This is my Pastor’s Ponderings article for the ONE in Christ July newsletter.
I have a series of little notes as we enter into July:
First, I want to thank Vita Gosse and Joan Turnquist for their hard work for the two Vacation Bible Schools we sponsored this summer. Most of us don’t realize the amount of effort these two ladies put into creating this week of learning for young people. They are a blessing to our churches; please thank them for all that they do.
Second, thank you for getting behind the cause of our VBS this year, Heifer Internationals Irrigation Pumps. In her article, Vita touched on a hidden benefit of these pumps. In many communities, getting water for the household is the work of girls. This means they miss school to get water for their family. Providing better irrigation has the added benefit of improving women’s education, which benefits the world. We will have a total of the donations for next month.
Third, you may have noticed the newsletter submission deadline is early this month. We hope to get the newsletter out early because we will be collecting specific school supplies for our local schools. We will have shopping lists for next month, and want to give added time for you to pick up these items.
Fourth, I will be offering an adult education class on Faith Practices during July to present different ways to think about our faith and traditions. This class will be at 6:30 pm at Nazareth. You don’t have to register, just show up!
Fifth, from your surveys on Summer worship, there seems to be an interest, but there was no consensus on a day of the week to hold it. I will be taking the information on that, as well as the Christmas Service surveys to the Parish Council later this month.
Sixth, I will be attending two Continuing Education events at Luther Seminary in St. Paul during the last week of July. I will have a local pastor available in case of an emergency. If there is an emergency, call my cellphone or a church office.
Seventh, I am trying to post a version of my Sunday sermon or a recording of one of them each week on the Pastor’s Page at ONEinChristLutherans.com. I don’t have everything worked out yet, but I’m hoping that one or the other will be available by Tuesdays.
Let us be ONE in Christ,
Pastor Brian Robert Campbell
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Pastor Brian Robert Campbell has served at Our Savior's and Emmanuel since August 1, 2011, and began serving Nazareth on December 1, 2015.
Pastor Brian is originally from Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated from Alma College with a B.A. in Business Administration, and worked for the Saginaw Public Schools' Community Education Department for 17 years before answering the call to ministry. He graduated with a M. Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2011. ONE in Christ Lutheran Parish is his first call.
He is the only child of Robert and Charlotte Campbell, both who have entered the Church Eternal.
He is accompanied in ministry by his faithful bulldogge Ananias, who regularly writes for our newsletter. His articles are archived here.
He is a fan of sports teams from his native Michigan, especially the Tigers and the Lions. But we tolerate him despite that.
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