We said goodbye to summer – and hello to fall – with a bang (or was it a splash?) on August 25, with our annual Ingathering Sunday worship service, our water ceremony, a lovely picnic potluck outside, and . . . a dunking booth! Yours truly, along with my colleague Rev. Leslie (it was her idea) took the plunge as folks lined up to toss balls at a target that released one of your church leaders (Board President Jim Nolan also graciously joined in) into a few hundred gallons of water.
Speaking only for myself, I must say getting dunked was a very fun way to start the new season at Heritage Church! From the gorgeous, cooler weather to the truly intergenerational atmosphere of the day to the return of our Choir to the taste of baked beans and potato chips to the face-painting and temporary tattoos (thank you Eva Sofge!) to the joy on a child’s face when they hit the bulls-eye and watched Rev. Bill fall into the water – well, it was a day to remember.
We strive to create many days to remember throughout the year in our church community. Coming up in the next few weeks, you’ll have a chance to take part in more. There’s the Friday the 13th Game Night. I’m looking to start up a walking group. Don’t miss the Halloween Party. There are special events – and regular, weekly and monthly gatherings – for everyone.
As I said during that Ingathering Sunday service, one of the most beautiful things about Heritage Church is the sense of community that always seems to welcome more and more people into the circle. That morning there were several newcomers, who quickly fit right in. Maybe it’s because we don’t take ourselves too seriously. I mean, how many churches can you walk into for the first time, and take part in a picnic, then get to see the preacher being dunked in a water booth?
Sure, we can be serious, and frequently spiritual, but having fun is also high on our list. In these challenging times, a good sense of humor can be one of the best vaccinations against anxiety, fatigue and stress. This month, I encourage you to laugh. To smile. To do something – even if it’s just one thing – that is completely silly. And enjoy doing it!
Welcome to fall! Have a wonderful month.