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Adult Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am (now meeting in church parlor)
Youth Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Elementary Sunday School  10:00-10:45
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Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 10:30 am 
Morning Worship: 11:00 am
Youth Group 12-2 pm (alternates with Youth Sunday School, please call to check times)
 
Wednesdays 
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library 
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm 
 
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God loves a cheerful giver!  (2 Cor 9:7)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

My family used to make fun of me when Christmas and their birthdays rolled around.  I was that mom who went all out on a “theme.”  Of course I did!  What fun it was to see what I could find that they didn’t even know existed – and to get it for the most amazing 
bargain!  The theatre kid would get Broadway gifts wrapped in playbill show paper. The avid world reader? Historic editions wrapped in maps!  I recently had the delight of getting a math major a Pi table.  Did you even know they make such a thing?! And you know who has the most fun in all this?  ME!  There’s nothing that makes me more delighted than wrapping up love according to the being of the other.

And oh gosh, doesn’t God take the cake on that?! Isn’t God the absolute KING of themed giving?!  Unwrapping for us the nature theme that provides air, water, food, life!  Gifting to sinners the ultimate absolution for their sins.  Lavishing love on outsiders, adopting them in to his family.  Blessing us, His beloved, with the gift of love that brings us in to the joy to come.  “It pleased God to reveal His Son” (Galatians 1:25).

What kind of giving gives you joy?  When you are a “cheerful giver,” that just pleases God so much!  He says to the angels, “Look there!  Made in my image!  That apple didn’t fall far from the tree!”

As we enter this time of preparing gifts to sustain our family in faith through the coming church year, think about the delight with which your gifts will bless others!  It’s all a big themed party!  

Who will turn on the heat so God’s children don’t get cold when they’re listening to God’s stories?  And in extending that love to the community, who will turn on the heat when our musician friends come with the gift of melody for the whole town?  Make those radiators sing!

Speaking of singing, who will turn a penny into a page for the choir?  Who will bring the ink for the copier so that the words of Jesus for Red Letter Jesus really are red?

We are up to 11.5% of our giving going directly to mission.  So when you bring love to a shut in, and love to a church dinner, and love to the children you also bring love to the least of these—love in tangible support.

When you give to the general budget, there is very specific ministry that can happen because of your generosity.  When you give to the special building reserves you equip not only the function of our program, but the function of many, many programs in the community that meet in the shelter of God’s house.  When you give of your time and talent you are laying down your life for the Gospel – whether serving as an elder, a choir member, a teacher, an office substitute, a worker bee in making honey that makes life sweet for so many.

Now we are planning for the joy of a new year of ministry together.  How will your delight enable the worship, fellowship, prayer, study, and participation of others?  Our budget is built on your cheerful giving.

Please, prayerfully consider how you may best serve the mission of First Presbyterian. Then, make a pledge.  We will kick off our cheerful giving drive on World Wide Communion Sunday, October 7, and will culminate on November 4th with a pot luck dinner and a 
service of commitment.  Join in the joy!

Your Sister in Christ,

Pastor Karen