Thoughts from the Pastor – VBS

This past week a bunch of our kids were over at Kennewick First Lutheran for Day Camp run by three counselors from Lutherhaven. I got to be over there regularly, checking in and helping to make sure things were running smoothly. From what I can tell, all kids of every age had a great time! They learned new songs, played games and created crafts, and explored what it means to be God’s masterpiece, created in the image of God. I am grateful for this opportunity for our kids, and for our youth and adults as well. There are many that deserve our thanks for investing in our kids this past week!
One thing that excites me about our day camp is that it is a wider-church event! There were at least three congregations participating (Lord of Life, Kennewick First, and Pasco First – the three ELCA congregations of the Tri-Cities), and it was run by counselors from Lutherhaven, one of our Lutheran camps. It is activities like this, when we come together in ministry, that remind me we really are church, better together. We are not in this alone as Lord of Life, we have partners throughout the ELCA and even ecumenically that we partner together to do God’s work. It’s my hope that we will continue to pursue these partnerships, continue to work together, because we are God’s people, the church, better together!