It is October and we are off to a good start to our new church year. Our Rally Day brought our children back to church with all the promise and hope of a new Sunday school year. Thank you to Nancy Vazquez, our Superintendent of Sunday school, and our teachers. We all need to help our Sunday school nurture our children in the faith.

     Our annual outdoor under-the-tent worship service and pot luck BBQ was another overwhelming success. The hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, salads, and desserts made for some great Methodist morsels!. Thank you to Chris and Frank Niemann for organizing the men’s softball team to bring out chairs and tables and setting up and cleaning up.  Thank you to all who worked hard at making our annual BBQ/outdoor worship a success.  

     Also, our  sanctuary is being painted, at no cost to our church, thanks to Lee Hubert, Ron Schimmenti and Justin Schimmenti and a host of volunteers that move the scaffolding. The plan is to have the painting completed by the end of September. We plan to be back worshipping in our sanctuary on Sunday, October 7th.

     As much as I love Summer, Fall is a wonderful time of the year. All the leaves on the trees and plants change into multi-colored works of art. The weather so far is perfect 70’s and 80’s with cooler temperatures rolling in. It is a great time to break out the jackets, coats, boots, scarves and hats in preparation of the change in season.  For me, Fall is all about coming back to church and getting actively involved in our church activities.

     You have probably heard me say it before, and you will probably hear me say it again, I believe that we are all created in God’s image, each with our set of gifts and talents, and all of us with a unique and individual calling unlike any other!  What is your calling?  Who has God created you to be?

     My ongoing hope is that together we will embark on this new season by reflecting on the journey we are on as individuals and as the Islip United Methodist Church. A church that is called to live out our faith and our discipleship, not for our sake, but for the sake of Jesus and God’s kingdom, as together we seek to share the love and joy that is a deeper, more meaningful connection to God – our Creator, and Redeemer, and Sustainer.  

Yours in the great love of our Lord Jesus,

Douglas Madlon, Pastor

Pastor Douglas Madlon - Far Right