‘Tis the season to be thankful…
… and I am. I’m thankful for the PLR retreat David and I will be attending in Aurora next week; I’m thankful that we can spend some time in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law the weekend after that; and I’m thankful to have two wonderful guest speakers lined up to provide pulpit supply during my absence – Roxanne Converse-Whiting and Matt Williams. I hope you will come and hear what they have to say. I assure you; you won't be disappointed.
Because of my travel schedule, the Session has rescheduled communion for November 29th, and that will be commitment Sunday for our 2024 pledges, as well. Oh, and as if that's not enough for a full Sunday morning, we are also going to decorate the church for Advent and Christmas that day. This year, however, we are going to do it right after church. Well, first we're going to eat pizza for lunch; then we're going to decorate. It will be a full but fun morning, and I hope you can join us.
On November 23rd, we will celebrate our national holiday of Thanksgiving; and as usual, the church office will be closed for the holiday.
As you can tell, November is going to be a busy month, but I am never too busy for you to reach. In fact, you might even hear from me. Would you be willing to be a reader and Advent candle lighter during worship one Sunday in December or on Christmas Eve? If so, please let me know. I’m already looking ahead to those services, and it will help me to know if you would like to participate in them.
The other service I want to give you a heads-up on is November 5th, which is the day we are going to observe All Saints’ Day in worship. We will remember those saints who have died in the past year and record their names on our special saint's tablecloth. We will then keep the cloth on the table for the rest of the month, and when we celebrate communion on the 26th, it will serve as a visual reminder that they continue to be with us in spirit.
In a world where many people go without the things we too often take for granted, I continue to be thankful for my faith, my family, my friends, and my health; and I continue to be thankful for all of you. Being your pastor is a blessing, and I thank God every day for calling me to you. Have a great month.