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Hi BVC’ers!! I trust each of you has been having a great week. But perhaps this week has been a tad overwhelming in some aspect or hasn’t lived up to what you thought it would be. I’ve been thinking about Proverbs 3:5-6 as well as Isaiah 40:31 — both these passages remind us to trust in the Lord as well as to keep our eyes on Him. Henry Blackaby, author of ‘Experiencing God,” writes that God is always at work around us. That means that God is working on things to cause them to come together in such a way that they work together for good (Romans 8:28). So if you’ve been having a tough or rough week, I just want to encourage you to relax and rest in the knowledge that God has everything under control. Instead of fretting, relax and watch what God does! You’ll be amazed!! This coming Sunday we’ll be celebrating COMMUNION by looking at “A New Commandment” taken from John 13:31-35. Coming up on Wednesday, September 23, we’ll be returning to the 2nd Harvest Food Bank (4001 North First Street) from 6-8 p.m. Almost all the spaces are now taken so if you want to come, please get in touch with me quickly. We’re all planning to meet at 2nd Harvest that evening — however, if you need a ride or would like to carpool, please get in touch with me. Starting Sunday, September 20, will be our classes for the Fall. “Evangelism Training” led/taught by Raud de Silva will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the WORSHIP CENTER and last four weeks. “Discipleship Training” will meet at 9 a.m. in my OFFICE and last for eleven weeks. “Fundamentals of the Faith” will meet at 9 a.m. in the BLUE ROOM and last fifteen weeks. Pastor Jim Stone’s class will be moving to the CONFERENCE TABLE in the house. These classes will not be repeated in the Spring — so if you’ve thought about attending, now’s the time to sign up! Our carpets in the worship center were cleaned this week — and that includes the three rooms in our nursery/toddler/pre-K. We’ll be having this done quarterly as we go forward in order to keep our facility looking great. The FALL COMMUNITY FAMILY FESTIVAL is taking shape and we’ll need a great many people to volunteer as we welcome our neighborhood onto our campus. If you have any special talents (such as carpentry, cooking, etc.), please see Raud de Silva (he’s the point person). Have a great week — see you on Sunday!!

Love, Pastor Chuck