We have much to be grateful for as we anticipate our annual Thanksgiving morning service in the woods and potluck later this month.
Earlier in September we welcomed a new Central American mother with three young children who is expecting a baby in December. Although we recognize and seek to be of help with the significant challenges that come with single-parenting in the midst of transition, being away from her home language culture and the whole family settling in after a time of significant stress, we also celebrate and enjoy each new baby as a unique gift from God.
We have especially enjoyed the presence of this family at our Sunday evening services. Like many things in a small community, this fellowship does not come without the requirement for creative solutions. Based on all of the families that live here, we have to be creative and flexible with our constantly changing child care for both worship and class times. In spite of challenges like navigating play dynamics or dealing with illnesses that get passed around, like the group of 2-4 year old children and one community member leading them in song last Sunday, “We say, thank you, thank you, thank you, O God!”
Just before the first frost, we were joined by a small group of young people from the New Meadow Run Bruderhof for our annual sweet potato harvest, which we topped off with games and a warm bonfire on a windy evening.