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Jewell AnnDear Friends in Christ:

Summer is drawing to a close and most of us have pickled all the cucumbers of the garden, returned to work from vacation, gotten the children ready for school, and generally gone back to our “normal” routines. Dave Priddy is eyeing our wood pile hoping that it will suffice to get us through the winter.

Fall is a busy time at SPPC as well. Sunday School classes resume as does choir practice. You have no doubt seen the recommendation of the Session that we continue to worship as one church family at 10 am each Sunday. This is an experiment that will be evaluated in December. Many of you told me and Session members that it was good to see the sanctuary full on Sun- day morning, that you had the opportunity to fellowship with others that you didn’t know particularly well, and that you liked hearing all those voices raised in worship and praise of God. Others expressed their desire to go back to two services for equally-compelling reasons. As the Fall progresses, please evaluate this change honestly as the Session determines what is the best path forward for the church. Let your thoughts be known to me or to a Session member.

The Mission Study Team has also been busy over the summer: reading, meeting together, planning, and conducting interviews with members of the congregation both in person and by telephone. We hope to have some con- gregational meetings early in the Fall to share our insights and to gather more information from you as we seek to provide guidance for the yet-to- be-elected Pastor Nominating Committee.

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As we had a very successful Family Vacation Bible School with our neighbor- hood sister churches, we will seek to continue opportunities to worship and fellowship together. One such opportunity was suggested recently by Miles Smith, rector of Grace Episcopal Church. He invited us and Union Grove to attend their annual Outdoor Service on September 16 at 11 am on the grounds of the church. A picnic will follow after the worship service with chicken and drinks provided. Because we received this invitation quite late, the Worship Committee felt that we should decline the invitation with re- gret as choir and Sunday School plans were already in place. However, I wanted to let you know of this opportunity should you want to attend the service and/or picnic. You would be most welcome; and we will seek other avenues for worship and fellowship in the future.

There will be many opportunities for service as we move South Plains into her future. Enjoy the last of summer and let me know if you have any good recipes for those zucchinis from my neighbor’s garden that keep piling up on my doorstep!

In Christ, Jewell-Ann