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Sunday School 9am
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November 1 begins my time as your Interim Pastor. It is good to be with you; thank you for the warm welcome you expressed to Linda and me. We look forward to working alongside you doing God’s work in Peru.
For me, November conjures up thoughts of Fall, Saints and Thanksgiving.
What does it mean to be in Fall? It’s a time of fabulous color, leaves in the lawn, crispness in the air, harvest of the crops and a time of rest and renewal for the land. God created us to be fruitful and multiply, but God also commands us to rest and lay fallow so that we can be rejuvenated and restored. May your Fall include time for renewal.
In the beginning of the November we remember the saints who have joined the Church Triumphant. It is said that when someone we love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. I pray that you can rejoice in the joys you shared with your loved ones, as you choose to forgive any not so joyful times.
November closes out with Thanksgiving. Oh how I hope that you have much for which to be thankful. In the midst of what is to become a busy holiday season ahead, please make time to enjoy each day; spend time thinking of loved ones, be present with the people in your midst, and gently treat each person you encounter.
Graciously, Pr. William Weidenbach Jr.
Dear Friends in Christ,
Do you consider yourself a disciple of Jesus? Do you consider yourself a steward? Being a disciple and steward are two very important facets of our journey of faith as God’s people in Christ. These two elements of our faith journey help us connect the dots of everyday life and what it means to be followers of Christ as we live daily in the midst of God’s grace in Christ.
Over the next seven weeks, we will be involved with a ministry initiative entitled “Growing as Disciples and Stewards.” We will explore together the faith/discipleship practices of pray, study, worship, invite, serve, and give. With this initiative, we will celebrate our ministry together as disciples of Jesus and explore ways we can, as individuals, grow in our understanding and practice as disciples and stewards.
Our Kick Off weekend for “Growing as Disciples and Stewards” is Saturday/Sunday, October 6, 2018. We begin our seven - week emphasis with the faith/discipleship practice of PRAY. Through sermons, Bible Studies, and activities, we will explore what it means to be growing disciples and stewards, connecting the dots between faith, daily life, and our ministry as a congregation.
“Growing as Disciples and Stewards” Bible Study (for weekly emphasis)
An important component of our conversations of what it means to be a growing disciple and steward, will be a Bible Study each week highlighting the weekly faith/discipleship practice focus. You are invited to be a part of these studies and conversations of faith and discipleship. Our “Growing as Disciples and Stewards” Bible Studies will be distributed each week in the bulletin. Please use them individually, with your family, as part of scheduled ministry meetings or prayer groups.
Plan to be on hand in worship and join a “Growing as Disciples and Stewards” Bible Study. How exciting it will be, as together, we grow as disciples of Jesus and stewards of God’s rich gift of grace in our Lord Christ.
Growing in faith and discipleship together,
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