Dear Schweitzer friends,

The place is rocking this week with hundreds of kids enjoying and hundreds of adults serving at Vacation Bible School. What a privilege I have in hanging out with three-year-olds as we experience music, art, story-telling, play, snacks and worship. If you want to experience the energy of the Fun Factory and in need of inspiration, come to the Vacation Bible School celebration tonight in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m.

An inviting outdoor space with a small chapel is currently under construction just west of the Stanford garden with access from the church parking lot. This spot will be designated for prayer, quiet reflection, and spiritual healing. Memorial pavers honoring a loved one or commemorating a group or event can be purchased for placement within the prayer garden by completing a form and enclosing payment of $50. Forms are available at the Connection Center.

When you’ve found Schweitzer is the place where you can live out your discipleship, come participate in our membership class. This one-session class will let you explore more deeply our core beliefs, values, and membership covenant. Take the next step and join us in Memorial Hall, noon-1:30, Sunday, July 23. Food and childcare is provided. To sign up or for more information, email Pastor Jim at

The next Jobs for Life Session begins on Tuesday, July 25. We are looking for people to be Champions for our students. A Champion goes through the course with a student and becomes a source of encouragement, friendship, and positive role model. The only requirement is to be willing to be a friend and listen. For more information, contact Scott Warren, or 417-766-8812.

On July 30 at 12:15 p.m., the young adults will be throwing a BBQ at the home of Jake Hotchkiss, 750 S. Sparks Ave., Springfield. If you’d like to contribute with food, drinks, or yard games, please email Children are welcome and feel free to invite your friends!

Our series continues this week with the question: Why does work matter? As we address this question, we’ll talk about how to develop and maintain healthy work rhythms. I look forward to seeing you in worship Sunday!

Bob Casady
Lead Pastor

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