My Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Happy November! I sincerely hope and pray all is well with you, your wonderful families and all GOD has entrusted to you.
Thank you to all who have helped out our youth group by serving in the pumpkin patch over the last five weeks. If you haven’t noticed lately, those pumpkins have been selling like hot cakes. Looks like this may be a record setting year! Thank you!
I always start getting naturally excited on November 1st because there must be an internal clock which springs to life as we approach my favorite two months of the year. First up this month is this coming Sunday morning long before the sun dawns when we turn our clocks back an hour. Hallelujah! I confess that I never really sleep an extra hour but it sure is great to have that option!
This Sunday, November 4th, is one of the most memorable Sundays of the year when we pause to remember and thank GOD for all those who have gone on before us, all those heroes of the faith we have had the honor to know and love. Come prepared to light candles in their memory with their names and faces on your hearts. This is also the week when we unveil our new lobby in the Beacon Life Center and welcoming practices at our services. Please come and check it out.
Next Monday, November 5th, at 6:30 p.m. is the annual meeting of our Church (Charge) Conference. All church members are invited to attend this meeting with our District
Superintendent Gary Spencer to take a look back at this past year in our church’s life and a longer look forward to our future to live in to God’s mission for us to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Next Tuesday, November 6th, is mid-term Election Day which has been just about all we have heard about now for months and months. I don’t know about you but never in my life have I received the amount of political mail we have received in recent days. At times, our old mailbox has been stuffed full. As we all prepare for this day I invite us to join in prayer at noon each day to pray the Lord’s Prayer in worship, submission and hunger for God’s will to be down, for God’s Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. Wouldn’t that be simply amazing?!
Sunday, November 11th, is when we will mark our celebration of Veteran’s Day by those who have served our country wearing what they can of their uniforms and the rest of us honoring them by singing their service hymns in gratitude for their service.
Sunday, November 18th, is our both Thanksgiving Sunday and Consecration Sunday when we will take time to thank GOD for always being so faithful and generous with us as we pledge ourselves to support our church beyond ourselves, trusting GOD with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. I have been deeply moved hearing the Stewardship Moments and seeing how your faithfulness has been greatly impacting our church, community and world. Thank you! I look forward to joining you on November 18 in worship, love, joy and commitment.
May we all make room in our lives during this hectic month to stop and be aware of all that GOD has given us. Whether it feels like it we are blessed beyond measure. To prove that I challenge you to literally count all the good things GOD has provided for us. We are deeply loved.
In the Amazing Love of Jesus Christ,