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Y’all Be Blessed!

November is here. Fall is well underway, the busy-ness of the holiday season is just around the bend, the rains have started, and the new year is fast approaching.

As I start my fifth month with you, I am thankful that you all have embraced me and been very hospitable and loving.

Thank you all for allowing me to go to the clergy retreat in Wenatchee. It was a wonderful time and as the worship design leader, I was able to meet many new people and clergy in our area. It was truly a retreat in which I learned more about the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference and myself.

As many of you know, I will be headed home for Thanksgiving. I am leaving at 11:00 pm on Sunday, November 18, and I will be back on Thursday, November 29. While I am gone, Pastor Paul Mitchell, Vashon Island United Methodist Church, has said he would be willing to be available for any immediate pastoral care that is needed. Pastor Al Aosved will also be around for any pastoral care emergencies that might occur November 26, 27, or 28th. I will be posting their contact information in the church office and in the bulletin closer to Thanksgiving! (I’ve not received that information yet.)

We will start our Advent study the first week of December. I will be letting you know what day that group will be meeting in the next few weeks. We will be reading together, “We Make the Road By Walking” by Brian McLaren. You can find this book at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or your local book sellers. If you would like us to get the book for you, let us know by November 16, so that we can order it from Cokesbury. If you buy it from Cokesbury, it will be about $18. Amazon has it for about $15.

Finally, our stewardship campaign, “Gifts of Love” is underway and Stewardship Sunday is November the 18th. Really begin to pray about how you can bless the church this upcoming year with your gifts of love. It is important for us to do our pledges before December so that we can create a budget that works for us!

Thank you all so much.

You are all loved!

Rev. Justin

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