With God as our Father, we are called to be a family, each of us treasured as an individual while also loved as an integral part of the whole. We are beautifully diverse, yet united in our love for Him and for each other.

It is a special joy within God’s family, especially the branch here at Westchester Lutheran, to watch each generation come into its own. We have the privilege and the responsibility to help raise each generation as children of the Kingdom. As the children of this school and congregation become men and women of the Kingdom, we are inspired by their journey and blessed by the fruits they bear. We offer support and guidance, remember them in our prayers, and rejoice in their success.

At this week’s Friday Family Festival, a son of this congregation will share his journey with us. Marc Payne, now a successful singer/songwriter/producer, will return to help lead worship and to speak to the gathering. The Festival will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from Marc, to celebrate with him, and to come together in praise and fellowship.

The ways in which our family celebrates are as diverse as our family. We are grateful that so many of you participated in the Wednesday Worship Shows during Lent this year. If you haven’t been to a Friday Family Festival yet, if you haven’t been to Midweek Bible Study or brought your children to Sunday School and On This Rock, we invite you to do so at your first opportunity. Experience the diversity of our family, and give thanks to the Holy Spirit for gathering us together here.

The Festival begins at 6 p.m. LaRocco’s pizza will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the Festival, for only $3 a person. Come celebrate with your family, with His family.

“You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.”

Ephesians 2:19-21