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In week two of our new worship series, The Big Picture, Rev. Ron talked about how the biblical narrative shifts to the story of Moses and the deliverance from Egypt and the giving of the law in the book of Exodus. He challenged us to look for our own burning bushes this week, places and times when we pay attention long enough to recognize that we are on holy ground. over the course of The Big Picture Along the way, we’ll be exploring some of the extraordinary art of the Saint John’s Bible, a contemporary illuminated text in the tradition of the Benedictine monks, to help us get a 40,000 foot view of some core stories and themes  Visit Rev. Ron’s Hubworthy page to find out more about the Saint John’s Bible.

The Fall Garage Sale to raise thousands of dollars for missions is just a few weeks away (Saturday, October 7th, 8:30am – 1pm) and we need your help to make it a success again. Start gathering your donations — bikes, furniture, shoes, jewelry, housewares, books, games, clothes and more — to be dropped off beginning the evening of Wednesday, October 4. Lots of volunteers are needed Wednesday – Saturday that week to help prep, put on and clean-up. We especially need people to help with furniture pick-up ahead of time and hauling/selling on Saturday and security the day of the sale. Contact Gwyn if you’d like to be part of the effort.

We had an almost entirely new crew of musicians playing at the 9:30am service (welcome Tim, Gaines & Carlos and welcome back, Ryan) and they introduced a new song — Deep Cries Out — that had us rocking out and “stirring up deep, deep wells, stirring up deep, deep waters.” The Choir treated us to “River in Judea” at both 9:30 & 11am. What a great morning of music! And speaking of music, the kids are back in action, too, and the Cherub Choir is rehearsing at 6pm on Thursday nights. Contact Amita Dubois for more info.

We have an exciting range of study opportunities planned for this fall and most of them begin this week! From a two-part series on the Reformation (celebrating Luther’s 500th Anniversary) to the Disciple Bible study to short-term studies on art, spiritual revival, the Scriptures, and Christian living, there’s sure to be something just for you. There’s no excuse to not jump in to a group or class that will help you expand your horizons and deepen your spiritual roots. You can check out our full list of classes here and sign up by email or in Fellowship Hall.

The United Methodist Church is already on the ground assisting people in the aftermath of the devastating rains and flooding from Hurricanes Harvey & Irma. To find out more about what the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is doing, visit their homepage. We just took a special offering for UMCOR on September 10 and over the last two weeks, the congregation has generously donated over $13,000! If you weren’t with us you can still contribute either: 1) Online by making a donation through  our website or theirs. or 2) By Check. Simply make out your check to SPUMC, mark UMCOR in the memo line and drop it off or mail it in. Many thanks for your generosity which will make a huge impact on people as they begin to recover from these historic storms.