“You will enjoy the fruit of your labor, how joyful and prosperous you will be!” Psalm 128:2

Those having birthdays this week are: Nyla McKinzie, Campbell Biggs, Lindsey Luker, Eric St. Ledger, Jenna (Turpin) Jones, Caleb Porter, Lena Melchor, Delaney York and Hannah Perry. Those celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are: Roger and Charlotte Shelby and Jim and Chris Heindselman.

Nolan's sermon, “Messy Church:  Who? Me?” was taken from 2 Corinthians 6:11-13. Our present reality is that there will be conflicts. We should leave the conflict if it causes others to be apart from God. Sometimes the responsibility comes back to us; we need to forgive! Our challenge is to not allow these things to build up. If there's someone you need to forgive or something to be forgiven for, go make it right!

If anyone is in need of home communion, please contact Randy Longbons at 618-445-7723.

West Village will be getting back to semi-normal next week with our Sunday School classes. They will begin around 9:30 a.m. Please wear a mask during class. The worship services will be as they have been for the past month. The 8:30 a.m. service will require masks to be worn, and the 10:30 a.m. service will allow masks taken off once in the sanctuary.

Next Sunday evening is our Annual Youth Kick-Off. We will be meeting at the Outback Campgrounds at Johnny and Sharon's from 5-7 p.m. There will be lots of food and games for all to enjoy!

The Women's Bible Study will start next week on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. or on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. This will be a six-week study based on Jeremiah for encouragement during these difficult times. There is a sign up sheet in the foyer or you may also call Erin to sign up as well. All ages welcome! Please feel free to join us!

Junior Church will begin on Sept. 13 during the sermon time. It is for grades 1st-5th. They will meet in the conference room upstairs.

The offerings for Missions this month will go to Tim and Erin MacSaveny with Pioneer Bible Translators, Oblong Children's Christian Home, Oil Belt Christian Service Camp, Campus Outreach and News Service 2000 (Dr. Pat).

Our church will be going to Shreve's Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 11. Please meet at the patch at 5 p.m. for a hayride, then the devotion and weiner roast will follow at 6 p.m.

Congratulations to Jay and Haley (Wright) Hurt on the birth of their first child, Loxley Danielle on Aug. 29. She weighed 8 lb. 9 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Her proud grandparents are Dave and Bonnie Wright.

A big Thank you goes to Johnny and Sharon Gill for hosting the Labor Day Weekend Campout at the Outback Campgrounds. It was a very relaxing weekend of visiting, games, and eating.

On Friday evening, Lila Fewkes; Lonny and Valerie Murbarger; Greg and Vanessa Chalcraft of Hokes Bluff, Ala.; Vince and Jami Fewkes; Donna Martin and Conner Devor had supper at Mis Tres Potrillos in Parkersburg. They visited a little with Desi Fewkes while they were there.

Emaleen Collins visited with Vanessa Chalcraft and Lila on Saturday afternoon at the Fewkes home.

Rick Mason of Naperville was a weekend visitor of Eleanor Mason. He attended services at the campgrounds on Sunday morning with his mom.

Sam and Emaleen Collins and Randall, Ellen, Leah and Benton Collins of Springfield were weekend guests of Clyde Hedrick. Sam and Emaleen attended services at the campgrounds Sunday morning with Clyde.

On Sunday at noon, Lonny and Valerie Murbarger; Victoria Walker and Greg and Vanessa Chalcraft enjoyed lunch at the home of Edwin and Lila Fewkes.

Greg and Vanessa Chalcraft of Hokes Bluff, Ala. stayed with Edwin and Lila Fewkes over the weekend. They visited with friends and family at the campgrounds, then they visited with Mary and Marcus Chalcraft of Mount Carmel on Sunday afternoon.

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the families of Wilma Greatline, Sharon Dutko and William Johnson.