By the time you read this, I should be close to arriving at a beautiful slice of creation called Hand Lake in northern Minnesota. It's a place my family has visited most summers for about five decades, so it is chock-full of positive memories along with the natural beauty of the place. My mom, some siblings, nieces and nephews and their young kids will be there, so it should be exciting (along with peaceful and relaxing)!
As is always the case, a lot will happen during the week that I'm gone. I'm thankful for all those -- staff, members, and friends -- who make ministry happen in and through this congregation. And I'm thankful for the chance to step away for a short time and be renewed for the work that is ahead of us. I pray that all of you have some opportunity for that as well.