Dear Skycrest Family,

I heard a story of two shoe salesmen who each went to go explore a new potential sales territory. One returned back saying, "Terrible news! No one there wears our shoes."

The other salesman returned back and said, "Great news! No one there wears our shoes."

Where the one saw an insurmountable obstacle, the other saw a wide-open opportunity to reach new people.

Folks often lament the change in our culture's religious landscape; it is no longer assumed that most everyone around us prays, attends church, or believes in the same God as we do.

I know this can be concerning. But perhaps we can choose to embrace it as an opportunity, a chance for God to use us to share the good news.

The sermon last Sunday was about building a new approach to evangelism based on gratitude and relationship. If you missed it, you can check it out online at www.skycrest.net/sermons I hope you'll join me in spending some time this week thinking about:

1) What are you grateful for about your Christian faith?

2) Do you have any relationships with non-Christians? If not, why not?

Up next Sunday, we have a very special combined worship service. While initially this was due to some renovations in the Fellowship Hall, I believe our combined service will actually serve a far greater purpose. We have not all worshiped together as one church (except Christmas Eve) in at least a couple of years. The energy and unity we will experience from gathering all ages, all services, all worship styles together in one place will be an inspiring picture of what the Kingdom of God will be like.

So don't miss this very special Sunday, September 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

Bus ministries will adjust their pickup times accordingly. Nursery will be available for ages 0-3, and of course kids are welcome in the service as well. We will not have SkyKids that day, however there WILL be a Kids' Moment during the service. Most adult Groups are not meeting that day (except Foundry class at 9:30 a.m.), so check with your Group leader or call us if you have any questions.

Finally, as I scheduled the date for this email, I noticed that I still cannot type 9-11 without thinking of that September day in 2001. I invite you to pause for a moment today to pray for our country, our leaders, and for peace to reign in our world.


Pastor Emily