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GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

(Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod)


LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
August 10, 2014
THE NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
PRAYER UPON ENTERING CHURCH
O Holy Spirit, Comforter and Guide, through the Gospel You have worked faith in my heart
which receives the greater gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation. Through Word and Sacrament
continue to strengthen me in my faith and by Your power in my life help me overcome doubt and
temptation. Open my heart to receive more of Your grace and grant that I bear fruit in my faith life
which gives glory to You, who with the Father and the Son are One God, One Lord. I pray this in
Jesus holy name. Amen
WELCOME
Welcome to Grace! We thank you for being here this morning and we especially wish to
thank those who are visiting for joining with us this morning. In this time it is our hope that, wherever
you are in your faith, just beginning to know Jesus, continually struggling to believe in Him or bold
and steadfast in your confession of His name, we pray that Gods Word shared here this morning will
strengthen you and keep you steadfast in the faith that Jesus is Lord and Savior. If you are not a
member of Grace and wish to learn more about our teachings as drawn from Gods Word please speak
with our Pastor. We are glad you are here and we invite you to come and worship with us again.
We ask that everyone fill out an attendance registration card found at each pew and return it
to an Usher as the Offering is collected. Children are welcome in our Service and will be invited to
come forward for a Childrens Message. Parents may accompany them. Restrooms are located on the
lower level of this building or across the bridge on this floor level before entering the fellowship hall.
A nursery for infants and toddlers is located downstairs for anyone who has need.
HOLY COMMUNION
Holy Communion will be celebrated in the 8:15 Service today. In this sacrament we receive
Christs very body and blood for the forgiveness of sins. Those who are not members of Grace are
asked to speak with our Pastor before partaking of this sacrament so that the unity of faith might be
established. Thank you for honoring this request.
AS WE GATHER
Job suffered losses that few of us could endure: his livelihood, his family, and his own health.
At Jesus invitation, Peter exited the boat and began to walk to Jesus, until he took his eyes off Jesus
and paid attention to the wind and the waves and he began to sink. In a familiar hymn we sing, Lord
when the tempest rages, I need not fear, For You, the Rock of Ages, are always near. Close by Your
side abiding, I fear no foe, for when Your hand is guiding, in peace I go. (LSB 722 stanza 2) This is
why todays Gospel is so uplifting. When Peter was sinking, Jesus immediately reached out His
hand and took hold of him. In Holy Baptism, Jesus reaches out His hand and takes hold of us,
granting faith and eternal life. Even as we struggle with temptation and doubt, the Lord graciously
leads, guides and directs us, reaching out to us through Word and Sacrament to give us life to the full.

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THE ALTAR FLOWERS

The Altar Flowers are given today to the glory of God and the beautification of
His House by Robert and Carole Nichols in celebration of their grandson Stephens
eighth birthday and in thanksgiving for Gods many blessings.

THOSE WHO SERVE

Pastor: Rev. James C. Walter
Vicar: David Witte
Director of Parish Music: Nathan Beethe
Secretary: Pat Funk
Early Childhood Center Director: Colleen Moorman
Acolyte: (8:15) Ginger Litwa
Cantor: (8:15) Jon Cline
Communion Assistant: (8:15) Frank Royster
Ushers: (8:15) Roy Andrews, Roy Bullard
John Ketcher, Gary Proud
Greeters: (8:15) Jack and Pat Funk
Altar Guild: (8:15) Dorris Deislinger and Mildred Wilkins
Acolyte: (10:45) Anna Kate Manchester
Cantor: (10:45) Jeff Ralston
Ushers: (10:45) Paul Krueger, Gervais LeBlanc
Jeff Ralston, Jacob Ralston
Greeters: (10:45) Jeff and Ginny Ralston
Altar Guild: (10:45) Ginny Ralston
Coffee Hosts: Anna, Christina, Emily and James Junkans
Altar Guild: (Wed. evening) Suzanne Raddle and Wilma Richter
Nursery Attendant: Mary Ann Dyer

THE APPOINTED READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY, August 11
th
, The Tenth Sunday after
Pentecost, are: The Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8, The Epistle Reading: Romans 11:1-
2a, 13-15, 28-32, and The Holy Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28.

