Worship: Sundays @ 8:15, 9:40, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
Dear Friends:

Happy Friday!  I look forward to sharing with you the next installment of our message series,  theSkim  in just a couple of days. This weekend, we will turn  our attention to the prophets, ambassadors for God who were bold enough to say what the people needed to hear even when it wasn't what they wanted to hear. 
 
In his book entitled,  The Prophets , Abraham  Heschel  writes: "The things that horrified the prophets are even now daily occurrences all over the world...Prophecy is the voice that God has lent to the silent agony, to the plundered poor, to the profaned riches of the world." The prophets' cries demanded  of Israel  a  reorientation of life and priorities. And if we listen closely, we may hear the same demand of us. The good news? The message of the prophets really isn't that complicated, and it leads us to a place of deep contentment in our relationships with God and neighbor.
 
This weekend, we will also celebrate World Communion Sunday.  This special day that unites us with persons of Christian faith around the globe always falls on the first Sunday of October.  Yes, it's the beginning of October...wow! That means the Pumpkin Run 5K (October 8) and the Great Pumpkin  Harvest (October 29) are coming soon! We'd love to see your smiling faces helping welcome the many people from the community who will come for one or  both of these  events. We could especially use you and your trunks (take the junk out and put candy in!) for the trunk & treat part of the Festival. To sign up for this and other opportunities to serve or to find out more, contact Jordyn Cowart at the church office (352-376-6615 ). 

Thanks to the 50+ people who showed up Tuesday night to unload a truck filled with 1000 flood buckets and lots of other supplies. It's so great to serve a church where people dive in to serve others.

For those headed to The Swamp this weekend, you might want to stop by Gator Wesley beforehand. Our youth ministry team is hosting this week's cookout for students. Catherine and I are headed to Macon this morning for a quick trip to see our son, Sid, at Mercer Family Weekend. We'll be back tomorrow night so we can...

See you Sunday!
Steve