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Dear Congregational Family,

1. Pastor Dennis: This Friday (August 17th) is Pastor Dennis’ birthday. I mention this because this year (Sept. 19th) is the 10th anniversary of his passing. Pastor Dennis ministered at Ruthfred for 58 years! It was the only church that he ever pastored. He was an extremely gifted man and had a magnetic personality, and a memory for people’s names that was almost unbelievable. His life and ministry touched so many, and indelibly shaped our church. This next month we want to honor his memory in some special ways. As we reflect on his legacy at Ruthfred and vision for the church, we also want to begin praying and thinking more deeply about the future vision that God is calling us to at Ruthfred.

2. Church Picnic: This was a wonderful time of “family, food, fun, and fellowship!” God blessed us with wonderful sunny weather as well! It was a blessing to see our congregation gather together to make this happen and to enjoy each other’s company. Special thanks to Kris Wente & Crew (Heather, etc.) as she directed it again (7th year!), the Worship Team, VBS kids, Youth who helped carry out tables and chairs, Cox family for the tents, and everyone for pitching in wherever help was needed! It was the Body of Christ in action in love for Jesus and one another!

(See pictures below, and on our Ruthfred Facebook page))

God bless you as we continue,

“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God.”

Pastor Carlson

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