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Greetings from The Downtown Church! This is a bi-weekly email with information about events, updates, and other fun things from the leadership of the church.

As the sun was rising this morning, I was doing what I usually do – sitting in my blue chair, drinking entirely too much coffee, reading online news and my devotions. Each morning, I read Fr. Richard Rohr’s email expecting to be challenged to think differently. Today I read: light is not something you necessarily see; it is something that allows you to see other things.

I watched as the light of the sunrise allowed me to see the trees, flowers, and birds outside my windows. And I began to wonder, what does loving and following Jesus, the light of the world, allow me to see during a time when it seems there is so much darkness?

With Jesus casting his light, I can see the good in the world. There are many people doing everything they can to provide students with an education. I can see the enormous amount of caregivers who, despite their frustration and exhaustion, don’t walk away from their jobs, but roll up their sleeves and serve each day. I can see a family in my office talking with me about joining The Downtown Church, bringing their beautiful baby to be baptized, giving us the honor of being their church family. I can see a college student coming to talk about our church and her desire to be part of it as she navigates the challenges of school.

Today, I am intentionally going to spend more time looking for what the light of Jesus allows me to see. Yes, Jesus will show me the difficulties – they are never to be ignored. Jesus will show me where I need to be invested in engaging with him in the redemption of the world. And Jesus will allow me to see the good, the kindness, the hope, and the beauty if I will only open my eyes.

See you Sunday, online or in person,

Hey Parents! Hey Volunteers! Hey people interested in helping with our Kids Ministry! Stay after worship this Sunday for a short meeting to talk about what it will look like when our little ones go back upstairs on September 12. Carla needs your help and buy-in to make a fun, successful, meaningful program. Put it on your calendar...and we DO mean short.
Jim Millsap will be leading a Sunday morning group through the book of James, starting September 12. This is open to anyone and will meet from 9:30-10:15am. We will also have the nursery and toddler rooms open for this group, so if you need to bring your kids, no problem! We've got it covered. You can sign up on our website right here.
The Downtown Church is going to have our very own Pizza Night at Millsap Farm! We are excited to have the space to spread out and just have some fun as a church family. There'll be pizza for all, live music, and space to play. You can sign up on our website. All you need to bring are chairs and something to drink! We are very excited to get together for a fun, fall evening!
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