Loving God, Serving Others


August 12, 2022
Heidi-Ho, Neighbor!
How you doin’? I hope you’re surviving the heat, which doesn’t seem to be as bad as last year. It’s summer! What would we expect?? Get close to the water or fans or AC. Rest well and travel safe. Before you know it we’ll be wishing for warmer days. I imagine some of you are getting in a few last chances to travel before the school year kicks in. It’s always one of those ‘time flies’ moments for me when I go into a store and see back to school items for sale. 
I mentioned praying for leaders at church in last week’s Blast. Thanks for praying and please continue! 
Speaking of back to school… I got a call from Pastor Jose at the Country Church of the Open Bible. They’re heading up a program called Teach 1 Lead 1. It’s a mentoring program for the schools, and we’ve been given the opportunity to help mentor the third graders at Chattaroy Elementary! The idea is to help kids develop the universal principles of respect, integrity, self-control, courage, humility, excellence. compassion, enthusiasm, teamwork, and honor.  There’s 6 hours training, one hour per week with the students and an hour prep time. Are there any retired teachers or childcare workers out there? What an opportunity!  Check it out here:   https://t1l1.org/.  We’ve been praying for our community—here’s a chance to impact a life. 
Tremendous news! The fundraising for the marketing of Elinor’s book has blown the top off the (hypothetical) fundraising thermometer!! So far the total is $9987.75!!! I’ve said it before—you people are generous! This goes toward the Expo this coming week where new books are picked up for libraries and bookstores. Pray for God’s favor & leading on the book at that convention! AND the money is enough to help pay for the recording of the audio book. Thank you all for being a part of this! Congrats to Nanci  for winning the quilt raffle!
Don’t forget that we’re looking for help in the nursery (talk to Melissa) and with Story Hour. You can read to the kids once & a while, right? Sign up in the Fellowship Hall if you can read in the next couple Sundays. 
We’re getting close to the end of our 1 John series: two more to go. This week, I hope to answer the question, “What happens to us when we die?”  We’ll talk about heaven. 🙂
See you Sunday?
Pastor Rob
P.S. It’s Gospel Sunday, come on down, worship & enjoy!