Grace Lutheran Church
P. O. Box 250769, Little Rock, AR 72225

www.gracelutheranlr.org
Telephone Number: 501-663-3631

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THE ORDER OF DIVINE SERVICE
for
THE NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST




Pre-Service Music With the Lord Begin Your Task - William Braun

Lighting of the Chancel Candles

Prelude With the Lord Begin Your Task - Jacob B. Weber

Ringing of the Church Bell

Opening Hymn: With the Lord Begin Your Task LSB 869


Confession and Absolution

Stand

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their baptism.

Invocation Matthew 28:19b; [18:20]

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen

Exhortation Psalm 124:8; Psalm 130:34; Luke 18:13

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,
C who made heaven and earth.
P If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
C But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.
P Since we are gathered to hear Gods Word, [and] call upon Him in prayer and praise,
[and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar,]
let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we
have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our

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sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God,
our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be
merciful to me, a sinner.

Confession of Sins

C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting
life. Amen

Absolution John 20:1923

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives
you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I
therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the
Holy Spirit.
C Amen


Service of the Word

Introit Ps. 34:48; antiphon: Ps. 34:1

P I will bless the LORD at all times;
C his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
P I sought the LORD, and he answered me
C and delivered me from all my fears.
P Those who look to him are radiant,
C and their faces shall never be ashamed.
P This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
C and saved him out of all his troubles.
P The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
C and delivers them.
P Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
C Blessd is the man who takes refuge in him!
C Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen
P I will bless the LORD at all times;
C his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

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Kyrie Mark 10:47




A For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.



A For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God,
and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.



A For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise
let us pray to the Lord.



A Help, save, comfort and defend us, gracious Lord.



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Gloria in Excelsis Luke 2:14; John 1:29






Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Let us pray.
Almighty and most merciful God, preserve us from all harm and danger that we, being
ready in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish what You want done; through
Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
C Amen

Sit


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Old Testament Reading J ob 38:418

P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Gradual Ps. 34:9, 19, alt.



Fear the LORD, | you his saints,*
for those who fear him lack | nothing!
Many are the afflictions of the | righteous,*
but the LORD delivers him out | of them all.

Epistle Romans 10:517

P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Stand

Alleluia and Verse


Matt. 14:27
P But immediately Jesus spoke to them, | saying,*
Take heart; it is I. Do not | be afraid.


Holy Gospel Matthew 14:2233

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fourteenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.


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The reading of the Holy Gospel.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

Nicene Creed (8:15)

C I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth
and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of His Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried.
And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
and ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of the Father.
And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord and giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
and I look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life T of the world to come. Amen




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Apostles' Creed (10:45)

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life T everlasting. Amen

Sit

Children's Message

Sermon Hymn: Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me LSB 715

Sermon Matthew 14:2233
Little Faith Big Doubts?

Stand

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to
their needs.

Each petition ends with the following:

P Lord, in Your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

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The prayers conclude with the following:

P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy;
through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C Amen

Sit

Offering Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me - John Ferguson

Stand

Offertory: We Give Thee But Thine Own LSB 781




6 And we believe Thy Word,
Though dim our faith may be:
Whateer for Thine we do, O Lord,
We do it unto Thee.

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10:45 Service continues on page 15








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Service of the Sacrament (8:15)

Preface 2 Timothy 4:22; Colossians 3:1; Psalm 136

P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Lift up your hearts.
C We lift them to the Lord.
P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.
P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give
thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, for the countless
blessings You so freely bestow on us and all creation. Above all, we give thanks for
Your boundless love shown to us when You sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ,
into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die
eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all
who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new life.
Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and
magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9







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Prayer of Thanksgiving

P Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us
and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but
have eternal life.
In Your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the
forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life.
Yet, in Your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus
Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him.
We give You thanks for the redemption You have prepared for us through Jesus Christ.
Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may faithfully eat and drink of the fruits of His cross
and receive the blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation that come to us in His body
and blood.
Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:

Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:913

C Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven;
give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom
and the power and the glory
forever and ever. Amen

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had
given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: Take, eat; this is My T
body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.
P In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He
gave it to them, saying: Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T
blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of Me.


