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Summer is ending as I write this and the weather is reflecting that in cooler temperatures and rainy days. The weather change prepares us to make the adjustment to fall, and with fall comes so much for us to be thankful for. Cooler weather is one of those things, but beautiful fall colors, the harvest of garden bounty, the beginning of school, and the preparation of yards and homes for winter weather are important activities too. These lead to Thanksgiving and Christmas time when families spend important time together.

At Divine Shepherd fall means the school is busy with lots of children, committees are busy making plans for the Harvest Dinner, Trunk or Treat, and the worship services. Confirmation and Bible studies begin and Wednesday night suppers become busier events, too. The music department, organists, pianists, singers, and chime ringers, begin practicing to give our worship beautiful music, and all of this prepares us and leads to the Advent season.

As we move toward the end of the year the Church Council will begin preparing the budget for 2020 and identifying candidates for nomination to Church Council committees. Long Range planning via the 2025 Vision committee will begin earnestly meeting to look towards the future for Divine Shepherd. The Elders will continue to look to the future as well to be certain that our ministries and missions at Divine Shepherd meet member’s expectations. Planning for 2020 is a big job, and though we have many volunteers, Divine Shepherd is a growing congregation that will always need more member involvement and input. Please contact Melissa, the church secretary, if you have an interest in serving on a committee in any way. One time and recurring opportunities to serve are also on the website, www.divineshep.org, as well as lots of other important and interesting information. Divine Shepherd is your congregation, your church, so don’t hesitate to become involved.

Finally I want to thank all the volunteers who contribute time and talent in so many ways that help make Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church the friendly and inviting place that it is. Without volunteers Divine Shepherd would be a quiet, somber, and lonely place. God wants His people to make a joyful noise in whatever way they can to give life to Divine Shepherd.

Rick Rathert

Congregation Chairman