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During the last week, it was nice to awaken to temperatures in the 60’s.  After a summer of brutal heat and little rain, we look forward to Fall and all that it represents and brings.  Our small but mighty choir is back in action and we have fun when we meet.  If you don’t believe it, join us Wednesday evenings at 5:15.  Our Welcome to Fall Chili Supper provided a great evening of food and fellowship.  Starting October 2 and recurring every Saturday in October at 2pm, we launch our “Hitchcocktober” movie event.  We are planning to watch Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo, The Birds and finish up with Psycho.  Come join us!  Our Holly Days Fall Festival event is coming up along with our visit from the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for the Dorthy Hyde Room.  We plan to host the Chamber for lunch on Friday, October 21.  The event begins at 1pm.  I hope you will plan to join us as it will provide some good publicity for Holly Days.  FPC Mabank is hosting an East Texas Pastors group on Thursday October 27, so this is another opportunity for our little church to be visible and active in Grace Presbytery.  The session continues to conduct the business of the church and we plan to do some thinking about our identity as a community of faith in the greater Cedar Creek Lake area and how we can engage with our neighbors and how we can find ways to do the work that Jesus Christ calls us to do in the world.  Sometimes we believe that the church is “for us” and in many respects, that is true, but we are also “for the world.” Anglican Priest, William Temple who served as the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1942-1944 wrote, “The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members.”  I hope that strangers who enter through our doors will experience deep peace, hope and the love of our God so that they too will feel that they have been “welcomed home.” 

Pastor Jim

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