Hi All –
Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend! I know there’s a lot going on in everybody’s lives in the next few days, so let’s get right at it:
- Tomorrow night, we’ll have a fun Family Fall Fest at the church. It will take place in Weldin Hall at 6:30 p.m. and feature crafts, music, and fun! Families will make their own scarecrow and candy apples, and don’t forget to have the kids wear their costumes, because trick or treating at the Fall Fest will take place at 7:30 p.m. Need more information or have questions? Email Katie at email@example.com.
- Also on Saturday night, our youth will be attending “Truth or Terror” at a church in Pennsylvania. Sandy asks that all youth be at the church in time for a 6 p.m. departure. They should also bring money for a snack, and those who wish to spend the night at our church afterwards should bring their sleeping bag, toiletries, and a pillow. On Sunday afternoon, the youth will be going to Camp Pecometh for the Hayride and Bonfire. Those youth taking part should be at the church for a 4:15 p.m. departure. Questions? Text Sandy at 443-309-0160.
- On Sunday morning, I’ll conclude my “Centered Living in an Off-Centered World” sermon series with “How I Make Decisions.” I thought it would be a timely topic considering this week is Stewardship Pledge Sunday and soon, everyone will be casting votes for leadership in our country, state and county. In the sermon, I’ll walk us through the way our founder John Wesley made decisions.
- As I said above, Sunday is Stewardship Pledge Sunday, and I hope you have been in prayer this week about your financial pledge to Christ through our church for 2017. By now, you should have gotten your pledge card in the mail, so please fill it out and bring it with you to worship on Sunday, where you’ll have the opportunity to place it before God at the chancel rail. If you didn’t get a pledge card, please see one of the ushers on Sunday morning – they’ll have extra pledge cards on hand.
- Not too many days from now, we’ll be enjoying our annual Spaghetti Dinner (Saturday, November 5th from 4-7 p.m.). You can buy tickets for the dinner this Sunday morning in the Hospitality Area, and we’re still looking for people to provide baked goods for the bake sale, so if you can help, please do!
- This is the final call for names to be listed on an insert in the bulletin for All Saints’ Sunday (November 6th). If you have lost someone you love this year, and would like their name listed on that insert, please email me your name, their name, and your relationship to them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Finally, starting this Sunday and running through December, you’ll see an “Opportunities for Giving” insert in the bulletin. I’ve done this for the past several years and it’s been very helpful. It lists all the giving opportunities from all areas of the church through the end of the year. The reason I put it together is to let you know the vast scope of the outreach in which you can participate, and to help you make a decision on which ones you can do. There are far too many opportunities to do every one, and we don’t expect anyone to do that, so read through the list, and ask God to guide and direct you about which ones in which you’ll take part.
I think that’s it for now. As you can see, there’s a lot going on, and it’s all great! We’re
getting ready to head into a couple of pretty exciting months, with multiple opportunities for
worship, fellowship and outreach. I’m so looking forward to it!
Have a great Friday, and an even better weekend! Take some time out for rest and relaxation, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning!
Grace and Peace,