Pastor's Note
A Word From the Pastor, Reverend, Joshua B. Shuster

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Reverend, Joshua B. Shuster
Senior Pastor,
Reverend, Joshua B. Shuster
From Rachel Wojo

Little yellow leaves from the front yard tree dance across the porch and driveway. As their bright green color fades, it seems they fall almost as quickly as they change. I love summer affectionately and part of me longs to whisper to the tree "Hold on a little longer. Come on; you got this. Think green!" But graciously the tree listens to its Maker rather than my foolish whispers. In order to flourish in the new season, the tree must let go of its decayed leaves. They have performed well for the term, but their time has drawn to a close.

Autumn is a wonderful time to observe nature. As I watch the swirling leaves stirred by the wind, I am reminded that they display an important lesson for all of us to follow suit in a way. Just as the trees don't stubbornly hold on to their dead leaves, so we shouldn't hold on to any unnecessary weight in our lives. When we long to enter a new season, the old can easily inhibit the new if we allow it. God's Word reminds us
to:

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31,32 (NIV). To get rid of negativity in our lives, we must first identify it. How can we do this?
» By reading God's Word.
» By allowing God's Spirit to show us the necessary heart changes we need.
» By being willing to shun practices such as bitterness and anger.
» By asking God to help us let go of the guilt from the past.

I'm sure that each of us have different things we would like to let go of. May we use this fall season as a beautiful reminder that God is already at work, we just need to let go!

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