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  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

I can hardly believe that we are about to enter October! What comes to mind for you? Perhaps it’s the first feelings of cooler mornings, sitting with coffee on the porch. Maybe it’s fall festivals, football, pumpkin patches, and Halloween. With Austin’s birthday being on Halloween, I know that October is one of the busiest times of year for us, and it seems to stay that way until the end of the holiday season. It also seems to be the case in the church as we build momentum toward Advent and Christmas. Things get busy!

Something that may not immediately come to mind but is deeply important in the lifecycle of the church is our annual stewardship season which kicks off this Sunday, October 1st. Throughout his letters, Paul describes servants of Christ as “stewards of the mysteries of God” (you can find this in 1 Corinthians 4). Consider the steward as a manager, trustee, administrator; As someone in service to the commission that has been placed on each of us as disciples of Christ. We must not only be mindful of how we serve and leave others but about how we manage the resources that allow us to do the work God has called each of us to do.

This year we’ll spend four weeks on stewardship considering what it means to be “Together on Mission” and how our gifts, time, talents and money can contribute to the current and future endeavors of Memorial. What is it that you hope to see happen in 2024? In what ways is God working through our church to serve Fernandina Beach, Yulee, and beyond and how can those endeavors be further supported? I hope you’ll join us each week this month as we journey through this vital series.

I look forward to seeing you this week in service, and don’t forget to bring your pet to get blessed at St. Peter’s at 2:00PM!

With Grace and Peace,

Pastor Rachel

  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

It is not an understatement at all when I say that last several weeks have been a whirlwind for Margaret and myself. Between scheduled and unscheduled trips we have flown across the Atlantic Ocean a total of six times. It was good to gather with family to celebrate my Mum’s life, and it was valuable to have time to begin to work through some of the things that have to be worked through after the loss of a loved one, but honestly, this time last week Margaret and I were more than ready to return to our American home and begin to find some semblance of rhythm in our lives again.

Getting back into my weekly routine this week has been good. It was good to be in worship on Sunday, and to hold staff meeting on Monday, it was good to write a sermon on Tuesday that will preach on Sunday, it was also good to attend the Finance Meeting on Tuesday night (I’m not even kidding about that!), it was good to meet with my Wednesday morning class and the Thursday morning Lunch and learn group. And in the middle of all that it was good to make phone calls and visits to check in with some of our people.

Beating steadily behind of all of this – the travel, the grief, the re-entry to a more normal routine – has been the words of Scripture I shared with you a few weeks back (and that I will preach on this Sunday) from Lamentations 3 – “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” I have said or sung these words to myself frequently and have found them to be sustaining food for the days I am in. I hope the good news of God’s ceaseless steadfast love and mercy is sustaining for you too.


Pastor Charlie

  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always looked forward to the start of the school year. Yes, I happened to love school, but I also loved what came with the start of the school year- new school supplies and clothes, extracurricular activities, football, fall, and eventually the holidays.

And though I’m no longer in school and Austin isn’t quite at the “back to school” phase of his education, I still look forward to the start of the school year because it generally signals the restarting of our own personal and church routines. You might be feeling, as many of us have, the desire to get back into a “normal” rhythm, especially after my transition here to Memorial and Charlie’s travels. Believe me when I say we are all eager to get back into the normal routines of worship this fall.

We’ve got new classes starting soon, a new book launching at our Lunch & Learn this week, and calendar that’s starting to fill up with exciting opportunities for mission, prayer and discipleship.

I wonder if there is something you’ve been missing from your own church or personal routine that you’d like to re-start?

I’ve heard from a few folks that they are looking to dive deeper into their spiritual gifts, and a great place to start is by practicing a spiritual discipline or two that allows you to think about how you can best serve God and others. For me, I have found that I miss my daily scripture time, and I’m eager to spend just a few more minutes diving into the Word each morning.

Will you join me in adding something back into your routine? Let me know how I can support you in your journey. I look forward to seeing you all “back to school” this fall!

With Grace and Peace,

Pastor Rachel

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