Dear Schweitzer Friends,

Even though the last days of summer are unseasonably hot, we are moving into fall full swing this week at Schweitzer. Here is what’s happening:

CLASSES BEGIN THIS WEEK

ROMANS. A class experience that combines teaching from our pastors and guided discussion with friends. Join us for seven weeks of engagement with God through Scripture–Sundays, 5:00–6:30 p.m., in room 204/206 beginning this Sunday, Sept. 17 — 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays, in room 102/104 beginning Sept. 19 — or Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 p.m., in Memorial Hall beginning Sept. 20. Books are available, $10 suggested, note “book” on offering. Come to the first class having read the introduction and Chapter 1 of the book. Check the Schweitzer app for an audio companion to the book. Contact Jeff Fugitt, jfugitt@sumc.co.

Getting Started in the Bible starts at the beginning and gives a thorough introduction to the Bible. Seven Wednesdays beginning Sept. 20, 6:30–8:00 p.m., room 204/206. Contact Jeff Fugitt, jfugitt@sumc.co.

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, Sept. 24. Food and childcare is provided. Contact: Erinn Johnson, ejohnson@sumc.co.

Jobs for Life next session starts on Tuesday, September 26. We have openings for both students and champions, as well as, needing volunteers for providing meals and driving our student pickup van.  For more information or to enroll contact Scott Warren, 417-766-8812, swarren@sumc.co.

Did you know?

Our youth leaders have created an Encouraging Mail system in the youth room. A student writes an encouraging or uplifting letter to someone else, they drop it in our mail bin on the post, then, our youth team collects them each week, puts them in envelopes, and mails them out to each student. The students are then getting fun and uplifting snail mail from their friends and leaders on a weekly basis.

As we have seen the devastating effects of hurricanes and witness the daily effects human violence perpetrates on each other, we are in need of a different kind of power–the power of God!  We begin the Romans series where Paul begins in his New Testament Letter: For I am not ashamed of the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes. It is time, it is past time, for us to reject the evil powers of this world and to accept the freedom and power God gives us to live a new life! I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday as the power of the gospel is preached.

Bob Casady
Lead Pastor

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