Back to Church Sunday
September 27th

This change of seasons allows everyone to reevaluate their priorities and schedules. Summer is a wonderful time to vacation and enjoy the great outdoors, but the beginning of school causes us to strive to get back to a regular routine. 

You may have seen some yard signs or banners around town that say “Now’s the Time”. This is referring to a campaign Blue Water Area Churches are doing to encourage people to come back to church. Maybe you got out of the habit because of COVID 19 and your church was shut down. You may have quit going because you were offended, hurt by someone or disagreed with the direction the church was going. Whatever the reason, “now’s the time” to lay it aside and get involved in a loving community. 

If you aren’t happy with the church you once attended, try another place. There are many caring pastors and congregations that would love to welcome you. There is a wide variety to choose from. Some have a more traditional, liturgical style. Others feature a contemporary, “come as you are” service. Whatever you choose, “now’s the time” to get back to church!

But what if you have never attended church? Why should you start? Here are several reasons. Church is a great place to find a caring community of imperfect people. You don’t have to feel isolated and alone when dealing with life challenges – like the coronavirus. They can laugh with you, cry with you and be genuinely concerned with what is going on in your life.  You can find hope and assurance that you can make it through. It provides support and ministry in age-appropriate ways for your family. It offers a stable environment, with a solid moral foundation to build your life on, in an increasingly unstable, crazy world. It feeds your spirit and nourishes your soul, giving you peace and direction. It also teaches you about God, His plan for living your life, and hope for eternal life.

If your church is not meeting in person, tune in to their livestreaming service on Facebook or YouTube (or streaming from other churches). Many churches also offer recorded services from their website, or other programming that is helpful. 

Whether you used to be a regular church attendee, or considering going for the first time, you can find information about many churches on the BWAC website at bwchurches.org. “Now’s the Time” to get involved in a life-giving church!
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Sponsors Needed

Operation Transformation is over halfway through a busy and exciting year! We continue to make strides in partnering with the faith community and civic organizations to bring transformation to the Blue Water Area.  Thank you for your collaboration and support!  

OT’s annual  Event will be held on Thursday, October 1st (details will be finalized soon). The purpose of the evening is to highlight the extraordinary work of OT, and raise 50% of our annual budget. Our Presenting Sponsor is Christians for a New Tomorrow, Main Sponsors this year are Dr. Brian & Sandy Pradko, Robert Eick with Thrivent Financial, Pollock Randall Funeral Home and WGRT.  Would you be a sponsor for our dinner?  

Below are Sponsorship Opportunities, and the benefits associated with each level. Checks can be made payable to “OT” (and are tax deductible). Or, you can call the OT office to use a credit card at 810-966-8660. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support! Together we are making a world of difference!
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Announcements
JOB POSTING: St. Clair First United Methodist Church seeking Part-time Custodian, 10.50/hr, 15-17 hours, flexible schedule. Please send resume and contact information to St. Clair First United Methodist, 415 N. Third St., St. Clair, MI 48079 or scfumc@outlook.com  Please tell us why you would want to be a part of our ministry team.
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GRIEFSHARE

GriefShare is a support group held at Colonial Woods Christian Counseling Center for those who are grieving a loss due to death. The next session will meet on Mondays from 7:00 – 8:30 pm beginning September 14, 2020 and can be joined at any time. At this point not sure if the sessions will be telehealth or face to face. To register or for more information, please call the Counseling Center at 810-984-5575. (No child care provided) Cost is a $30.00 one time fee for attendance and materials.
National Day of Youth Volunteer Training : 9:00am-12pm Check in begins at 8:30am
Where: Colonial Woods Missionary Church
Registration is now open.
Open to groups of all sizes or individuals who are wanting more training as well. 
Any questions they can call us at: 810.984.5571


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