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For years that's what the late Rev. Fred Rogers sang as an invitation to millions of children and parents who watched his intelligent and award-winning TV show on PBS. Fred was onto something. "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" was created in 1968 when the world seemed to be coming apart at the seams. We had few handles on how to act differently in a very divided world. Teaching children civility by being a neighbor seemed a good place to begin. 50 years later it would seem we need to begin again.

Thanks a member's belief and generosity, we have joined The Neighboring Movement. On September 28, a group from our church will meet with seven other churches for an orientation and coaching session on how to think about being a neighbor. We will do that three times in eight months. In between, each church's group will meet weekly for an hour to learn, discuss and apply solid principles for "loving your neighbor" (Matthew 22:34-40).

Our Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) prescriptions challenge us to reach new people in our mission field. Consequently we are seeking persons to join this class and learn better to do just this - right in our neighborhood. We have members living in every part of our mission field, from Plano to Lavon and Fairview to Richardson. Be part of the movement. Contact the Rev. Diane Presley to join ... right where you live.

Blessings,

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