Dear Congregational Family,
1. Youth Fall Festival: Last Saturday evening our youth group held their annual Fall Festival at the Cox farm. I encourage you to go to our Ruthfred Facebook page and check it out! It was an exciting time! Who would have known – youth steer-wrestling event!?
2. Ezra-Nehemiah: For adult Sunday school class, we are studying the books of Ezra-Nehemiah. They are some of the most overlooked books in Scripture, and also some of the most informative regarding the “Regathering, Renewing, Rebuilding, Restoring, Reforming, and Re-engaging” period of the Jewish people. The books are also very applicable for today in regards to the life of the Church in a culture that that has experienced great upheaval and change. Come share in the discussion as we move forward into this new season of mission at Ruthfred!
3. Mr. Frank Stephen: Last year in October, Mr. Stephen gave a moving speech before a Congressional Committee in the U.S. Capitol regarding Down syndrome. Stephen’s begins his speech by saying, “I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living.” In seven minutes he mixes humor and serious fact in order to underscore the value of life for those who have Down syndrome. He cites a Harvard study that found that those with Down syndrome actually have a happier disposition in life than the general public and that they enrich the lives of those around them. He states, “we make the world a happier place; is there really no place for us in the world?”
He is referring to the western world’s campaign to “erase” Down syndrome by eliminating all those who have it. The abortion rate for children with Down syndrome is around 70% in the U.S. In western European nations the rate reaches 98% (Denmark), with Iceland celebrating that they have eliminated 100% and are now “Down syndrome free”. October is National Down Syndrome month. As Christians we celebrate the value of ALL life, as everyone human life is created in the image of God and is filled with worth, dignity, and value! I encourage you to go online and check out “Frank Stephen’s Congress Speech – Oct. 27, 2017”. It would be worth your 7:15 minutes!
4. Gosnell: This Thursday, the movie, “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” will be shown in our area, at AMC Waterfront 22 in West Homestead, PA. It is about the Philadelphia abortion doctor of 30 years who was convicted of infanticide. It is carefully produced and does not engage in explicit or graphic content. It does convey the vulnerability of young lives and the importance of protecting the sanctity of life in our land. The issue of LIFE can be a divisive topic, but let’s make sure to stand up for life and celebrate it. At the same time, some need to be reminded that to stand up for life, also means to come alongside and support those who find themselves in vulnerable situations and uncertain of how they can survive with a new little life on their hands. In Christ, there is love enough for both mother and child! The Church needs to lead the way in truly loving and caring for both woman and child.
God bless you as we continue,
“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God.”