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Saints of the Week, - Oct. 4- Oct. 11, 2015
|Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1226|
|William Tyndale [and Miles Coverdale], Translators of the Bible, 1536, 1568|
|[Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, Lutheran Pastor in North America, 1787]|
|[William Dwight Porter Bliss, Priest, 1926, and Richard Theodore Ely, Economist, 1943]|
|[Wilfred Thomason Grenfell, Medical Missionary, 1940]|
|Vida Dutton Scudder, Educator and Witness for Peace, 1954|
|Philip, Deacon and Evangelist|
Feast of St. Francis, October 4 2015 (full size gallery)
October 7 - 10am, Ecumenical Bible Study
October 7 - 5pm, Village Dinner
October 9 - 7:30am, ECM at Horne's
October 11 - 10am, Godly Play (preschool through second grade)
October 11 - 10am, "Weaving God's Promises" is cancelled for today
October 11 - 11am, Morning Prayer, Rite II
Early Fall, Oct. 4, 2015
Fall is a wonderful time to pause and look at nature all around you. You have to take the time and not think of the minutes. The time before church is my time to let nature envelop me, especially with all the rain creating effects on fallen leaves, on the graves and on the river. Take a look at what I saw...
Stewardship, 2015 - "God the Giver"
Here is our stewardship letter
Photo Gallery - See how our community is supported by Stewardship
Each of us must grab hold of the exhilarating truth that all we are and all we have are gifts from God. Archbishop Desmond Tutu write, “This is a God who intervenes on our behalf, not because we deserve it, but because God’s love is freely given. It is grace. It is not earned; it cannot be earned. It does not need to be earned.” God is the Giver, the ultimate lover of all God has created.
We give back as we are given by God
Sunday, October 4 was the distribution of 2016 pledge cards. A better word is commitment card.
- Commit to help us reduce hunger in this area, through the Village Harvest Distribution
- Commit to us to bring hope to Peumansend jail
- Commit to help us bring comfort to those suffering in sickness or loneliness,
- Commit to help us in Christian education and encourage fellowship.
- Commit so we can make a difference.
God calls us to share in God’s mission of caring for the world, using all the gifts God has given us. Over 80% of the funds used to support and plan for ministry in a year come from pledges.
Make your pledge for 2016
Got Questions ?
Is my stewardship defined only by the money I give to the church?
Why should I pledge ?
How much should I give ?
See our Stewardship FAQ
Pledge cards are due October 18
Lectionary, Oct. 11, 2015
I. Theme - Working for Justice may cause us to change our lives and lifestyle
"Rich Young Ruler"
"He said to him, 'Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.' Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, 'You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.' When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions." – Mark 10:20-22
The lectionary readings are here or individually:
Today’s readings encourage us to work for justice, to release our attachment to things and to trust Jesus to form us into a people of compassion. Amos decries Israel’s unjust treatment of the poor and oppressed. Trusting in God’s justice, Job wants God to hear his case in person. The author of Hebrews points out that only through Jesus will any of this be fully accomplished—as our apostle and high priest, he builds us into “God’s house.” In today’s gospel, Jesus advises a wealthy man who seeks God to obey God’s commandments and to detach from his possessions and focus fully on God. With God all things are possible!
Being faithful to God calls us to live into God’s ways of justice. We need to love our neighbor as ourselves—it is the commandment Jesus gives us—and we cannot love our neighbor without seeing to their needs. And it is hard for us to see to their needs when we are too busy caring for our stuff, worrying about our material wants, rather than seeing the needs of others. This is a difficult lesson for us, and I’m not sure I’ll ever fully be able to let go of all the things I have. But I know that faith is a lifelong journey, and I don’t have to accomplish it all now. Before God, all our sins are exposed, but before God, all things are possible, all forgiveness is given, and all things are made new