First UMC Gonzales

Pastor's Note
From the desk of Rev. Steve Berger, Senior Pastor

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I wish we could say that "we feel it in the air" but fall weather is slow in coming our way this year. However, even with the temperature and humidity high, fall is upon us!

October is always a good month at the church, full of youth and children's activities, returning to weekday and night gatherings for learning and planning. This October we will be involved in "Earn. Save. Give.", a stewardship emphasis that has already begun on Wednesday nights and will build each week. Our Pledge Sunday will be October 22, with a meal after church to celebrate the bounty of God's goodness to us and our response to Him. "Earn. Save. Give." uses John Wesley's principles of giving and money management in general. Look for the Pledge Card to come in the mail this week and get ready to pray about your commitment and bring the card to worship.

This month also brings expanded offerings on Wednesday night for your spiritual growth. Ed and Margaret Holton will start teaching a course on raising children and materialism, aimed at parents with children and youth. We will also offer "Faith Lessons", a chronological study of the Bible with in-depth historical background beginning with the Patriarchs. This series offers video's made at the historic sites of the Bible and hands-on learning.

We open the doors of our church to the community on October 29 with our annual "Trunk-or Treat". Please contact Barbara Roy to volunteer to welcome families of all shapes and sizes from our area to our campus! We look forward to another great event.

Pastor Steve