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Dear Congregational Family,

1. Rosh Hashanah: This Sunday, (Sept. 9th), Messianic Rabbi Jeff Kipp will be speaking for our adult Sunday School hour. He will be speaking on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year which begins on sundown this Sunday. On this festival day, the Jewish people celebrate God’s creation of the world, and of Adam and Eve in particular. It is a celebration of life and a consecration of one’s life to God for the coming year. This will be a great way for you to begin this new fall season and renewed spiritual commitment to God and life in the church.
Please come and join us!

2. Back to School!: School is back in session. I encourage you to “go back to school” as well! This fall season, renew your commitment to grow in your faith, by getting involved at church on Sunday morning worship services, Sunday School, JTTW, Confirmation, Kids’ Time, Women’s Circle’s, Men’s Group, Choirs, Youth Groups, …. The opportunities are endless! Bring someone with you!

3. Journey Through the Word (JTTW): This starts next Wednesday! Let me strongly encourage you to take part in this excellent ministry of studying God’s Word and enjoying fellowship with others in the church! You can register online or call the church office.

a. Morning Journey is studying Revelation. (9:15am – 11:15am)
b. Evening Journey is studying “The Big Story of God’s Single Story of Rescuing and Restoring His Created World.” If you ever wanted to see how the Bible fit together as a whole, this is your chance! (6:45pm – 8:00pm)

4. “National Back to Church Sunday”: This officially begins on Sunday 16th, but let me encourage you to “get back to church” right now, and to make plans to invite others with you in the coming weeks!

5. Pastor Dennis: As you are well aware, this month marks the 10th year anniversary of the passing of Pastor Dennis. On Sept. 16th, in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the passing of Pastor Dennis, we will be devoting the adult Sunday School time to the sharing of “Pastor Dennis memories.” Bring your favorite memory with you to share!

6. William Harris Legacy: As announced on Sunday, we are very grateful for the generous legacy gift that Bill gave to Ruthfred. The plan for these funds is that they would be used for long-term strategic ministry and particular unbudgeted needs. A number of guidelines have been given to a committee which will develop this, but you may give your personal input to our congregational president, Gary Ausefski. Bill was a former choir director at Ruthfred, and longtime member who passed away earlier this year. He was generous in life and in death. Let his good example of generosity encourage us all in our stewardship of what God has given to us.

God bless you as we continue,
“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God.”
Pastor Carlson

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