PASTOR'S PEN...            

      We have been watching the hurricane devastation over the last several weeks, and there are so many people that remain without basic necessities.  As a church, we have responded with generosity, and I am sure that there will be more opportunities to give in the future.  Soon enough, there will be disaster relief trip options that will open up, and I will try to remain updated for that outreach.  Hopefully we will be able to put a team together for that relief work, also.  Thank you to all those that gave and thank you to all those that are willing to serve when the opportunity arises.

          I was fortunate enough to attend district conference again this year.  New Fairview COB was a very gracious host, and I was able to see a lot of friends.  Every time I attend, it is like attending a family reunion because you get the chance to see how everyone is doing.  The business of the district went fairly smoothly.  The only sticking point came at conference stemmed around our district's policy on "Issues Pertaining to Same Sex Ceremonies."  The sticking point was simply over the wording of the policy.

          It was a pleasure to assist with setting up the Brethren Disaster Relief Auction.  There were six of us that went down to help set up.  Paul Holtry, Paul Rue, Charles Dyarman, Sue Hunt, Roy Burkepile and I were the group that went down.  Please consider going down next year.  All the help is appreciated.

          I am looking forward to making apple butter on October 19-21.  This will definitely be something new for me and my family.  I have eaten the apple butter, but I have never made the apple butter.  I am sure that any volunteer that wants to help will be greatly appreciated.

          We will be starting a new Bible study curriculum for Wednesday evening.  The book is entitled "I am a Church Member", and it is by Tom Rainer.  We will begin this study on October 4th.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

          I will certainly say that I probably missed some activity that I should have mentioned and for that, I apologize.  As we are preparing for Love Feast on October 1, I wanted you to consider John 13:14.  Jesus had just finished washing His disciple’s feet and explains, "So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet."  From the staggering calendar of events that we are maintaining as a body, there are many opportunities for us to wash each other’s feet.  Please do not hesitate in serving one another as Christ has served you.


                                                                                                      Blessings – Leon