Summer has been a time of vacations, fun, and relaxing. Now that
August is here, school
is now in session and the busy school season has begun. It is time
to start back to school! Sports and after school activities are starting
back up – along with youth group and church activities. Now is a
wonderful time to center ourselves in the word of God.

There are so many things that can and do distract us from God and
we need to stay disciplined in the Word. In the hectic hours of life,
God’s word can rejuvenate our spirits and bodies to handle the
daily grind that comes our way. It is my prayer that you will find
time this fall to devote yourselves to God through prayer, bible
study, Sunday school, and church services.

As we go into the start of school, I want to share with you a back to
school blessing that has been put out for the United Methodist
Back-to-school blessing
by the Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton
Bless my paper and my pen.
Guide my spirit deep within.
Help me think and help me play,
This whole school year, day by day.
As I move from class to class,
Guide my footsteps; clear my path.

Keep my tongue to speak your words.
Let your will for me be heard.
In every subject high or low,
May God's excellence be shown!
Keep me strong to reach the prize,
To grow in grace, becoming wise.
Whether far from home or near,
May I hold God's precepts dear.
To do my best at every task;
For this blessing, I do ask.

Help my family be a part
As I lift my mind and heart.
As I study, work, and pray,
Be with them throughout the day.
Of whom much is given, much is required.
May learning be your greatest desire!

Blessings, Rev. April

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