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“1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 
 2  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not over-whelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 
 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
18 Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”     Isaiah 43:1-3, 18-19

     We are coming to the end of the summer that was not.
     A week from now, our calendars will read “SEPTEMBER”, and my head and my heart will once again begin wrestling between what my eyes see and what my heart feels.  It did not feel like summer to me – no camping, not much swimming, limited picnics and cookouts – campfires were few and I don’t even remember black flies!  For a boy from Boonville, that is exceptional!
     As I prepared to write this September letter to you, I prayerfully whined to God – “How can we move into September when there wasn’t even a summer?”  God is faithful.  Let me say that again for the folks in the back pew – GOD IS FAITHFUL!!
     I had not planned to use the above scriptures for this letter, but as I called out to God, this text came to me loud and clear!  “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  I am excited about what God is getting ready to do in our congregation this fall!  I do not know for sure all that God has planned, but I know that it will be good, because God is good, and God loves us. 
Please pray about what God is ready to do, and what you are ready to allow God to do in your life this Fall.  COVID cannot stop our God, the love of Christ and the movement of Holy Spirit in our church and in our lives!  Please let me know if you are interested in in-person, or on-line Bible Study.  We have some saints experimenting with Class Meeting model of fellowship – are you being called to join them?  I miss participating in “Disciple Bible Study”, want to join me? God is doing some new things among us can you not perceive it? 
      Thank you so much for being faithful in these hard times.  Thank you for praying and watching online and giving and loving each other! Please continue to pray and seek God as this new time together breaks forth.  It will be different, but I believe that God is not finished with us yet – not by a long shot! 
      Come and join us online or in person for worship this Sunday morning at 9:00 A.M. for our Heritage worship service featuring our choir and familiar hymns, or at 11:00 A.M. for our new Contemporary worship featuring Nairobi Smith leading worship.  We will save you a seat (even if it is on your couch). 
Serving Christ with You, Pastor Bill Mudge