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Trees have much to teach us about life together. From how they raise their young, to how they communicate, the trees of the forest show us how to thrive in a web of sacred relationships. In an age of consumer choice, mobility, and political and cultural divisions, what does it look like to be rooted in Christian community? Join us Sunday as Pastor Brad kicks-off this series with “Miss the Forest for the Trees,” based on Romans 11:16-24.

The Connection starts THIS WEEK! August 22nd at 6:30pm

Classes are available for all ages. As always, Nursery/Childcare, The Connection Kids, and ROC Out Youth will be provided as well as dinner each night. Adult classes include:

• Living Your Strengths—Living Your Strengths shows readers how to use their innate gifts to enrich their faith communities. The book shows people how to identify and affirm their talents, and how to use them for growth, service, and helps people discover their true calling.

• Boundaries—Healthy relationships and sound living depend on maintaining effective person-al boundaries. But many people don’t know where to start. This book can make a life-changing difference. Drawing on principles from the Bible, Boundaries guides us on a journey of discovery and practical applica-tion.

• Prayer of Jabez—Do you want to be abundantly blessed by God? Are you ready to experience the blessings God longs to give each of us? Join us to see how the remarkable prayer of a little-known Bible hero can release God’s fa-vor, power and protection in your life. (P.S. – It’s never too late!)

• NETworX—Rethinking poverty. Reshaping our community. Building relation-ships across social class lines. This workshop focuses on holistic poverty, self-awareness, resources, the role of trauma, and com-munity change. Partici-pants need a strong desire for positive change in their life and to be part of a team, encouraging others to reach their goals.

Connection brochures and sign up cards are available in the Welcome Center!

Bible Study of Genesis—Many of the Bible’s major themes crop up in the pages of Genesis: a personal relationship with God; the mystery of God; God’s unconditional love; courage to face the unknown; turning evil into good. The Sojourner’s Small Group (Sundays from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.) will study Genesis this fall, beginning September 2nd, using the Genesis to Revelation series of Bible studies. If you’d like a fun small group of open-minded people to study the Bible with, the Sojourners invite you to join! Please contact Pastor Brad at or 540-483-9090 to inquire or register.

Half-Truth Group Study—The Agape Small Group will study a video and workbook series on “Half-Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say”. The study begins August 26th. The Agape Small Group meets every Sunday morning @ 10:00 AM. If you are interested in attending, please contact Dave Werner @ 540-488-4367.

Eagle Scout Project— Jay Chitwood, in Boy Scout Troop #362, is working on a project to build a picnic shelter for the church. This will serve as a gathering place for church members and the community to enjoy the outdoors. Your donations are greatly appreciated as this project is not yet completed. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Jay at 540-420-8647 or call the church office at 540-483-9090 for more details.

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