Hey Wildwood Family!
With a projected high temperature of 87 degrees for today (October 21st) one could logically conclude that what has often been called ‘Indian summer’ is upon us. Interestingly, Indian summer is a phenomenon that is a hallmark of North America.
As many would know, Indian summer refers to a very warm spell that sometimes occurs in late October and November. References to the concept of Indian summer can be traced back to the late 1700’s. One suggested origin of the term is credited to Native Americans who first described the phenomenon to early European settlers.
No matter what all the facts are—this one thing is true: approaching 90 degrees in the latter part of October is NOT our most common experience. Take heart though, cooler weather shall come!! Trust me. 😉
I am very excited to start a new four-part sermon series this Sunday on the Old Testament Book of Ruth. The title I’ve given the series is, God Behind the Seen: The Book of Ruth. Ruth is a fascinating book for many reasons, not the least of which is God choosing to highlight the story of several women during one of the darkest periods of Israel’s history. God has always highly valued women (note how many women were a prominent fixture in Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection)
As we will share on Sunday, one of the major themes of Ruth is the Providence of God…it is woven through all four chapters. Sunday we will share a definition of Providence and begin to examine this fascinating book by unpacking chapter one. I strongly urge you to read at least chapter one before Sunday…it only has 22 verses. You might also just read ahead and get oriented to the whole book (it contains only 85 verses).
If you are interested in having a child dedicated at Wildwood, there will be a Baby Dedication class this Sunday at 11 am in the children’s downstairs theater. They tell me participation in the class is required to participate.
Hope to see you Sunday!