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             Summer will be unofficially over.  Labor Day is upon us.  September promises to be a busy month.  We have Praise Fest on September 8th, District Conference is the next weekend and the Compelling Vision meeting is the last weekend of September.  Please pray for all these events that will be taking place. 

            Our Wednesday night study of Horizontal Jesus has been going very well.  Dr. Tony Evans is a great Bible teacher.  If you have ever wanted to learn about how the church should interact with one another, this is the Bible study that you should be attending.  We have three more weeks of the video series so please come out and join us for the study in September.  The last week of September is the night for skating, so we will not have Bible study that evening.

            I hope that you have been enjoying the six-week study of marriage.  We will have two more weeks of that in September.  After that we will begin a four-week study of Mark 4.  This study involves all the parables about the seed and the growth of the seed.  Being that it is the harvest season for the farmer, it will be an appropriate study.

            Our numbers for men’s Bible study was over 10 last week.  I think that I counted 11 guys that attended breakfast and studied God’s Word.  Our numbers went up drastically because some of the younger men are going back to school.  We are still studying Proverbs for any other guys that would like to attend.  We still have plenty of room around the table.

            On Sunday evening September 9th, Scott Trayer will begin a Celebrate Recovery Bible study in at Shippensburg Church of the Brethren at 6:30.  This study is applicable for anyone that has had any type of “hang-ups” in their own lives.  Please be in prayer for Scott and this Bible study.  This is the first of its kind of Bible study in Shippensburg, so we are hoping and praying for God’s hand to be involved in directing this ministry.

            We had an awesome movie night on August 25.  “I can only imagine” was that type of a movie that left a lump in the back of my throat.  When that happens, I know that the movie had an awesome message.  If you have not had the opportunity to see this movie, please take the time to see it.  The movie demonstrated how God can move a heart of even the unlikeliest of individuals.  Ezekiel prophesied about this very subject when he wrote to Israel, “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you.  I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart” (Ezekiel 36:26).  Those individuals that seem unchangeable by our standards are not unchangeable according to God’s standard.

In Christ,

Leon Davis