Somewhere Between Corn and Tobacco

Somewhere Between Corn and Tobacco

Author: Mark Fenstermacher
July 30, 2020

We were young. A secure job with a recent promotion had been left behind. I was driving a U-Haul truck, headed east on I-40 out of Knoxville, Tennessee, and my wife was following along behind in our car with our 9-month old son.

The clouds were low and dark as evening approached. I remember wondering what was ahead. I remember feeling scared and anxious about the unknown. We were moving to a city we had never visited, moving into an apartment we had never seen, and I would be attending a university I had only seen in photographs. As near as I could figure, we had enough money to get us to the end of the first semester and then...?

We were between the known and the unknown. We were between fields of Hoosier corn and fields of North Carolina tobacco.

This Sunday we begin a 3-week series of messages intended to address the uncertainties, losses and opportunities of the "In Between Season." Our congregation, our nation and our world are all in the middle of major transition moments. Things are changing. Some familiar people and patterns are gone, and we haven't yet settled into the new normal. Sort of the way it was for the Hebrew ex-slaves who had left Egypt but had yet to cross the Jordan River, arriving in Canaan.

God often does great and good things in our lives during the transition times. But it can all be a little scary!

What does the experience of the Hebrews in the wilderness tell us about how God may work in and through us right now in this unsettled season?

Join us this Sunday for worship at 10 a.m. either on-line or in person at Auburn First (we are masking and showing our love for one another by keeping a safe physical distance).

In Christ and for Christ
Pastor Mark

Things to know:

Your staff is in the middle of an exciting conversation about new and creative ways we can re-start small groups, Sunday school classes, etc.

On September 8th our office will return to its regular hours, opening at 9 a.m

Our plan is to move to two morning worship services on Sunday, September 27th. Worship attendance is growing so this could happen earlier.

The Administrative Council meeting has been moved to August 17th at 6 p.m.

An on-line bulletin will be developed and should be available beginning August 9th.

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Pat Kobiela is rejoining our administrative/finance team part-time beginning August 1st.

Thanks to all those who have participated in the "meet and greet" sessions with me. In the next weeks I will be sharing some of what I have been hearing.

Remember to live out God's love and light up the world like the stars shining in the night sky (Philippians)


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