Labor Day kicks it off. The ability to work is a gift and responsibility. That is part of our purpose – to provide for ourselves and families. We are given distinct gifts, talents, and capabilities by God to do this. On this day, we recognize everyone who works so hard to make our communities operate smoothly. From teachers, to laborers, to business people, no one is more valuable than another. Thank you to all who are faithful to do their job!

We also want to remember the children – and adults – going back to school. This is a time of excitement, stress and adjustment for students and families. Drivers, be careful when driving behind school buses. Parents, be sensitive to emotions and fears of your children. Teachers, be prepared to treat each student uniquely. All of us, realize how important education is to individuals and our society. 

Let’s pray that God will give strength, peace and clear thinking to all involved!
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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  Benefit Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:00 pm at   Alexander’s (1200 Gratiot Blvd., Marysville) . The purpose of the evening is to highlight the extraordinary work of OT, and raise 30 – 40 % of our annual budget. Our Main Sponsors this year are Anthony Essian - Investment Executive, Dr. Brian & Sandy Pradko, Robert Eick with Thrivent Financial, CANT Ministries, Pollock Randall Funeral Home and WGRT.  Would you be a sponsor for our dinner?   We also hope you will be able to come and bring friends with you. Tickets are included with sponsorship, please note how many you need when you respond, max 10.

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!
Announcements
Tina Black interviews Tom and Brenda Seppo about their work with Operation Transformation as part of "The BE Series: Untold Stories of Leadership Transformation" podcast. LISTEN HERE
Come and see what makes us different! We are now enrolling prospective students to St. Mary/McCormick Catholic Academy for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Families are encouraged to visit the school and to meet our staff. Ask us about our discounted new family rate for students in Kindergarten - 8th grade.   
New Events Submitted this Week
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Colonial Woods Missionary Church will be hosting a FREE FOOD & WINTER COAT GIVEAWAY on Wednesday, September 18 starting at 11:00 AM in the church parking lot. This event is open to everyone. Please bring containers or bags to collect your food.
Marriage Conference "Leaving a Legacy" on Sept 21st with Dave & Ashley Willis from Marriage Today Ministries at The River Church. Tickets are $25 ea and can be purchase at River.life or call 987-3650.
Upcoming Events
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The next ‘ Open Mic Night ” in Marysville will be held on August 27, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Those wishing to participate should be there by 6:15 PM. There is no admission fee and a fellowship follows. For more information contact Pastor Gary Wesch at 810-982-5977 or Tom Drake at 810-385-9037. It is located at 1350 6 th  Street in Marysville.
FAN will be having an Angel training August 28 th  at 7:00 pm. Freedom Lighthouse Fellowship Christian Church, 4330 Pine Grove Rd., Fort Gratiot. This is a new training. We all must be retrained in order to become an Angel. Register here.
at Colonial Woods Missionary Church
DivorceCare  is a support group held at Colonial Woods Missionary Church geared to helping individuals work through the emotions that go along with divorce. Whether the separation be recent or from the past, it's never to early or late to being healing.  The next session will meet on Wednesday's from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm, for 10 weeks beginning September 4th, 2019 and can be joined at any time. To register or for more information, please call the Counseling Center at 810-984-5575. (Child care is provided) Cost is a $30.00 one time fee for attendance and material. 
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 for 15 weeks, beginning September 9th, 2019 and can be joined at any time. To register or for more information, please call the Counseling Center at 810-984-5575. Payment is a one time fee of $30.00 for attendance and material. (No Child Care Provided) 

Widowed Care is a support group for those who have lost a spouse through death. It is a group for processing grief in a supportive environment. It is held at Colonial Woods Missionary Church on Mondays from 7:00 – 8:30 pm and running for 10 sessions beginning September 9th, 2019. To register or for more information, please call the Counseling Center at 810-984-5575. Payment is a one time fee of $30.00 for attendance and material.
  **Please note that the events and information listed in Faith Matters do not necessarily reflect the opinions and viewpoints of Operation Transformation.**

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