​September....how did this happen? Last thing I remember was writing about summer, and now here I am writing to you about September. Again, yes, I said September! Soon it will be December, yes I said it before someone else did. When I was much younger, I would desperately hold onto those last days of summer, even into the beginning of the school year.

Some people look at September as a new start, especially  students, but it is also a time to rally everyone back together from vacations, outings, etc. It can sometimes also be about routine.

You know what I mean by routine? Getting up at an alarm, hitting the snooze button a couple of times, trying to find what clothes to wear(even though we put them out the night before.) , getting to our ride on time, sitting in homeroom on time, I think you get the idea.  I know personally I was still dreaming of summer.

One of the big trips we took every year as a family was to Ocean City, New Jersey. We rented the same little cottage for probably over 25 years. I would really try to hold onto that time in my head. There was an old fishing pier that was right near the beach we went to, even though deserted for years, it still held some type of ambiance to the shoreline. When I got older, that fishing pier slowly started to fall apart, until the one summer it was gone. I was at a new point in my life and all I wanted to see was that fishing pier one last time! Well, I did, and it did come at the right time of a "new beginning" for things in my life. I went into one of the shops on the boardwalk and found a small picture of it and down below said this "Behold, I make all things new." Revelation 21:5a. This was perfect and has become one of my favorite verses in the Bible.

So, in September, things have started again, and new things will pop up. Maybe new friends, a new teacher, a new club, a new song, a new fishing pier (Okay, well, that is my own), new ways to try new things. I think you get the idea.

Speaking of new things, I am trying some "new things" for September and October. On September 29, I thought I would try something new. I know some youth groups have watched Star Wars, and such, but what about watching a person's life unfold. Right now, I know movies have taken to talking about a musician and his/her life. I wanted us to see one film in the theater, but that movie does not come out until March 2020, so that would be tough. So at 12:00 noon, we will eat pizza, and popcorn, and watch "I Can Only Imagine" about the lead singer of the Christian group, Mercy Me.

On October 13, we will head to Hellerick's farm and fellowship together doing the Corn Maze and other fall activities there. Yes, I am well aware of the ropes course there, and I am going to save that event for the Spring....so someone remind me lol.

I know it feels weird at times when we try something new, we may be scared, maybe even feel different. This is a normal feeling, and actually discussing this with others is also a good thing as well. My charge to you is to see how God is making all things new in your life right now. You may not notice it at first, but it is there.

Pastor Jonathan