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Upson Downs 9-17-2020

Last week we had another ESCC (El Segundo Christian Church) ecumenical meeting with 13 people, pastors and other church folk, discussing topics and concerns of today. We dipped our toes in the murky waters of racial reconciliation. We do not expect to exhaust this issue by any means, but we know it is at the heart of the Gospel, and we must try. Opening up communication in Christ’s name is a start, always remembering that Christ died to break down the dividing wall of hostility.

To that end, and to the goal of mutual understanding and respect, we are committed to seeking unity in Christ’s kingdom. This is a daunting task to be sure, not for the faint of heart, but necessary if we want to live authentically in Jesus’ name.

We are continuing our “international” Zoom Bible studies on Thursday nights, as well as our Sunday morning outdoor gathering, with social distancing. This seems to be of great benefit to all those participating. This week we will be working on apologetics, equipping the saints to always have an answer for the hope that lies within us. Please continue to pray for all our outreach endeavors.

This week a few old friends stopped by, and it reminds us how great it is to be found faithful where people can still locate us.It seems to bring comfort to people through the years to know that we are still here. We were glad to hear some wonderful memories of Rich, how he has touched peoples’ lives, and how he loved others so deeply and so well. A young man recounted that Rich was the first person who said “I love you” to him when he was 14 years old. That’s the Spirit.

We wish you all well and are grateful for your prayers, support, encouragement, and interest in our lives. We can’t be us without you, and we believe the reverse is also true, according to God’s word. Stay well and faithful. Grace and peace to you all.

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