We are God’s well-loved children! We are young, not-so young, married, single, in partnerships, widows, and widowers. We are ethnically, racially, politically, socially, economically, and theologically diverse, and we love each other! We like to say that we are blessed to be a blessing! We use who we are to build relationships with each other and the neighbors around us.
At its meeting this past Sunday, the session expressed gratitude that Covid cases around us are decreasing steadily each week. We know that there continue to be breakthrough cases and cases among those who are not vaccinated, but even those are decreasing. With thanksgiving to God for what appears to be light at the end of this long and dark pandemic tunnel, the session voted to do away with protocols that deal with the wearing of masks indoors during worship. Beginning this Sunday, 10/17, you may attend worship with or without a mask; the decision is yours.
What a great amount of non-perishable food we’ve received for our backpack ministry with Lynn Haven Elementary School! Last week we filled 17 backpacks with nourishing food that will help sustain a student and their family over the weekend. Seventeen is a high number to begin the school year, and we anticipate that number increasing, so please know how grateful we are for your generosity! One half of our 2-Cents-a-Meal offering supports our Backpack Ministry; that offering is received the last Sunday of every month!
The Presbytery of Florida meets this Saturday at Camp Dogwood Acres. Pastor Lisa and Elder Rich Kangas will attend, and Brad Thoreson will serve as technical administrator and musician! This will be our first in-person gathering of the presbytery since 2019.
Fellowship Hour following worship resumes next Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Fellowship Hall. If you’d like to sign up to provide simple snacks, please contact Marcia Burden or Wanda Wallace.
Blessed to be a blessing! October 30 is coming soon! If you’d like to help a sister congregation in DeFuniak Springs spruce up their facility (painting, outdoor work, some lighter cleaning), please see Pastor Lisa. 9-noon, and lunch is served!
Adult Christian Education Sunday begins Nov. 7, 8:45-9:30 am. Pastor Lisa will be leading a class that focuses on our Reformed tradition. What do we believe, and why, as Reformed Presbyterians? This class is open to anyone – no need to register beforehand! Bonus: The coffee will be hot when you arrive! ☺
If you’d like to help create and assemble seasonal Christian Education packets for our children and youth, please contact Pastor Lisa. These packets will enable our children and youth to grow in faith through the important seasons of our church year. The first packet we’ll work on is “Giving Thanks: A Month of Thanksgiving”. Thank you for helping!
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Debbie Gabbard, 10/1
David Rutenberg, 10/2
Elizabeth Renfroe, 10/8
Dee Dee Broadhead, 10/12
Nancy Everritt, 10/12
Jim Griggs, 10/12
Richard Brzozowski, 10/19
Kathy Welsh, 10/19
Maxie Hooper, 10/23
Eric Stanley, 10/25
Rita Nixon, 10/31
Janet & Richard Walker 10/8
Carol & Dave Kidwell 10/9
Kathy & Dennis Welsh10/10
Reed & Lisa Holloway 10/11
Sandy & Rich Filippi 10/13