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We-Mail from Pastor Mark

Dear Friends:  

This is a great week for vacations and band contests. Many of our folks who haven’t taken a vacation are getting out of town, plus a number of our youth who play in marching bands are heavy into competitions this coming weekend. Please keep them all in your prayers as they travel.
We are continuing our sermon series “A Good and Beautiful Community” with the focus on reconciliation. We can individually forgive, but it takes two for reconciliation because it is a process, a give and take so that we can be entirely free. I invite you to read our passage from 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. Take time to read slowly and reflect on what you see and hear. I believe we all have someone to forgive, but what about being reconciled?
Our Adopt a Family Golf Open is on Saturday, 9/29. Registration for golfers closes on Friday, 9/21 so if you’d like to play contact Kermit Sandorf.  Just for fun there is a putting contest, so who will be the “Winner?”
If you have a coat or jacket for children or adults that is lightly worn, bring it to church and donate it to the Adopt-A-Family Coat Drive for Crisis Nursery, Wentzville campus. We’ll have the big giving box in the lobby on Sunday and can take coats through Sunday, 9/30. If we wait for cold weather to return, it’s after the fact, so clean out that closet and bring your coats in now so that those who need something warm will have it when the North Wind blows again.

The Way Forward
Our next open discussion on “The Way Forward” is scheduled for this Sunday afternoon, 9/23 from 4-5 pm. There are several choices regarding the language and policy of our Book of Discipline for persons who are non-practicing LBGTQ clergy in the United Methodist Church.  A document has been prepared and sent to every United Methodist Conference around the world in the language of those conferences.
We have copies of this proposal with a summary and you can pick one up in the church office. A video by Rev. Matt Miofsky, senior pastor of The Gathering in St. Louis, biblically lays out the issue before the United Methodist Church. We will gather in the Library this Sunday at 4 pm to hear your concerns and review the materials. Our Town Hall meeting with Bishop Bob Farr will be at our church on Monday evening, 10/8 from 7-9 p.m. Both our open discussion this Sunday and the Town Hall meeting are open to everyone.
See you on Sunday,

Pastor Mark


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