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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.

I’m a breast cancer survivor.

Many people know this about me. Each October since I began preaching at The Downtown Church, I have found a way to work my story into a sermon. I may still do that. We’ll see. Currently the statistics in the US is that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. The American Cancer Society data for 2021 show that about 281,220 new cases of invasive cancer will be diagnosed. About 43,600 women will die from it. About 49,290 new cases of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) will be diagnosed. DCIS was my type of breast cancer.

I was diagnosed in August of 2005 by a routine mammogram. I remember clearly the moment when I was told, “this looks suspicious.” Then, following an ultrasound, “you’ll need to wait for the doctor to talk to you.” Next, the phone call, “you have breast cancer.” Millions of women have had that same experience. It forever changed my life and the life of my family. From then on anyone related to me has to check the box that yes, I have a relative who has had cancer.

Since I had DCIS, my cancer was able to be treated by a lumpectomy, 32 radiation treatments and 5 years of medication. Many, many women have had a much different course of treatment and for some, a much different outcome.

During COVID, many people have delayed routine screenings. It may be past time for you to get that fun colonoscopy or the squeezing mammogram. Don’t wait. Make the appointment today. This month I will wear my pink ribbon necklace. I’ll remember friends and family I have lost to cancer and those currently fighting to become fortunate enough to say, “I am a survivor.” And I’ll pray for the day cancer is no more.

See you Saturday evening at Millsap Farm and Sunday, online or in person,

IT'S ALMOST TIME! The Downtown Church's very own Pizza Night at Millsap Farm is in two days! 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. The fun starts at 5pm. All you need to bring are chairs and something to drink! If you need directions, just click this link and follow the map on out there. If you have any questions, just email us back and we'll do our best to answer quickly.
This is the last week of Jim Millsap's Sunday morning group through the book of James. BUT the Sunday morning group will continue on with a new subject. This is open to anyone and will start at 9:15, both in-person and online. 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.
There are five Sundays in October, which means it's our month to provide food for the kids at Rare Breed. Grab one of the notes on the wall in the main hallway, or purchase any individually wrapped food item, and bring it back to church by Sunday, October 24. This food will help the vulnerable youth served by Rare Breed make it through the weekend. Together, we are the body of Christ in our community!
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