Note with Bob
Dear Schweitzer Friends
There are many exciting upcoming events and opportunities for us to grow, be nurtured in the faith, and have fun through our church family relationships.
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You are invited to spend a day with the Holy Spirit on Saturday, October 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You will experience the Holy Spirit through teaching from Mark McKnelly and me, and Alpha Course leader, Nicky Gumbel, small group participation and discussion, as well as time for solitude and prayer. Don’t miss this opportunity to plug into God’s presence and power through the Holy Spirit. Childcare and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Mark McKnelly, mmcknelly@sumc.co.
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Live Well is a non-threatening educational gathering for individuals experiencing depression. The program teaches effective strategies to enhance health and wholeness in one’s body, mind, and spirit. Live Well will meet Sunday afternoons from 4:00-5:30 for eight weeks, beginning October 30. To learn more, contact Ellen Newby-Hines, newbyhe@otc.edu or Bob Lunn, rolunn@live.com.

Connection Class is a four-week exploration of how we connect with God and how to get connected here at Schweitzer. Come for one topic or all four, Sundays, November 6–27, at 9:40 in the Library. To learn more or sign up, contact Jeff Fugitt, jfugitt@sumc.co.

Love to Stay is a six-week class equipping to create and sustain healthy, meaningful marriage. Mark Mildren will lead through Adam Hamilton’s book on Sundays at 9:40 a.m. beginning November 6 in Room 204. Cost of book is $10.00. To learn more or sign up, contact Jeff Fugitt, jfugitt@sumc.co.
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Jake Hotchkiss, Schweitzer’s Young Adults Director, has answered the call of God on his life to pursue Ordained Ministry within the United Methodist Church. In our denomination, a candidate for ministry must first be approved by their own local church before beginning the ordination process. Jake has met with our Church Board which has affirmed Jake’s call to ministry. The next step is for Jake to receive the affirmation of his call at a special called Church Conference at Schweitzer, Sunday, October 29, 12:12pm in the sanctuary. Jake will share his call to ministry at the conference. All members of the church are invited to attend and vote upon the recommendation of Jake to enter the process toward ordination. I have been authorized by the Rev. Lynn Dyke, Ozarks District Superintendent, to chair the conference.
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We are grateful for the response we have to date in Looking Forward as we refresh the sanctuary and women’s restroom, extending and making accessible our chancel area. We have entered into a contract with construction beginning November 7. Total gifts and pledges to date is $265,000 with the cost of the project being $325,000. We ask for your prayers and continued financial support in fully funding these projects as we renew our worship space and improve our hospitality for years to come.
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We start a new series of messages The Five T’s of Transformation this Sunday at Schweitzer, beginning with Talents. We’ll look at how God uses our natural talents and spiritual gifts to transform lives for Jesus. See you Sunday!

Bob Casady
Lead Pastor

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