Letter From Rob

Dear Friends,             This month I have a lot of exciting things to share about what God is doing in our church and in our community in the areas of mission and outreach!             First, we have focused for at least a year on moving into the new future God has for us by creating some action plans that will help us “live into” our mission and vision. Those plans have been presented in the form of a Three-Year Strategic Plan called “Vision 2020.” If you have not picked up a booklet of the Strategic Plan, copies are available on the Welcome Center table. A motion to adopt the Strategic Plan will be made at a Special Called Business meeting on Sunday, September 15th, following the service. Please read through and pray about the plan, and if you have any questions, please contact Johnny Cutright of the Church Council.             Next, the month of September is focused on missions in several more ways. You can help make the difference for children and families of Greenfield Elementary by participating in the Backpack Buddies ministry. The Mission team is taking food donations and is requesting more hands in helping assemble the food bags. Please visit the Mission table in the vestibule for more details and to sign up! Also, this month we are collecting the Alma Hunt offering, which supports Virginia Baptist mission efforts in our state and funds mission teams from Virginia who impact other areas. You can find Alma Hunt offering envelopes in the pew backs this month.             Also, the Deacons and Church Council together are excited to announce that the Application for Mission and Outreach Funds has been approved and will be available at the Welcome Center table. The intent of the grant is to fund a local, hands-on service or outreach project to bless our community. Starting Sunday, September 1st and running until December 15th, any group or team in the church who has a mission or outreach project or initiative they wish to start can complete the application and will be considered for a grant from the unused Mission Funds. Pray about how God might lead you to team up with others in our church to impact our community! Additionally, at the Welcome Center table is a signup sheet for volunteers for a Pleasant Hill booth at the Fincastle Festival on September 21st. This is a simple way of having a presence in our community and letting folks know about our church!             And finally, our Dinner Church team is hosting the next gathering of the “Neighborhood Table” dinner church Tuesday, September 10th at 6pm. This is a free community meal that is a missional effort: it is open to our neighbors and the intent is to reach people who have little or no relationship with Jesus, and who are unable or uncomfortable attending a church worship service. The first gathering in August was amazing and beyond our expectations! Our goal is to host the dinner church monthly and begin to build relationships with all who attend. It is a place of connection, grace and healing. If you are interested in attending the dinner church as a volunteer, please contact me so we can have a conversation and I can give you some resources that will stretch you, challenge you and BLESS you! Please pray for the dinner church, for the team, and most of all for the people that come that they may encounter the love of Jesus around the table!             God is at work in us and through us! As we, the branches, stay connected to Him, the Vine, we find our source of life and growth. It is my prayer that each of us will grow each day in our trust and dependence upon God. As He flows in us, His life flows out of us and blesses others! May you be challenged this month to let Him flow through you into service of others more than ever before! Blessings, Rob