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Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, This is a special edition of my weekly update, and I'm sending it out early because I'd like to invite you to our Community and Church Dinner on Wednesday, October 18 from 5-6pm. Come anytime during that hour for a free, delicious meal including a variety of homemade soups, bread, salad, and dessert.  Everyone is welcome! And by ...

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The Joy of Sowing Generously

  Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, Have you ever wondered how to increase your impact? How can you use your time, abilities, and resources to make a difference? I often think about those questions, and chances are you have thought about them, too. This Sunday's message is about the power of generosity and the difference your giving makes. I'm excited to describ...

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Working for God

  Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, I want to take this opportunity to address a tragic situation that I learned about earlier this week. Several people from our church family work in the Boiling Springs School District. During our Wednesday Prayer Service, someone mentioned the recent loss of one of the high school students in that district. After we prayed for ...

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Yard Sale and Movie Night!

  Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, This is a big weekend at our church! We hold our fall yard sale on Friday (8am-6pm) and Saturday (8am-1pm). You'll find lots of treasures and delicious food/baked goods. All proceeds go to mission projects locally and around the world. Stop by and support a great cause! Do you remember the days of drive-in movies? Tonight we'r...

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Leaving Your Mark

  Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, As I prepare for Sunday worship, I've been thinking about what it means to leave your mark. That's the theme for our final week in the series on Nehemiah. Have you ever wondered, "How can I make a difference? How can I leave my mark?" Chances are that you have. They're questions worth pondering. We'll explore those questions i...

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How Do You Respond to Opposition?

  Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, I'm excited to gather with you on Sunday! There's nothing like being in the presence of God together. We have a special opportunity this Sunday in worship to hear from Kasey and Esther Smith, missionaries in Guatemala through Servants. They serve at Villa Nueva (New Life) Children's Home, one of our mission partners. They'll b...

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Problems and Solutions

Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, Sometimes it seems like the bad news keeps coming. As we continue to pray for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, let's also pray for those affected by or in the path of Irma. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers. This Sunday we continue our study of Nehemiah. His story in the Bible is a remarkable story of rebuilding and findin...

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Disaster Response

Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, Like many of you, I am heartbroken by the images and stories coming out of the Houston area as a result of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. In times like this we need to come together and help those in need any way that we can. What can we do? Pray for those whose lives have been impacted. Pray also for the response teams, disaster...

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Call to Prayer and Fasting

Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, Jesus says, "Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:4-5). How strong is your connection...

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What Comes Next?

Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, It seems like summer has just begun, and now it's almost over. I hope you've had a chance to enjoy time with family and friends this summer. Molly, the kids, and I were able to get away for several days this week. We returned last night from a trip to the lake with my parents, sisters, and their children. Soon Annie begins kinderg...

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