|Week of October 30, 2022|
The story of Zaccheus. We’ve heard it over and over. But, as ever, there always seems to be a little something new to get out of this and other Bible stories that we’ve heard so often. For me, this time, it was verse 10: 10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.Oh Praise God for that. He came to seek out and to save the lost. I often feel lost, particularly when life gets so very busy and that makes me so very crabby when I’m overwhelmed. But even so, he’s come to seek out me as well. He is actively looking for my return. And I am grateful.
To hear Pastor Brad’s message on this, please click here. It will take you to the YouTube post of yesterday’s worship.
It was wonderful to have our district superintendent, Rev. LuAnn Rourke, worshipping with us yesterday and then leading the devotions and annual church conferences for a total of 12 churches yesterday afternoon. We had over 80 guests worshipping and dealing with the business of their local congregations here in our building. So many helped this go smoothly, from the preparation for and debut of the Coffee Bar to the set-up and tear down of the rooms, to the greeters guiding people to where they needed to be, to Linda Plumb providing the organ music for the worship. Everyone on the leadership team pitched in to see this through as well as attend our own conference, with time to head uptown and check on the youth that were passing out candy and representing us at the Halloween festivities in town.
Please extend a warm thanks and congratulations to Diana Brown for becoming a certified lay servant on Saturday, just in time to be approved by our church conference on Sunday.
It was a wonderful afternoon and I’m grateful I was there for it. Please say a quick prayer of praise and blessing for all who participated yesterday.
Have a blessed week! — JB+
All Saint’s Sunday will be Sunday — Please let us know of your loved one who went on to their heavenly home since All Saint’s Sunday last year. Messages may be left at the church by phone or email. Thank you for reaching out to help us honor the memory of your loved one.
Mark Your Calendars! The Swiss Steak Dinner will be held Saturday, November 12. We’ll be serving from 4 pm to 7 pm, drive through only. Sign up sheets are in the fellowship hall showing ways you can help! Thanks in advance!
Youth Group Fundraiser – The youth group is going to continue to collect bottles and cans to raise funds with a goal of giving back to our shut-ins with holiday baskets. The donation bin is located outside of the youth room in the fellowship hall. We would greatly appreciate your donation. Thank you!
Special Grief Share Program — Grieving? Know someone who is? When you are grieving a loved one’s death, the holiday season can be especially painful. Our Surviving the Holidays seminar helps participants discover how to deal with emotions, what to do about traditions, helpful tips for surviving social events, how to find hope for the future. Please join us for this encouraging seminar. It will be held at our church on two different days and times to accommodate your schedule–Nov 9 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and Nov 13 from 2 – 4 pm.
Advent Book Study Part 1 — Aimee Luck will be leading an Advent book study on Who Needs Christmas by Andy Stanley. It will go for 4 weeks, beginning November 27 at 9 am. Please RSVP with Aimee so we can have a book ready for you!
Advent Book Study Part 2 — Pastor Brad is also going to be leading a study on Who Needs Christmas, but at a different day and time. When would be best for you? Please be thinking of a day and time (daytime or evening) that would work for you! Sign-up sheets will be available in the fellowship hall to let him know your thoughts.
Calendar of Events
Tuesday Nov 1 – 10 am Prayer Group
Wednesday Nov 2 – 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm Grief Share
4 pm Caring and Sharing (Dundee)
Thursday Nov 3 – 4 pm Caring and Sharing (London Twp)
Sunday Nov 6 — 9:15 am Sunday School
10:30 am Morning Worship and All Saints Day celebration
Nov. 8 – Rise Up Music Ministry practice
Nov. 9 – Surviving the Holidays Grief Share Program
Nov. 10 – UWiF Meeting
Nov. 12 – Swiss Steak Dinner
Nov. 13 – Surviving the Holidays Grief Share Program
Nov. 15 – Rise Up Music Ministry practice
Nov. 16 – Leadership Team Meeting
Nov. 20 – 3rd Sunday Potluck after Morning Worship
Nov. 20 – Interfaith Thanksgiving Service hosted here
Nov. 21 – Thanksgiving food distribution (London Twp)
Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving food distribution (Dundee)
Nov. 27 – Hanging of the Greens