The month of October brings many good things for our church family and beyond. On October 6 we will celebrate World Communion Sunday, joining with Christians all over the globe in a celebration of the meal that brings us together, the Lord’s Supper. We gather among hundreds of languages, break dozens of different kinds of bread, and rejoice that across cultures and traditions we are all part of Christ’s body.
The following Sunday, October 13 is Laity Sunday. We will hear from our Lay Leader, Dale Gehr, reflecting on the love that holds our lives together, that shows us the way we should go. He will be joined by other members of our congregation in leading a warm and meaningful time of worship.
On October 20 we welcome back to the pulpit the Rev. Dr. Martha Rowlett, our Senior Pastor Emeritus. She served as Senior Pastor from 1988-98 and helped our congregation find its footing after a season of uncertainty. She led us in developing a generous mission with children and families and supported the launch of our parish nursing program. Her leadership provided the confidence needed to build a long-awaited and much-needed worship space. That “new” sanctuary celebrates its 25th year as our house of worship this very month. How remarkable that the dedication of our new education facilities should take place in such a significant anniversary year! She will also be with us on Saturday morning at 11:00, sharing a remarkable story of faithfulness and courage from another time and place. That will be followed by a pot-luck lunch in Wesley Hall (see page 6 below for details).
The last Sunday of October is Celebration Sunday, when we look with hope to the coming year in mission and ministry. I am grateful for the love we are able to offer to each other and the world as a result of your giving. Our Mission Budget, on pages 4 & 5 below, offers a glimpse of what we have accomplished this year. May the same spirit of gratitude and generosity be with us as we move into the coming year. We’ll enjoy a delicious brunch after both morning services, as well as tacos and more after 3rd service.
By way of a brief finance update, congregational gifts were about $42,000 below our goal through the month of August. Expenditures were also under budget by about $63,000 for the year, leaving us in good shape overall. Given all that we have been up to this year (and all you’ve put up with!), I can’t help but be grateful for where we are.
Grace and peace,