Isn’t the amount of short green grass coming up just wonderful? I know we definitely need LOTS more rain but the change in color is delightful to the eyes. Hopefully not being too demanding, it would also be nice if we don’t have a freeze until more of the grass has a chance to green and grow. And of course more rain. Here it is coming up on November and the ground sure needs some moisture to tide it over until spring.Those celebrating their birthdays this week are Willard Jordan on the 27th, Jimmie Hitzfelder on the 29th, Tad Leifeste on the 30th, and Willie Mae Bauer on November the 1st. Sending wishes for many grand celebrations and a terrific year! We continue our prayers for our special folks in the nursing home and those homebound; Etta Marie Mutschink, Johnita Bohmfalk, Deloris Wilson, Anna Grace Durst, Pearl Leifeste, and Dick Pierson. Our prayers continue for the safety of our loved ones who are serving in harm’s way, Taylor Slocum, Josh Calhoun, Stuart Jordan, Amanda Adams, Kyle Peirce, and Matt Krause.Our announcements are the Revelation bible study is cancelled for this Wednesday, the 26th. It will continue with Lesson 8 on Wednesday, November 2nd at 6 pm.; there will be a Missions committee meeting on Wednesday, October 26th at 5:30 pm.; followed by Art Men’s choir practice at 6 pm.; the church conference will be next Sunday October 30th just after our worship service (we will have sandwiches before the conference starts); then in the evening there is the 5th Sunday worship service at the First Baptist Church in Mason, starting at 6 pm.Our joys were the birth of Taylor L. Holbert, the son of Cassey and Walter Holbert. The great-grandmother, Marian Leifeste, and grandmother, Lori Slocum, were joyful, proud, and excited. They were both able to be there for Taylor’s arrival! There is something very special about the love one has for a grandchild. Our requests for prayers and concerns were for Paul Toeppich, Charlie Morris, Doris (Carlita’s sister), our church conference, Dustin and family, Marge Boyd, and for rain.Pastor Cliff began with Matthew 22:34-46 where the religious teachers asked Jesus which of all the commandments was the greatest. In the years since Moses, the leaders had added and added to the commandments until there were over 613. These church leaders had been using their rules to keep people out of the temple. Jesus was teaching “new” interpretation of God’s laws with a new understanding of God’s love. These people did not like these changes at all. Change is hard and it’s scary. These were not according to their tradition, what their grandfathers and fathers had taught them. They were NOT happy. Their traditions were not perfect. God’s word is infallible. Our understanding of God’s law is not infallible. So Jesus told them the greatest commandment is “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” The second equally important commandment is “Love your neighbor as yourself”. But these church leaders were unconvinced, why?; perhaps because they have free will, too. But as Gentiles this was good for us because God made a new covenant with us. In this new covenant we are saved by the Grace of God. He did not cancel His covenant with the Jewish folks because what God says He does. God keeps inviting us, He is not deterred. God wants us to come to a deeper understanding of His love. But He wants us to not shut the door in others faces, we do not have the free will to decide if someone else has the choice to accept God’s grace. Remember justice, mercy and grace. Justice: when you get what you deserve; Mercy: when you don’t get what you deserve; and Grace: when you get what you don’t deserve. Like ice cream in church.Have a great week.