Please keep members of our
Church Family in your prayers:

Bob Cross
Lucy Diener
Philip & Roseanne Frye
Bev Grant

Olga Kehoe
Natalie Klohck

And any prayers
you may have in your heart


Consider this—
God our Shelter, be a strong presence in the lives of neighbors who, having survived the winds and rains of Harvey, now face grief, uncertainty and weary days. May our generosity in prayer and in tangible signs of support overflow more than floodwaters, to sustain your work of healing and rebuilding and bring comfort and strength to those who suffer.

Rev. Leonard Sponaugle receives the charge during his installation


Sermons & Prayers



28:16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."


What else can we be doing to reach out and connect with our neighbors? It is always an appropriate question because of the instruction Jesus gave to his disciples, commonly known as the Great Commision. Moreover, it is a necessary concern because people no longer as a matter, of course, seek out a church. Finally, it is a necessary question for us because we have become a mostly older congregation and smaller as well.

My second, and final, week of continuing education this year will be at our denomination's National Evangelism conference. I will return with some new ideas.

However, there are already two possibilities percolating. The first is what I have named Dinner Church. It would be a worship service during the week in our Dining Hall that would include a family style meal. The second is a deliberate effort to introduce/reintroduce the church to our neighborhood. Probably members of the church would pair up and go to individual residences and introduce themselves and offer a very short introduction about the church.

So, we are taking steps towards more. I think it would be helpful to have a conversation about
this - let's call it a Congregational Conversation. Let us gather together on Sunday, November 4th after worship in our Dining Hall. In anticipation of our discussion, please spend some time in prayer about how we can do more to reach out to our neighbors.

Pastor Leonard

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