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            Our old house in Thompsontown is under contract.  If everything proceeds as planned, we will close the sale of that house before the end of August.  The house has been inspected, and we do not have anything to repair.  The buyer is going to make the requested repairs so that they can complete the purchase.  It will be a blessing when we no longer have to worry about the house in Thompsontown any longer. 

          For all of you that do not know, our softball team has had a wonderful season so far.  We have slowly improved throughout the season.  We were able to squeak out a victory last week, and the final score to that game was 17-16.  Amazingly we had to rally in that game for the victory, but the team did not get discouraged.  Instead, everyone continued to play hard, and we were blessed by the final score.  The first week of August will be the final week for softball, and we will have at least two playoff games that week.  If you have not been able to come and watch any of the games, we do appreciate “fan support.” 

          I believe that we have enough volunteers for the mission’s trip in December.  We do have 15, but some of those individuals are tentatively scheduled.  I will announce to the congregation if some spots for the mission trip open up or not.  We do want to try to take the entire 15 to Missouri if that is possible. 

Here is a brief note to the work being done in Eureka:  In December 2015, Winter Storm Goliath caused by a dangerous combination of heavy rain, snow and river flooding, set historic water level records across the state of Missouri. In St. Louis alone, the river crested at 42.58 feet – just shy of the record at the time. Because this disaster occurred the day before Christmas Eve, it received very little attention, even though 33 counties received a declaration for Individual Assistance and over 2,400 individuals and families received grants from FEMA.

        This spring 2017 storms brought at least 10 inches of rain in 10 days causing over 250 roads to close under water, including a 57-mile stretch of Interstate 44. Hundreds of businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed, many of which had just recovered from the 2015 flooding. 

          God calls each of us to serve in some capacity.  The mission’s trip is simply one way to do that.  From 1 Peter 4:10-11, “Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God.  If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” 

          Whatever or wherever God calls us to serve, I hope that when we hear the call, we answer the call.  God does not call us to faithfully stand on the sideline.

 Thanks and God bless,