In the song “June is bustin’ out all over” from the musical Carousel, the characters sing: “You can feel it in your heart, you can see it in the ground, you can see it in the trees, you can smell it in the breeze. Look around! Look around! Look around!” What they’re referring to are the signs of summer.

For us as a community of faith, it’s the signs of the Holy Spirit “bustin’ out all over” we see this month. On Sunday June 8th we celebrate the Day of Pentecost in our 10am worship together. We hear the story of how the Spirit blew upon timid, fearful disciples and transformed them into powerful witnesses to the resurrected Christ. Wear red as we claim the power of the Holy Spirit helping us to grow in faith and courage and love in our daily lives. Then join the fun at Verdugo Park for a Potluck Pool Party beginning at 12:30pm to celebrate another wonderful year of Sunday School—everyone is welcome!

The signs of the Holy Spirit are also at work with another week of Summer Day Camp soon approaching on June 23-27th. Children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade will have an amazing experience of Bible study, singing, craft-making, and fun all led by trained counselors from Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences. This year’s theme is “Power Up!” Just as we daily power up our phones, computers and TV’s, at Bible camp our goal is to POWER up the faith life of children….which is much more difficult and much more important than just pushing the button on an iPad.

Sometime this month you may also anticipate hearing about another Special Congregational Meeting to be held after worship, as we consider receiving a significant lump sum from Brighton Hall in exchange for the use of our Administration Building. This money will allow us to make much needed property renovations that will enable us to fulfill our mission “to witness the Good News of God’s love through service in our community and beyond.”

Look around! Look around! Look around! These are only some of the signs of the Holy Spirit at work moving our church forward in new ways.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Gretchen Bingea