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Pastor's Newsletter SEP 2017

Dear Church family,

It’s time for me to write for the church newsletter once again.  September is a special month for us as we transition from summer to fall.  I look forward to finishing some things like mowing and hot weather and bringing in other events like football games and preparations for harvest.

The whole growth process from planting to harvest is pictured in 1 Corinthians which will be our main source of Bible Study on Sunday mornings for this upcoming school year.  God reminds us as we grow in His kingdom and in His Church that the different people with different gifts will be used along the way.

Note the words of 1 Cor. 3:6:  “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow”.  We each have a role to play, a gift to share, a job to do, but God makes things grow.  He deserves the glory and is the Source of all the faithful good in His church.

Often our time in Scripture simply reaffirms God’s calling in our lives and we receive strength and encouragement.  Sometimes we feel the conviction of God’s Spirit and we know we are being called to change.  We receive grace and mercy, comfort and hope for eternity.

Thank you for the privilege of serving as your pastor and living out the calling of God in our midst.  I am keenly aware this past summer how much I need our church to bless me with prayer, faithful service, and monetary blessing.

I am thankful for the unity of God’s Spirit which we are also experiencing.  Many times people refer to Corinthians as a letter to teach when your church is troubled.  While it may serve as medicine for some in this regard, I prefer to view it as good food or a nourishing dessert at a good meal.  May it make us strong and healthy so we won’t need other remedies and can avoid other toxic discouragements.  May God’s Word also keep us loving and involved in caring for each other as well.

With You in the Lord’s service,

Richard Boettner, pastor