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 September 2017

I am thrilled that our Family Life Committee is hosting a “Back to Church” Sunday on September 17th!
It will be a day to get back into the habit of regularly attending church, but more than that, it will be a
time to renew our relationship with God and to reunite again with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Now please don’t misunderstand me. I don’t ever take time out from my relationship with God. I make time to worship God each day and I think God wants me to make time each week for rest from my work. I also think God wants me to make time for my family and to continue to learn about ministry through continuing education. All of these things involve “time away” from the work of the church. And I think you do that too with your life and work.
But the purpose of “Back to Church” Sunday is to “renew” our relationship with God. That means we are to explore our growing edges and look at how to deepen our relationship with God. It also means that we reconnect with our brothers and sisters in Christ and continue to take care of our relationships with one another.
As we “get back” into church this fall, I hope that you will also accept my challenge of inviting someone to do the same thing. I want you to think about some folks who have not been in church in a while or perhaps some folks who don’t have a church home. Think about how deepening their relationship with God and strengthening their relationship with others would enhance their life.
Is there a classmate, co-worker, relative, neighbor, or friend that needs a life with God in a loving and caring family of faith?
Would you consider inviting them to join us for worship at either 8:30 or 10:40 on that morning?
Maybe you could offer to pick them up and sit together in the service. We will have a brunch that day to which everyone is invited. We will also have a time for Sunday school leaders to share about their classes and what they are studying. Maybe both of you could join one of those groups where you will both find support for making your journey of faith with God.
I hope to see you then and I hope God will begin a new thing in all of us!
In Christ’s footsteps we walk,
Pastor Roger