Pastor's Note
Pastor, Tim Benjamin

pastors note
pastor, Tim Benjamin

I was outside running a few miles this morning and it was just about the perfect morning to be out. I didn't want to come back. I have been outside doing a few things today and I am looking forward to going on a walk tonight. But in the midst of all of this beautiful weather, you know what else I did today? I logged on to and I ordered a hoodie. Now, that doesn't seem like something I should be thinking about on a day like today as the sunshine is coming in my office window and I can't wait to get outside, but I have to face facts. Tomorrow is August, which is just a short time from September and it won't be long after that until I am going to need that hoodie (which was $35 off!) Be on the lookout in mid-September for that hoodie to start making appearances. Man, that sentence broke my heart to type.

Yes, we are enjoying this summer weather, but fall is just around the corner. Back to school stuff is already out at Walmart and we are probably about a week away from Christmas stuff starting to show up in stores. As I am reflecting on how quickly time flies, I am reminded of our friend, King Solomon, who also had a unique perspective on time. We read about his philosophy on time in the poem printed on this page.

In as quickly as time goes, the Good Lord does give us time for everything. Whether or not we make good use of that time or not is a part of the blessing and curse of having free will. There is time for everything, including being outside in short sleeves and wearing hoodies.

In the pages of this newsletter, we want you to learn all about what there will be time for at Forest Park all through the fall. The question is, will you allow the time to be involved? I invite you to read over Solomon's words here from Ecclesiastes 3 and see if this ancient poem might not speak to you and your situation. Each line of the poem is about balance. You spend too much time tearing down, you will not have enough time to build up. If you spend too much time grieving, you will not have enough time to dance. If you spend too much time turning away, you will not have enough time to embrace. Somewhere in each 'and' in this poem is a balance, a time to stop doing one thing so that you can do the other. I hope that your life will have a few ‘and's in it this fall so that you can make times for the activities in this poem to nurture you and build you up.

Tim Benjamin