What a great time of year! Leaves are beginning to change color and fall. Football at every level is in full swing. Nearly every dish or drink you can think of is being ruined as we speak by someone adding “pumpkin spice” to it (I’m kidding, somewhat). The fall is an absolutely great time of year!

It is also a great time of year to practice the art of retreating. As I type, I am on a staff retreat where the idea is not only to connect with one another as a staff, but also to make sure that you are fully connected to God. Sign-ups have begun in Student Ministry for our middle school fall retreat, and our high school fall retreat will begin to register soon. Fall can tend to be one of the busiest times of the year. School has started back, sports are in full swing, and schedules are constantly filling up.

This is not a rant against moving too fast. This is not someone telling you that you are doing too much. However, in the midst of things ramping up, getting busy, and becoming chaotic, we cannot neglect that connection. We must make the time to regularly check that connection. That connection must be cared for and nurtured just like any important relationship in our life. This fall, remember: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4, ESV)

This fall, let our lives and our church be known as people who are living in Christ.

Jeremy Taylor
Student Minister

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