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Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever  gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. - 1 Peter 4: 8-10

Welcome to Fall. We know it’s Fall because of Labor Day, School starting, the Fall Festival is at the end of this month, because the geese are congregating (they started that in early August—you read the signs), and the equinox. Do you know what the Fall is really all about?

Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus…For sin shall not be your master because you are not under the law, but under grace. — (Romans 6: 11,14)

"Do you know the Good News of Christ Jesus? You are saved and remade in Him.” That’s what the man at the fair said. It kinda got to Darcie. After all, she came to the fair to have some fun, let go of her cares, and just be with her friends. But that got to her. All this religion stuff was like her grandma making her go to church and sitting there in the heat with a boring sermon and slow music. It was not at all like the fair! Especially the midway with its lights and screams and nauseating fun. Was it all real?

As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” -2 Corinthians 6: 1-2

So let me share a perspective with you.  On Committee On Ministry (I am moderator for the Presbytery),  I talk with many churches. And I do not just talk to sister congregations in the Presbytery but because of trainings and connections inherent in our system of church; I talk to and hear stories from pastors and sessions around the country. And there are three basic types of congregations—

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