God gave an amazing promise to some people who were about as down-and-out as they could imagine: “I’m as close to you as your heart.” After years of living selfishly and neglecting God’s law, he promises that they wouldn’t have to look up the rules for good living. God’s covenant would be written on their hearts (Jeremiah 31:27-34).
Join us for worship this Sunday as we dare to believe that God’s covenant is written on our hearts… and that – just maybe – we can listen to what our heartbeats are telling us.
Hope to see you Sunday!
- Pastor Ben
And now for more than a few announcements:
The Fall Retreat (10/25-26) registration deadline has been extended! Get away from it all and get to know God, your church, and yourself a little better. Overnight and Saturday-only options. Turn in your registration form by Sunday!
As a part of our All Saints Sunday (11/3) communion service, we will be remembering loved ones who died in the past year. If there is someone whose name you would like to be remembered, we will have an opportunity to lift them up during the service.
The Stretching Into God’s Vision stewardship campaign has gotten off to a great start. As of today we’ve received 18 pledges totalling $43,348.92. We’re being challenged to increase (stretch) our pledges by 10% this year, and we’re almost halfway to our goal! To help us reach our goal, fill out this form by November 17th. Your pledge will help us increase our capacity to serve Christ’s Kindom in 2020!
And, a quick update from our Session meeting that took place on Sunday:
- Work has started on an Audio/Visual upgrade for the Sanctuary and McKinley Hall. Using the Family Memorial Fund (which was used for the current sound system in the sanctuary), the sound system will be updated in the Sanctuary and, thanks to generous donations from our friends from Movies That Matter, we will update our screen & projector in McKinley Hall and integrate it with a sound system that was previously donated. These improvements will give us more audio flexibility in the sanctuary, and will improve the capacity of McKinley Hall to be used for speakers, concerts, films, etc.
- This year’s Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner will take place on Sunday, November 24th after worship. All are invited to bring their favorite dish, along with any serving utensils. At the recommendation of the Deacons, we will all contribute food (and help clean up) so that all can enjoy.
- Under the leadership of the Worship Team, a Family Worship Area will be created in the sanctuary to allow parents and young children to participate in worship comfortably. Several pews will be removed to open up space for comfortable seating for parents, and kid-friendly activities.
- Under the leadership of the Deacons, we will be giving Christmas gifts for residents of the Hedgewood Home for Adults. A tree will be put up in McKinley Hall with ornaments listing names and gift description. We hope you’ll help us by taking an ornament, purchasing the item (sweat shirts and pants) and blessing someone this Christmas.
And, finally, last Sunday’s sermon: