The big yellow buses are rolling and the stores are jam-packed with wild assortments of pencils, paper and backpacks. It is that time – back to school. Please diligently pray for the students, parents, teachers and administrators as this new school year begins. Whether it is the preschooler leaving Mom’s grasp for the first time, or the young adults headed off to college, there are many obstacles in the way of a successful year. Pray for opportunities for each to see and feel the love of Jesus, along with strength and wisdom to withstand the many temptations of this world. Pray for hearts to be opened to the Word, and for us to share the Good News. Please be in prayer for all our many ministries – the various choirs starting with infants and going through to adults, children’s Bible clubs at our area elementary schools, Middle and High school youth groups, Ekklesia and more. Plus we have the amazing opportunity this fall for fellowship and encouragement for the many who will visit our church as we house Our Children’s Middle Academy, a middle school for children with developmental disabilities. We ask God’s blessing on this church family and our community this new school year, so that it may be a time when we appreciate and fully use God’s gift of joy and wonder, learning and sharing, and courage to persevere in all that we undertake this school year and beyond.