CHANGING SEASONS Changing seasons may seem like a foreign concept to Californians. It's said we have two seasons here: summer and fire. While much of the country is witnessing the reds, golds and browns of the falling leaves right about now, we're hoping that the So Cal drought, as regrettable as it always is, was serious enough this year to deprive the local hills and state parks of the growth that turns inevitably into kindling once the fall fire season comes round again. As unignorable as this weather cycle is, this is not the only way we keep track of time - not by a long stretch. As Lutherans, we observe the six seasons of the Church's liturgical year. Right about now, according to that, the "long, green season" of Pentecost is, indeed, getting long in the tooth. Even the green there is starting to turn brown. Soon, we'll be looking (liturgically speaking) at the end of all time once again, when we affirm concerning our Lord Jesus who ascended to the right hand of God that "from thence He shall come again to judge the living and the dead." In the meantime, however, the Church has her marching orders; namely, to make disciples of all nations - to the last generation. So, with that we start up, here at Peace, another Sunday school and academic year not only for the little ones - but for young and old alike. For in Christ, we are all children of God. May God the Holy Spirit, therefore, keep you steadfast in your growth in the knowledge of His wonderful grace! Amen.