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Bulletin for Sunday, November 10, 2019

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Luke 15:11-32
11 Jesus said, “A certain man had two sons. 12 The younger son said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the inheritance.’ Then the father divided his estate between them. 13 Soon afterward, the younger son gathered everything together and took a trip to a land far away. There, he wasted his wealth on prostitutes and wild living.

14 “When he had used up his resources, a severe food shortage arose in that country and he began to be in need. 15 He hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to eat his fill from what the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything. 17 When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have more than enough food, but I’m starving to death! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I no longer deserve to be called your son. Take me on as one of your hired hands.” ’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion. His father ran to him, hugged him, and kissed him. 21 Then his son said, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Quickly, bring out the best robe and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet! 23 Fetch the fattened calf and slaughter it. We must celebrate with feasting 24 because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life! He was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.

25 “Now his older son was in the field. Coming in from the field, he approached the house and heard music and dancing. 26 He called one of the servants and asked what was going on. 27 The servant replied, ‘Your brother has arrived, and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he received his son back safe and sound.’ 28 Then the older son was furious and didn’t want to enter in, but his father came out and begged him. 29 He answered his father, ‘Look, I’ve served you all these years, and I never disobeyed your instruction. Yet you’ve never given me as much as a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours returned, after gobbling up your estate on prostitutes, you slaughtered the fattened calf for him.’ 31 Then his father said, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of yours was dead and is alive. He was lost and is found.’”

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This fall, we are electing 3 new people to serve on our board. The board is currently comprised of 5 people. For gender equity, of the 5 on the board at least 2 must be women and 2 must be men (i.e. we'll never exceed a 3-2 ratio in one direction or the other). Shannon McDougal and Colby Freeman are both completing their terms on the board. Additionally, Chris Price (and family) are moving back to their home town of Charleston, WV. This leaves Caitie Anderson and Annie Jenkins as our current board members. To stay within our 3-2 gender equity ratio, at least two of the three new board members must be male. The third nominee can be either male or female.

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Enneagram Sunday School Class

Thanks to everyone who has joined us for the Enneagram Sunday School Class! The final class will be on 11/24 at 10am. If you missed a week, contact CJ and he will send you any class materials you missed so you can catch up!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & Potluck

Mark your calendars for Friday night, December 6th, 6-10pm at the home of the Babcocks. Doors will open at 6pm. Potluck starts at 6:30pm. The Ugly Christmas Sweater contest will be happening all evening long by secret ballot.

This is a family-friendly event where everyone is welcome! If you have young kids, we will have a baby-sitter (or two) on hand with games and crafts for the kids downstairs. The evening will be a great opportunity to gather, eat, laugh, and get to know each other beyond worship on Sunday morning.

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