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Dear Friends:

    A few odds and ends……………………..

    Last month, we invited you to celebrate with us during our events for the 50th Anniversary of Trinity United Methodist Church. Please mark on your calendars the dates of Saturday, October 20 for the Birthday Gala Dinner and Program. The Meet and Greet begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Church Porch. High Top tables will be available for you to enjoy appetizers and conversation. The Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. It will be catered, featuring chicken and roast beef, potatoes and vegetables and a salad. The Program for the evening will take place in the Sanctuary and will feature the introduction of former pastors, a reminder of some notable “firsts”, and a very special presentation of a special gift to our Church. Please pick up your tickets from the Church Office to reserve your spot. Tickets are free, but we are limited to 200 for seating, so get your tickets today. Bishop David Bard will bring the message to us on Sunday, October 21 for the 10:30 a.m. service (remember, there is only one service that morning, at 10:30 a.m.) Bishop Bard will help us look back to celebrate, but will also challenge us to look ahead and keep our eyes on our mission. There will be a Hospitality Hour following worship. Please join us for all the festivities.

    What a blessed time of worship we enjoyed on September 23 as we honored those folks who have been church members for over 60 years!!! We list them here:
    Bernadine Brady (1942)        Barbara Bugbee  (1944)    Wilma Haney  (1954)
    Ellen Kress  (1953)               Margaret Larner  (1938)    Marilyn Larner  (1942)
    Jeanne Petru  (1953)            Phyllis Reed  (1956)          Eileen Richmond  (1957)
    Gerald Richmond  (1948)    Mel Richmond  (1957)      Elaine Torn  (1952)
    Pauline Wentz  (1958)        Kay Wilcox  (1952)

    These people have been the rocks on which our Church has been built. They have been the foundation of faith and spiritual growth here at Trinity. They helped to put flesh on the bones of a Church that had at one time only been a dream. And once the building became a reality, these people were the ones who made this building become a living, breathing Body of Christ! We owe so much to them! They have taught us about our faith; they have helped us talk the talk and walk the walk of faith; they have helped us become disciples, and still, today, we are learning how to be faithful through their example. I am humbled and honored to have had the privilege of recognizing their contribution to our past, our present, and our future! All we can say to each of them is a heartfelt “thank you” and a pledge that we will carry the torch they have passed to us.

    I hope you will be planning on attending a very special celebration on Saturday, October 6, from 4 —6 p.m. here on the grounds of Trinity UMC. We are having a BLOCK PARTY!!! The Manna From Heaven Ministry, which is our Food Distribution community ministry, will be offering this Celebration to say “Thank You” for all the support this community has offered to make this ministry possible!  You can enjoy a delicious pulled pork meal. There will be a Bounce House, Clowns, Face Painting, Games and Music. Should you wish to make a donation to keep this ministry growing, please make your check payable to “Manna From Heaven”.

    Finally, a reminder that Election Day will be here before you know it. Tuesday, November 6 is a day when we should make every effort to do our duty as faithful citizens of a wonderful nation and vote for the candidates of our choice. No one wins when we do not get out to vote.
    I am not comfortable preaching “politics” from the pulpit. I would not tell you to vote for a particular candidate. But when there are justice issues to be decided, I want you to at least be aware of what is on your ballot. Since we have been dealing with the “medical” marijuana issue in our community, I think it is important for you to take notice of Proposal 1 on your November ballot. It is a statewide proposal.
    Proposal 1 is a proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state licensed retailers.
    The proposal would: allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, process and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption. It would impose a 10 ounce limit for marijuana kept in residence and require amounts over 2.5 ounces to be secured in locked containers. It would create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them. It would permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10% tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located. It would change several current violations from crimes to civil infractions.
    Should this proposal be adopted?

    We knew that when the Village of Chesaning allowed the “medical” marijuana businesses to set up shop in our town, that it was just the first step. This proposal, should it pass, is the second step. This is what all these businesses have been waiting for. All the high sounding talk about the “medical” benefits was just to get their foot in the door for the much more lucrative (for them) opportunity that legal recreational use of marijuana would bring. The Village of Chesaning board promised us a “financial windfall” that would benefit our community. Oh, and all the “jobs” that these businesses would bring into Chesaning. These businesses have brought in their own people to run their operation. The businesses and restaurants of our community have not realized the “financial windfall” from the presence of these “medical” marijuana operations, and legalizing it for recreational use will bring more risk and harm to Chesaning than any kind of “benefit”.
     Bottom line? Michiganders need to defeat this proposal.
     I have yet to see much advertising pro or con to this proposal. I have heard that there is about a 56% approval rating for this proposal. So it is imperative to get out the vote to defeat this proposal. Tell all your friends across the state of Michigan about this proposal. Encourage them to spread the word and say NO.

    We have so much to be thankful for in our community. We have been blessed. A number of my colleagues and I have been praying for a spirit of revival to wash over this community. Join with us in that prayer. Jesus Christ is Lord of all!!!

Pastor Tim

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