Friends- A lot of folks don't like November for some pretty good reasons.
NO warmth- the pleasant days of fall are passed. NO color- by the end of the month, everything is pretty much gray and brown. NO winter- it's an in-between month- too late for color, too early for the freshness and fun of snow. So a lot of people say NO to November!
I get it. November is probably no one's favorite month unless it is your birthday month, or unless you remember what is tucked away near the end of the month. Of course, I mean Thanksgiving. But by "remember", I don't just mean looking forward to a day for stuffing ourselves, seeing family, watching parades and football, and starting our Christmas shopping. I mean it in the larger sense- as in, we need to remember to be thankful every day. For every day God brings blessings and hope to those who seek him. And in fact, looking for blessings on days that seem sort of blah, helps us to be tuned in to God's presence and grace at all times.
It may be NOvember, but God’s word and his promises are always YES! to those who are his. "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ." (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Seek him, find him, rejoice! Even in November!
Have a great month! Gary
November Calendar Saturdays - 11/6 - Daylight Savings Time ends! Set your clock back 1 hour tonight! An extra hour to sleep!
Sundays - Every Sunday - Worship Service - 10:30 am at the church and via Zoom. 11/7 - Communion Sunday 11/21 - Thanksgiving Worship Service - Decorate the church for Advent/Christmas after the worship service. 11/28 - First Sunday in Advent
Tuesdays - 11/9 - Church Board Board Meeting via Zoom 7 PM
Wednesdays - Every Wednesday - Bible Study via Zoom - NEW TIME - 7:30 PM
Contact Gary for Zoom links: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other News- Communion - Communion Sunday is November 7. The communion elements will be provided. If you are coming via Zoom, please have your own ready if you wish to participate.
Decorating the Church - Plan on staying after church on November 21 to decorate the church for Advent and Christmas. Advent starts the following Sunday. This is a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus.
Chili Cook-off - Thanks to all who came to our Second Annual Chili Cook-Off. It was a great night! Angela Green is our champion this year. Thanks to Mark Gray, Nikki Maurice, Mike McGinnis, and Ryland and Olivia Green for also bringing their delicious chili. Thanks to Nikki for providing a beautiful apron for the winner!
Bench - Check out the new bench in front of the church. It is a memorial to Margaret and Lyle Lamont. Thanks to the trustees for their work in purchasing and installing it.
Sympathies - We wish to extend our sympathies to Florence Fritsch on the death of her brother-in-law and to Leslie Quiggle on the death of her dad. Peace and comfort for all the families during these times.
Friends of the Children - Stop by the bulletin board and read the nice thank you for the money we sent to Friends of the Children. They were able to use it for earthquake relief.
Looking Ahead - Congregational Meeting - A short congregational meeting is always held on the first or second Sunday in December to make decisions on Gary's salary. Please plan on staying immediately after the service. The specific date will be announced after the November Board meeting.