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Hi BVC’ers! Galatians 6:9 states that “let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” A lot of times in life we tend to give up. We give up when it appears something might be too hard. We give up when we think we’ll never get there or get ahead. We give up when something looks impossible. With God, though, all things are possible. He’s not calling on us to do it all by ourselves but wants us to place ourselves in His hands and allow Him to work through us. There are a great many people looking, searching, even yearning to know God (most do not even know it). Those of us who have been blessed by our relationship with God can never grow weary of doing good…that next person you speak to may be your mission field! So keep at it … don’t quit. Stay strong!! This Sunday, September 13, begins a new sermon series in the book of Colossians. This Sunday we’ll be looking at Colossians 1:1-2. The overall theme of this series is “Standing Tall in Perilous Times.” I encourage you to take a few moments to read through the entire book prior to this series beginning. Sunday, September 20, three classes begin. “Fundamentals of the Faith” and “Discipleship” will meet at 9 a.m. in the house. “Evangelism Training” will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. It’s still not too late to sign up for these classes so if you’ve been thinking about it, now’s the time to act! Wednesday, September 23, we’re returning to the 2nd Harvest Food Bank. There are only 2 spaces remaining. If you’d like to participate, please let me know ASAP. We’re planning on meeting at 2nd Harvest (4001 N. First Street, San Jose) at 6 p.m. We’ll be done by 8 p.m. There will be NO Bible Study that night at the church. Saturday, October 31, Community Family Festival will take place from 5-8 p.m. Raud de Silva is the point person for this outreach into our community. If you’d like to help (from praying to manning a booth to assisting with parking to greeting) please let Raud de Silva know. You can also sign up on your registration card every Sunday as well. November is the month for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD. Lori Serpa has added several notices on Facebook at BVC Family. Shoe boxes are already starting to come in. Whenever you are near a dollar store (and there are several), stop in and get some items you know school-age children would appreciate (in addition to toothbrushes, toothpaste, wash clothes, rubber balls, pens, pencils, hard candy). Our goal is to pack more boxes than we did in 2014! Have a great rest of the week — I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Love, Pastor Chuck