It is All Saints Day as I write this- the day we set aside to remember all the saints living, and all the saints who have gone before us. It's what Halloween (Hallowed Evening) is all about- a reminder that as powerful as the forces of darkness often seem, they cannot defeat those who are in Christ! I know people get "spooked" about Halloween, but it really, it's a victory shout for the power of Love.
Halloween is also when kids- and brave adults- get to be someone they are not. Maybe it's someone they want to be. Or maybe it's somebody scary- a good way to deal with fears. But it poses the question: who are we, really? Who do we wish we were? Are we becoming the people God intended us to become? Are you? Am I?
One of the messages God keeps sending me in various ways is, "Be who I made you to be."
I think that is a message for all of us. And when we are in Him, and when we are being true to the "me" we were meant to be, that's when we become the saints God intended. And one day, we will join that "great cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 11) that is cheering us on right now, and every single day.
It's fun to pretend every once in a while that we are somebody else. And it's even better to be fully who God created us to be!
Looking forward to sharing November with you all
PS How is everyone doing on that whole "not grumbling" thing. Keep it up! Let's be ridiculously thankful people, and watch what happens!
Saturday November 1 - Men's Book Study - 8:30 am - Dandy Donuts on Riverside. Meets every Saturday.
- SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR TONIGHT!!!
Sunday November 2 - Adult Bible Study - 9:15 am - Church Basement - Studying the book of John
- Worship Service with Communion - 10:30 am - Hill family providing the worship music today.
Friday November 7 - Movie Night - 6 PM - Church Basement - Invite neighbors and friends to come for pizza and watch Dolphin Tale.
Sunday November 9 - Adult Bible Study - 9:15 am - Church Basement
- Worship Service - 10:15 am - Tim Murphy is bringing the message today! Don't miss it!
- Meeting for those who furnish Sunday morning refreshments - 11:45 am - Church Basement
Thursday November 13 - Church Board Meeting - 7 PM - Church Fellowship Room.
Sunday November 16 - Adult Bible Study - 9:15 am - Church Basement
- Worship Service - 10:30 am
- Volunteers needed after church to distribute grocery bags around the village for our food drive.
Thursday November 20 - Serving Community Dinner at Poplar Grove Church - Talk to Sandy Free if interested in helping or coming.
Friday November 21 - Drop off bake goods for bake sale - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Church Fellowship Room
Saturday November 22 - Bake Sale and Food Drive - 9:00 am - 2 PM - More information below.
- Church will be open by 8 am to accept more donations for bake sale.
Sunday November 23 - Adult Bible Study - 9:15 am - Church Basement
- Worship Service - 10:30 am - Our focus today will be on Thanksgiving.
Thursday November 27 - Thanksgiving Day - Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King!
Sunday November 30 - Adult Bible Study - 9:15 am - Church Basement
- Worship Service - 10:30 am - First Sunday in Advent
Sundays - Adult Bible Study - 9:15 am - Church Basement - Studying the book of John. Talk to Becky Brauer if interested.
Wednesdays - Potluck and Bible Study - 6 PM - Barrick's Home - Studying the book of Acts - Talk to Steve if interested.
Saturdays - Men's Book Study - 8:30 am - Dandy Donuts on Riverside. Talk to Cam Staman if interested.
Greeters - Please take a turn and greet people as they come to church on Sunday mornings. Sign up in fellowship room.
Refreshments - Please take a turn and furnish some simple refreshments for our fellowship hour on Sunday mornings.
Community Dinners - It is our church's responsibility to serve the food at this dinner once a month. Talk to Sandy Free of interested.
Blue Barrel - In addition to food , the pantry is in need of bath towels. They can be new or gently used. Please fill the barrel!
Pregnancy Care Center - We are collecting baby items for this organization. Tiffany is the director. They are in need of
diapers, toiletries, baby clothing, onesies, fitted crib sheets, baby equipment, infant care items, and more. See full list at church.
Bake Sale and Food Drive - Donations of bake goods would be appreciated for the sale on November 22. Lots of volunteers needed. Please talk to Judy Finch if interested. Look for flyers at church
for more information . Also there are flyers to use as signs to advertise.
Dish Cloths - For sale in the fellowship room. $1.75 each or 3/$5.00. Leave money in the envelope or pay Nathalie Lyford.
Cookbooks - Down to the final few left. Don't be caught wishing you had 1 more! $5.00 now.
Book Exchange - Share books and magazines for others to enjoys. Basement window sill.