Thank you to Priscilla and the Board of Christian Education for organizing our First Responders lunch, and thanks to everyone who helped make the day such a great success. Many hands truly made light work as we honored those who serve our community each and every day. I am grateful for your commitment to this important event! 

The fall will be a busy and important time in the life of our church.  Our fall conference will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 25th in the West Memorial classroom.  In addition to reports, we will vote on the new constitution.  Please plan to be present for this important meeting.

Please make plans to join us for our Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat on October 29th and for the Fall Bazaar on Saturday November 4th. These are great ways for us to be present in our community and welcome our neighbors to Suffolk Christian Church. Please see the articles in this newsletter and/or reach out to Priscilla for more information and to volunteer.

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, November 12th and plan to attend the Potluck Lunch and Town Hall meeting after worship. When we did the series of Town Hall meetings last year, we identified four areas where we believe God is calling us to focus moving forward: becoming more involved in our local schools and with the homeless in our community, beginning an alternative worship service, and growing our fellowship. At that time, we felt it would be good to wait until the new, permanent pastor was in place to help develop these initiatives. Despite the hard work of the pastor search team and due to a nation-wide shortage of pastoral candidates, the pastor search process is taking longer than anticipated. Therefore, we are going to get started on developing these initiatives now. Please be praying and thinking about where you would like to serve – working together, we will help usher the church into a thriving and vibrant future. I look forward to seeing you on the 12th! In the meantime, I’m on the journey with you,

Tracy

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SEPTEMBER

My Dear Friends, As we are putting the September newsletter together, we are quickly reminded that many of our ministries will once again be at "pedal to the metal" velocity. And that's how it should be. Every Sunday at the time of our offertory, I always thank you, our church family, for your faithful support of all of our ministries and missions. But your support goes ...

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AUGUST!

My Dear Friends, As August comes upon us, I am reminded of my last job in the Navy, that of compiling and editing a book of biographies of our Navy chaplains. Among the data that I compiled was the date of the marriage. I didn't do a thorough "count" for each month of the year, but it was soon evident to me that more weddings occurred in August than in the more traditiona...

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JOIN ME IN A TIME OF PRAYER

My Dear Friends, As a freshman English major at Marshall University, I was interested to learn that languages, including English, never remain static. You can find a good example of this by reading the King James Version of the Bible (1611) and compare it with a more modern translation. Languages change over time! As do human institutions, including churches. As I look o...

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Years ago I ran across "A Psalm of Summer". It is a light-hearted look at how some look at the summer months that are now upon us. I offer it to you, hoping you will get a smile if not a chuckle from it! Now it came to pass that spring turned to summer again. God's people raised their voices and said: "Recreation is my shepherd, I shall not stay at home;Hemakethme to lie...

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My Dear Friends, As the month of May is upon us, I am sure nobody will be sad if the weather improves a bit and the flowers and plants come to full bloom. "April showers bring May flowers", as we say. This is occasion to stop and praise our heavenly Father for the wonderful gift of the beautiful earth. It is occasion to see how the created order is a powerful testimony f...

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My Dear Friends, As our Lenten season begins to wind down, we look forward to Easter Sunday. On Sunday, March 3, we saw the Alleluia banner being marched out of the sanctuary on the final hymn. This symbolic act is meant to emphasize the penitential nature of our journey through Lent. "Alleluia" is the song of thechoirs, a song we do not sing during our days of repentance...

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MARCH AND LENT

My Dear Friends, The arrival of the month of March, with its wind and fury, also signals that the holy season of Lent is upon us. I like to look at Lent as an appropriate way to prepare for Easter Sunday. During Lent we ponder the brevity of life, we think about our sins (and confess them), and we meditate on the long and treacherous journey Jesus traveled on his way to ...

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DARING TO CHANGE OUR MIND, FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHURCH

Dear Friends, Dr. Bill Wilson has written a very thoughtfularticlewhich I recommend to you. It is entitled, "Daring to change our mind, for the sake of the church". Dr. Wilson is the founder and director of the Center for Healthy Churches and was formerly pastor of Baptist churches in Farmville and Waynesboro. Let me know your thoughts! Michael...

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