Several weeks ago I realized that a local drugstore had already put out Halloween decorations, costumes, candies, and cards—about two months early. I had to stop and remember that it really was only August and I wasn’t behind in getting prepared. Two explanations came to mind, in addition to sales. I wondered if either people are so spooked by COVID and its variations that “real” ghosts and goblins seemed preferable, or if we’re all looking for a fun celebration of any sort and eager for it to come.
I don’t know. And I don’t know that kids will be out trick-or-treating this year. But I do know for certain that we have some real fun things in store at First UMC in October including the annual Blessing of the Animals, World Communion Sunday, our First UMC Anniversary, the Westside Food Bank Hunger Walk, Larry Young’s new Zoom Bible Study, the Wednesday Mid-Week Recital, Children’s Sabbath and giving out Bibles to our 4th Graders.
Wear your costume if you’d like, but don’t miss any of it. And if you want to bring some Halloween treats to share, I don’t think anyone would mind.
I look forward to worshipping, studying, celebrating and serving with all of you!