Newsletter September 2017

Newsletter, September, 2017

Oh, my goodness!

The summer is gone. No one told me that, as we get older, the days go by a lot faster. It’s fall. School is starting, and things are starting to perk up around the church.

The vast majority of us has been out of school for a long time, or at least, some time, but it seems that when school starts, everybody seems to get back in focus, most vacation time slows down, and we get back to a routine that seems to point us toward holiday seasons and the next vacation times.

Our first big opportunity of the fall is to spend a weekend with the Reverend Dr. Doug Skinner. Doug was the pastor of FCC-Plainview when I was in seminary in the 1980s, and is a good friend of many in this congregation. Doug will be in Lubbock for a program at FCC-Lubbock September 8 and 9. He will be preaching Friday evening and teaching Saturday morning. There is no charge for this event. Even if you have never met Doug, you will want to hear this great man of God teach and preach.

Our Fall Study Series begins September 19, and will continue for six weeks. We will begin on September 19, and will conclude on October 24. We always begin at 7:00 PM, and are usually out by 8:00 PM, or a little after. Our study this fall will be about prayer. I encourage you to come and join us.

Our Dine & Devote group continues to meet every Wednesday at 6:00 PM at a local restaurant. Dine & Devote is a great opportunity for fellowship, and concludes with a brief devotional. We always have room for more folks to join in for this mid-week gathering.

The Senior Adult Ministry—SAM—meets every 4th Tuesday at 11:45 AM at a designated place for food and fellowship. But don’t let the name of the group fool you—we have folks of all ages join us for this monthly opportunity.

On another note,s I am writing this article, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey are still devastating the people of southeast Texas. The storms and rain will end this week, but the losses will continue from flooding for days to come, and it will take a long time to clean up from this horrible storm.

I would imagine that all of us have family members, friends, friends of family, and family of friends who are being affected by Harvey, and at the time of this writing, it’s not over yet. We may be limited by what we can do physically for these folks in the way of the storm, but we can certainly lift them up in prayer day by day. Also, our church’s relief effort, the week of Compassion fund, is already on this situation, and is a good offering to use for getting help to needed areas. Week of Compassion sends 100% of monies donated to these types of catastrophes.

Finally, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest, our regional church, has extended a call to the Reverend Andy Mangum, senior minister of First Christian Church in Arlington, to become the new Regional Minister. I know Andy, and am looking forward to working with him when he comes on board November.

Sarah and I are almost completely settled in the parsonage. We thank you for all you have done for us. We look forward to having you in our home.

Blessings and peace,

Richard+

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