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Families and households affected by TheFlood of Summer '16account for a larger percentage of our congregation than we first calculated.  We review our list of expressed and discovered needs almost daily, trying to figure out how we can assist in the process of repair in all the ways that people work to achieve wholeness in body, mind, and spirit. The stories are astoundingly sad and nearly unbelievable.  Of course, becoming whole or nearly so, is a process. Each week we craft worship services with the needs of those strangely hit by this unusual storm in mind.  We engage in conversations, listen to stories, and offer counsel. Our church is here for people for the long haul.  Please find an insert in this newsletter for addressing needs and behaviors of children who are stressed.

 Aphorisms and quotations can help us in lifebecause they speak to broader, deeper meanings.  Choose well your aphorism.  I offer five: 

Courage is the choice to accept the consequences of a life not controlled by fear. (Larry McGinty) 

Imitate the action of the tiger; stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood  (Shakespeare, Henry V, Act III.) 

Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do --love things that no one else can love.  We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do. (Barbara Sher) 

I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate.  (George Burns) 

Attack Truth Decay. Come Evolve with Us.  (seen on a UU church outdoor sign) 

The Church That Shows Upis our stewardship drive and program theme.  The theme is meant to be aspirational, not self-congratulatory.  The Church That Shows Up is a distinction that our church earned among our sister and brother members of Together Baton Rouge, about the time TBR was organizing for the local CATS tax initiative. Please go online to enter your financial commitment for 2017.  (Payments on your pledge begin January 1.) Or, you may wish to fill out a pledge card and mail it or bring it to church by Sunday, October 30.  We're securing our 2017 operating budget and we don't want anyone left out in the funding of our church programs.  This is your church.  Be generous. 

Watchful eyes to the earth and sky. 

Not a single church member would want us to pour cement for the new parking lot if the soil did not pass a compaction and moisture test. So, we have been waiting for dry weather after having failed several soil tests. The wooden forms are ready for the pouring, but we must wait for an all-clear signal from our independently contracted engineers and architect, Mike Perry. We do believe in science around here. We all desire a faithful and enduring, finished product. Get ready for that word again:  patience.