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We have the big Kool-Aid Days celebration right outside our church on August 9 and 10.  On Saturday the tenth FBC will offer air conditioning, cold water, restrooms, and a baby changing area.  Also Smiles!  It was fun last year and we expect it to be more fun this year!

Car Wash!  The Saturday after Kool-Aid Days.  On August 17 at Russ’s Supermarket, car washes for free will donation.  Proceeds will go to the roof fund.  And the town will be cleaner as a result.

The roof fund is almost half-way to the goal of $7,800.  Thank you to all who have made special contributions to this fund!  The Diaconate has pledged to give $500 to the fund for every $1000 that comes in from other sources, and we really appreciate that support.  It will be so nice to have the leaks stopped so we can do some wall and ceiling repair in northeast stairs and the old Sunday School office.

And thank you! to volunteers who have been doing landscaping work this summer.  The lawn gets mowed, the sprinkler system maintained, and weeds get taken care of regularly.  The vines growing up on the south wall have been removed.  Sod is filling in the bare spot left from our neighbors’ new parking lot work. Deadwood has been removed from the flowering pear trees on the east.  The rain-water blowing in through the vent over the main kitchen stove has been stopped (we think!).

Volunteers have also been doing custodial work inside, including trash removal, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning restrooms, etc.  Sunday morning coffee and snacks are provided by volunteers.   Lots of volunteer work goes into our very worthwhile potlucks.  Our financial tracking is all done by volunteers.  This newsletter is produced by a volunteer.

Our pattern of awesome worship music is sustained faithfully via the investment of many hours by yet more volunteers.  Also, FBC’s presence at the big Recovery in The Park event happened through our musical volunteers in Becoming Mosaic.

Eight volunteers will participate in the Missional Immersion training the state ABC is providing.  The Palmer Grant for work with 18-29 year olds is and will be implemented through volunteer effort.

This is the Church taking care of itself.  Pretty Cool, Huh!?

This all takes real time and effort.  But it IS the way “the whole body … builds itself up in love.”  (Eph 4) Among all our world’s noise, chaos, and fear, THIS kind of thing is what’s REALLY happening – it’s where you want to be.

“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.  We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (1 Thess 1:2-3)