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Pax Domini John 20:19

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C Amen

Agnus Dei John 1:29






Sit

Distribution

Communion Instructions: The Pastor invites the communicants, those who are able, to kneel
and then distributes the host which may be received into the hand or the mouth. The Elder
distributes the individual cups. The communicants are asked to hold their cups until the Pastor
says, Take and drink.

Hymn: Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face LSB 631
Hymn: We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight LSB 720
Hymn: Be Still, My Soul LSB 752

Stand


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Nunc Dimittis Luke 2:2932








Post-Communion Collect

P Let us pray.
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, You have given us a foretaste of the feast to come in
the Holy Supper of Your Son's body and blood. Keep us firm in the true faith throughout
our days of pilgrimage that, on the day of His coming, we may, together with all Your
saints, celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which has no end;
through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C Amen


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Benedicamus Psalm 103:1

P Let us bless the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift His countenance upon you and T give you peace.
C Amen

Closing Hymn: Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me LSB 722

Postlude Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me - Richard Wienhorst



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Service Concludes (10:45)

Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:913

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:
C Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven;
give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom
and the power and the glory
forever and ever. Amen


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Collect

P Almighty God, grant to Your Church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes down
from above, that Your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to
the joy and edifying of Christs holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You
and, in the confession of Your name, abide unto the end; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C Amen

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift His countenance upon you and T give you peace.
C Amen

Closing Hymn: Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me LSB 722

Postlude Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me - Richard Wienhorst









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Acknowledgments
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright
2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by
Lutheran Service Builder 2006 Concordia Publishing House.


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THIS WEEK AT GRACE

SUNDAY: 8:15 a.m. Divine Service with Holy Communion
Coffee and Fellowship in the Parlor
9:45 a.m. Sunday School downstairs in Parker Hall
9:45 a.m. Junior and Senior High classes downstairs in the church
9:45 a.m. Pastor Walters Bible Class upstairs in Parker Hall
10:45 a.m. Divine Service
MON - FRI: 7:30 a.m. Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)
MONDAY: 7:00 p.m. Board of Elders
TUESDAY: 12:00 noon Sit and Sew
WEDNESDAY: 6:30 a.m. Mens Bible Study (St. Vincents)
7:00 p.m. Mid-Week Service with Holy Communion
THURSDAY: 12:00 noon Devotions with Pastor
FRIDAY: 3:30 p.m. ECDC Graduation in Parker Hall

TODAY SUNDAY SCHOOL This week in Sunday School, we study Servant H
2
Oh!
Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet. Students will learn how God pours out His love for
them by sending Jesus to serve them by saving them from sin, death, and the devil and by
empowering them to serve others in His name. Parents could ask, How could we as a
family serve others?

PASTOR WALTERS CLASS meets each Sunday morning upstairs in Parker Hall. Pastor
Walter is leading a study of the Letter to the Hebrews, and today he continues with
Lesson 7, Chapter 8 of Hebrews.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES for children ages 3 years through 6
th
grade meet in the
lower level of the Family Life Center. JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES
meet in their classrooms downstairs in the church.

WELCOME Randy and Amy Yovanovich and their children Ryan, Garett and Morgan
have transferred to Grace from Trinity Lutheran Church in North Little Rock. Please
welcome the Yovanovichs to our Grace family.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND GODS BLESSINGS TO:
Aug. 10 Pat and Jack Funk
Aug. 13 Ginny and Jeff Ralston
Aug. 14 Lisa and Jeff Hicks
Aug. 15 Rose and Kurt Shrader

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GODS BLESSINGS TO:
Aug. 11 Melanie Stillman Davis
Aug. 12 Janet Killough
Aug. 13 Stephen Nichols, Charles Stein, Paul Walter
Aug. 15 Megan Gipson, Benjamin Hardman, Doris Holzhauer
Aug. 16 Mike Paulson

LAST WEEKS STEWARDSHIP Attendance: Sunday 8/3: 199 (8:15 93 and 10:45
106). Mid-Week Service 8/6: 8. Offerings: Sunday 8/3: $13,133.00. Mid-Week Service
7/30: $40.00. Missions: $125.00. Memorials: $25.00. Building Fund: $670.00.
Scholarship Fund: $175.00.

REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Allen Deislinger is recovering in rehab following some heart issues.
Grant Geuther is recovering at home after being hospitalized at the VA this week.
Bill Wilkins is hospitalized at Baptist Medical Center following a colon procedure.
Dennis Fastenau is receiving treatments for cancer. Pray for successful test results.
Gary Goldsby continues to recover following a heart procedure.
Bill Jones is in rehab at Hickory Heights Nursing and Rehab.
Sammye Sue Harrill is recovering following knee surgery.
Joan Ann Olsen undergoing tests to receive successful diagnosis and treatment.
Rudy Bischof is receiving treatments for cancer. Pray for successful test results.
The Worden family continues recovery after a tornado severely damaged their home.

OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of Brandon Shaw who died suddenly last
Saturday in Indiana. Brandon is the nephew of Gary Proud. Please keep Gary and Angie
and their family in your prayers.

SIT AND SEW will meet on Tuesday, August 12
th
, (note the date change) at 12:00 noon.
Bring your project and join them in the downstairs classroom in the church. They will
also discuss plans for the Fall Craft Show and Used Book Sale. For details call Carole
Nichols, Sammye Sue Harrill or Riley Middaugh.

NOON DEVOTIONS WITH PASTOR is Thursday, August 14
th
, at 12:00 noon in
Parker Hall. Bring your sandwich and join us for Bible study and fellowship. Drinks,
chips, and dessert are provided. We eat first and then Pastor Walter shares a devotional
Bible study with us. Bring a friend and join us this is a wonderful opportunity for
fellowship!!


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BOARD OF ELDERS will meet on Monday, August 11
th
, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor.
Gary Proud is the director. PARISH PLANNING COUNCIL will meet on Monday, August
18
th
, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor. VOTERS MEETING is Monday, August 25
th
, in the
Sanctuary. Randy Middaugh is the executive director.

MEMORIALS
IN MEMORY OF MR. DONNA NICHOLS
TO THE GRACE BUILDING FUND
By Paul Nichols




FALL CRAFT SHOW
AND
USED BOOK SALE

Applications now being accepted
for booth rentals
at the Grace Fall Craft Show


Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 1
st
, 2014 for the Fall Craft Show and Used
Book Sale. We gladly accept donations of used books beginning mid- October. The Fall
Craft Show and Book Sale will benefit the Seminary Food Bank at Concordia, St. Louis
and also Kevin Ray, in his Vicarage year. Matching funds will be donated by Thrivent
Financial. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/gracecraftshow. Contact
Riley Middaugh at 954-9281 or email at ram0220@aol.com for more information.






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LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF


The Women of Grace are collecting supplies to make School Kits for Lutheran World
Relief. To the children who receive School Kits, these supplies mean the difference
between getting an education or not. In the places where LWR works, even a few required
supplies may be more than families can afford. Items needed for each kit include:
Four 70-sheet notebooks of wide-
or college-ruled paper; no loose-leaf paper
One 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with
centimeters on one side and inches on the other
One pencil sharpener
One blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)
Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers; secure together with a rubber band
Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink); secure together with a rubber band
One box of 16 or 24 crayons
One 2 eraser
Backpack

Our goal is 75 School Kits. Items may be brought to the church and placed in the
container marked School Kits.

We are also in need of volunteers to make simple backpacks. A simple pattern is
available and material can be provided if needed.

For any questions, please contact Ginny Ralston at 425-1487. Now is a great time to take
advantage of the various sales. Thank you for your help!