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"30 days hath September"
THE HEART OF LIFE

"O give thanks unto the Lord, for His steadfast love endures forever; who alone does great wonders,for His steadfast love endures forever." Psalm 136;3-4

God, give me the heart of a child, a heart that is constantly amazed and awed by Your greatness......

September.... the start of school, the slow closing of summer, the amazement of a changing season. When you pause from daily routines, new routines, struck by the intensity of an bright sunset or majesty of a full tree, ripening fruit, beauty of a butterfly, you catch a glimpse of the divine mystery at the heart of life. It is a glimmer of God's handiwork, vanishing as quickly as it captured your attention. May we never lose the "wow" we feel for the things that God spreads before us in the world at this time of year.

Classrooms and labs, loud boiling test tubes...sing to the Lord a new song!
Athlete and band, loud cheering people...sing to the Lord a new song!
Knowledge and truth, loud sounding wisdom...sing to the Lord a new song!
Families and friends, loud praying members...sing to the Lord a new song!

2016 YOUTH GATHERING
Theme: In Christ Alone

Coming closer now! The Gathering will take place in New Orleans, LA. in 2016. Watch for continuing fund raisers to help send our youth. This 2016 summer event will involve young Christians sharing Bible Study, praise, worship and fellowship is tremendous. Thousands of other Christian youth from many areas. Always our thanks for your support and continued prayers.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH:
August 21.....beginning of confirmation
September 3...Ladies Aid Potluck and Meeting
September 6...Service time goes back to 9:30
September 8...Ladies Aid Quilting
September 13..Sunday School begins
September 13..Men's group Cookout at Piggly Wiggly
***Bible studies begin***

FALL BIBLE STUDY BEGINS

Pastor Dukovan will will start up the Sunday Morning Bible Study with a look at LAW and GOSPEL.

Sunday evenings there will be a study of JONAH...it will include opportunities to look into our own reluctance and God's continued encouragement for us to move forward and His constant forgiveness. This will be Sunday evenings at 6:00PM beginning on SEPTEMBER 13th at Pastor's house.

Please join your fellow members in opening up the Scriptures for a close look at His words.

ALL THRIVENT MEMBERS:
It's time to call for Thrivent Choice Dollars at 800-847-4836 in order to redirect those dollars for the Third Quarter.
For the Men's Group...
The Men's Group will begin a topical study, September 20th at The Trackside Restaurant, 7:00AM, and spend some informal time eating, praying, socializing, and talking about all kinds of different contemporary issues. The group goes until 8:30.

Also, at Piggly Wiggly on Saturday, September 13th, the Men's group will be serving brats &burgers from 10:00AM until 2:00PM. The money raised will be used for the family ministry programs here at church.


DON'T FORGET!!!!!
....to switch over to the 9:30 AM time for services beginning September 6th. Invite friends or neighbors who might need to know about the wonderful God who has died for you, washed you clean, walks with you, blesses you, and is right now preparing a very special place for you in heaven. So many do not know about Him yet. You might be that person to help plant a seed. Or come to renew your life of worship and praise to our awesome and incredible God. See you there!
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Another little note of thanks here...

...to all those who brought in supplies for school kits, and to those who attended the ice cream social and those who donated cakes. Very thankful to you!

Church Notes...
The "last" summer Wednesday evening service will be on August 26th.

WORSHIP TIMES change in September. As of the 6th of September, we change back to 9:30 am.

SUNDAY SCHOOL begins on September 13th at 8:00am!!!

CONFIRMATION CLASS will begin on September 9. Pastor will meet with the class from 6-8pm.

A confirmation meeting for parents and students following the worship service on Sunday, August 31st, or at 6 PM on Wednesday, September 2nd. Please attend one of these meetings. Thanks!

Ladies and gentlemen and children...start your engines!!

Sunday School begins on September 13th. We are looking for people to be in a "teaching pool" in order to assist the teacher, or perhaps you might like to be a person to teach a lesson, (provided), or to share your expertise in a lesson that uses that skill as a hands-on object lesson. We want to have as many people possible to be involved this year in the faith formation of our children and to bring the lessons to life. Please talk to Pastor with any questions or if you would like to share any special skills with a lesson.

PLEASE REMEMBER ............the families in need in our community by donating to the Ashippun Bread Basket. Just pick up an extra item while you are out shopping, and place it in the cart in the Narthex. The bulletin will keep you posted on specific needs that might arise. Thank you!

....to those who clean the facilities, to those who cook and bake for functions, to those who come to meetings to help with ideas and thoughts, to those who give of their time-talents-and treasures, to those who come and worship their Lord and Savior in this temple, to those who share in singing music to the Lord, to our shepherd and his family for surrounding us in love, to those who look for God's smile in the beauty of a sunset....just can't say it enough...keep shining that Light! The world around us is watching for that Light.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now God's presence is with His people, and He will live with them, and they will be His people.

God Himself will be with them and will be their God."

He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly friend,
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while I live I'll sing:
"He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King!"

He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my savior still the same.
What joy this blest assurance gives:
I know that my redeemer lives!

******Shout to the Lord******
Therefore with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying," Holy are you Lord. Heaven and earth are full of your glory! Hosanna in the highest. The Universe proclaims the greatness of Your power and love. HELP US TO CONTINUE TO SEE AND FIND THE THUMBPRINTS THAT YOU HAVE LEFT FOR US.

THE GOSPEL IN A NUTSHELL:"For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him". John 3:16-17
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