Summer has arrived.  We in South Dakota so enjoy these long, warm days when we can spend more time outdoors and enjoy the world that God has created.  I think this time will be more welcome this year as we can now gather together with assurance and the anxiety and unknowns of last summer are waning.

We have planned some gathering events as a congregation to enjoy time together outdoors.  Each month we will have a church picnic.  They are planned for the second Sunday of each month as “bring your own” picnic lunch (at least to start) to eat with other Grace members.  The first of these is at Laurel Oaks on June 13th after church.

We also will have a campfire worship each month.  Bring a lawn chair and gather with others around a fire in the upper parking lot to sing around the campfire and hear a story to inspire faith.  A campfire treat will be shared.  The first is scheduled for Wednesday, June 23 at 8:00 pm.  The “formal” campfire will last about 1/2 an hour with fellowship time to follow.

These events provide an opportunity for Grace to gather together to reconnect after too much time apart.  Fellowship with other Christians is an important aspect of our faith life.  We come together, we get to know each other, and we provide support for one another in our joys and sorrows.  I encourage you to participate as you are able to grow in community and find strength and encouragement from time spent together.  I’m looking forward to these events.  I hope to see you there!

Blessings on your June!  

Pastor Siri Sorenson