Dear Congregational Family,

1. “Praise in the Park”: Last Saturday “Praise in the Park” was held in the Ruthfred Ballfield. We enjoyed an incredible evening together praising the Lord Jesus and having fellowship with each other! It far exceeded our expectations in every way! God even held off the severe thunderstorm until the concert of praise had ended. Thank you to our church musicians – Rory Smith, Mark Arelt, Vern Underwood, and Pete Huwe! Special thanks to David Compel for working tirelessly to bring this to fruition! Many others contributed their efforts to making this possible. God be praised! (see pictures below)

2. Fall Schedule: Please be in prayer for our church leadership teams as we are diligently working to plan out our Fall Schedule in the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 situation. We want to move forward with all ministries that we can, while also being sensitive to as many needs and concerns as possible. We recognize that we cannot please everyone, but we do want to be respectful of everyone. We want to make as many opportunities available for spiritual growth as possible. As Christians, we are called to be “bold and courageous” and to “fear not” for “the Lord is with us.” We want to walk forward, not carelessly, but confidently; with compassion and with courage.

3. The Slaughter of Christians in Africa: Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country (and projected to be the fourth most populous in the world by 2050), largest economy and biggest democracy and is considered a “bellwether” for the African continent as a whole. It is beyond troubling that the Nigerian government has totally ignored the crises and the world itself barely notices. Why should we care about Christians being slaughtered in the ongoing genocide in Nigeria today? First of all, as Christians we care for all life! Secondly, they are our brothers and sisters in Christ! Thirdly, if Christians can be eliminated by slaughter in a country the size of Nigeria, with no outcry of the world conscience; Christians in every country have reason to be concerned for their religious freedoms. Unfortunately, the U.S. has backed away from its promise to let in Christian Nigeria religious refugees. For more information check out: silentslaughterNigeria.com or WORLD magazine in our church library.

4. Unseen Covid-19 Effects: The Center for Disease Control has reported that “40 percent of American adults have reported struggling with mental health or substance abuse” during this time of Covid-19. One third reported feelings of anxiety and/or depression, and one-quarter said that they were struggling with trauma-related issues. One in eight reported either developing or increasing substance-abuse problems, and eleven percent reported that they were seriously considering suicide in the last few months. As our nation increasingly struggles with mental health issues during these challenging times, as Christians, let us listen to those around us, and reach out to others with the love and compassion of Christ.

5. Sermon: Title: “The Ingredients of LOVE” Text: Romans 12:9-21

God bless you as we continue,

“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God”

Pastor Carlson