Greeting to one and all as we enter the colorful Fall season. I hope this past week that many of you took note
of the progress on the additional parking lot and the landscaping and seeding of the adjacent area. Of Course, as I
mentioned in a message a couple of weeks ago, the natural consequences of choosing to expand our parking
capacity is that now myself and each of you need to put some effort into filling it up!
In addition, we have some very exciting and formidable challenges in front of us. As announced previously,
on the first Sunday in October we will begin our Adult Sunday School class that will be meeting each Sunday
morning at 9am. Our goal is to be able to provide child care and children's classes in January, as well as expand
our children's program during church to two classes, hopefully sooner. Of course this will require additional adults
to teach and assist. Our Board of Christian Education is working diligently to meet these challenges and if you are
interested in volunteering please pass that on to the Board Chairperson, Kelly Tobin.
Another exciting challenge is the upcoming 4th Annual McLean Halloween Carnival. This wonderful event has
grown dramatically over the past three years with this past year be attended by over 200 children and their families.
So, we need volunteers, especially in the "Trunk or Treat" provided at both the Fire Hall and the Church. If you can
possibly bring a car (or two) please inform our Mission Board Chairperson, Linda Foote. And don't forget to invite
your friends and neighbors to come and join the effort to once again provide a fun and safe environment for the
children of our community participate in the Halloween traditions.
Finally, our Board of Trustees, in addition to overseeing the development of the property will begin the annual
process of purposing the budge for next year. Consequently, a pledge form is attached to this letter and I have
faith that each of us will prayerfully consider what we can do to help maintain the financial stability that we have
enjoyed for the past several years which enables us to expand our ministry in so many ways to better serve this
wonderful community that God has called us to serve. As always I pray that God will continue to bless and guide
each of us and all of us. Pastor Dave