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Week of September 18 of Pentecost

What a great and glorious day we had last Sunday for the Ordination of Nile Gomez to the diaconate, together with the culmination of the weekend visit with Bishop Steve and Sally Breedlove.  The Spirit of God was hovering over our community and we are grateful for it all.

We look forward now to a great and glorious fall season.  Here are some of the things you need to be aware of this week:
International Student Beach Trip;   What was supposed to take place last Saturday will – Lord willing- take place this coming one. David Snouffer still thinks we will have over 30 international students eager to spend some time with Americans at the oceanfront. They plan on meeting at 10:00 am in Gray’s Pharmacy parking lot (across from ODU on 48th and Hampton Blvd).  If you can drive on Saturday please let David know at da.snouffer@verizon.net
New Members Exploration Class:  If you are feeling drawn by God to connect with this community, I encourage you to explore membership this fall. The class begins with dinner at our home (1019 Manchester) on Sunday October 5 and then continues for six weeks on Sunday mornings (October 12 – November 16) from 8:30 – 9:45 am. Child care will be provided for those who need it. Please speak to me on Sunday or contact the church office (226-8700) to register.
Ministry Fair:  All of us are gifted by God and have a need to serve the whole for the common good. On Sunday October 5 we will hold a ‘Ministry Fair’ where you can find out what ministries are available at CtR and speak to those giving leadership to them. Be sure to pick up the brochure ‘Connecting to the Community’ this Sunday for more information.
Men’s Group:  In addition to all the home/community groups that have recently started, the men of the church are invited to participate in our Men’s group meeting the first and third Saturdays of the month from 8:30 – 10: am beginning October 4.
Network Retreat:  Bishop Steve encouraged us to attend the Network retreat scheduled for November 20-22 in Harrisonburg, VA. Be sure to pick up a brochure this Sunday for more information.
Handyman Help Needed:  If you have the skills, inclination and the time to finish some needed work around the church (hanging the projector and screen in the new education space; moving the white board from the Fellowship Hall to the new space; perhaps replacing some light fixtures in the Fellowship Hall etc) then please let Janie Atwood know – maryjaneatwood@gmail.com.
Knox 115 year Celebration:  This Sunday our friends downstairs celebrate 115 years of their church’s life. They anticipate over 100 guests attending the service and ask us to be thoughtful about sharing the parking lot with them this week!  If you can find a place on the streets around Knox (BUT not on the south side of 37th!), they would appreciate it greatly.
Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.
Brian Campbell