By Ellen Di Giosia
We all know summer is a ton of fun. Whether you’ve spent it at the beach, in the pool, or on vacation, it’s good to get away from the grind for a little while and hang out with family and friends. But by August, the newness has definitely worn off. The beach is just so . . . sandy, and the chlorine in the pool burns the eyes. Even vacation seems harder – bickering from the backseat, too much fast food, long lines at airport and destination.
So there may be tears from students – and perhaps from parents of kindergarteners and college freshmen – but that whooping sound you hear is from many tired parents ready to drop the kids off at school and get back into the routine. Even homeschool parents relish a return to a more structured day and the clearer expectations that come with it. The summer reading may have been haphazard, but new folders will soon be filled with book titles and parent signatures. There’s just something about a routine that engenders commitment.
And guess what? It doesn’t just apply to kids and schoolwork! Now’s the perfect time to get back to church. Discipleship opportunities are all around you at Woodland, and Sunday School is an ideal weekly routine. Whether you prefer in-depth Bible study or topical groups, there is a class for you. Most importantly, on “just a routine Sunday morning,” you’ll be making friends, growing spiritually, and finding support for life’s difficulties and celebration for life’s joys. Before long, you won’t want to miss a single Sunday!
On Sunday morning, August 25, we’ll have a Kick-Off Coffee Hour to celebrate a new Sunday School year. We have some new class names, mission partnerships for each class, and a whole new slate of seminars. It’s the perfect time find a place that works for you. Our children and youth will promote to their new grade levels that day, so everything will feel fresh and new! Join us at 9:00am in Maresh Hall to get more information and catch up with friends you’ve missed over the summer. Hope to see you there!