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      October was a busy month.  We had a wonderful Rally Day service with the Hewitts and Keith Andrew Grim.  Both speakers and the special music were well received.  Unfortunately we did not make our goal for attendance, but we did for the offering.  Hopefully we can meet both for the next time.  I was also told that revival services were well attended.  On Sunday night, we had around 70 attending, on Monday night the attendance was around 60, and the last two nights, I believe attendance was in the 50's.  Thanks for everyone that could make it out for those services.

            As for my first congregational business meeting, I thought that was laid back.  We would hope to see everyone that could attend this meeting come out to see and hear what is going on in the church.  It is a meeting where everyone can find out what is going on, and they can hear reports from the leaders from each respective commission.  

            I was able to get involved with all of the aspects of making apple butter.  I assisted with the peeling of apples on Thursday, and Paul and I drove down to Camp Eder where we assisted with the stirring of apple butter on Friday.  I enjoyed both the fellowship as well as the opportunity of learning the intricacy of making apple butter.

             We've started a new book for Men's study on Thursday morning.  It is entitled, "Being God's man in the face of temptation."  If there is anyone thinking about coming, I have a couple of books left, and we still have a couple of seats available at the Greyhound for those that would like to attend.  Just let me know you are coming, and I will bring an extra book. 

            We also still have two spots left for our trip to Missouri in December.  If you are on the edge of yes or no, I promise you will be blessed with serving others.  You will also have a wonderful fellowship time with those on the trip. 

            We are coming to the thanksgiving season, and many of us will spend that time with our family and friends.  I will close with Colossians 3:15-17, "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."  Make Jesus apart of your thanksgiving holiday.  Share Christ with someone this holiday and let them know why you are thankful for the relationship that you have with your Savior. 

                                                                                                      Blessings – Leon