Dear Friends in Christ,
This month, people seem to want to prepare. Just the other day, my brother and I hauled and stacked firewood … in preparation for the cold days of winter ahead.
Gardens are mostly harvested now, and many are preparing garden beds for the long winter of their resting.
Children and adults returning to school also prepare for the tasks of homework and assignments … preparing study areas and desks with the necessary tools for their work.
With October, comes many changes … schedules change the routines of our lives … we pull out our warm clothes to protect us from the cold temperatures. For some, it means making the choice of filling the propane or fuel tank … or stocking up our food pantry. Children have outgrown clothes from last year, including boots, jackets, and school clothes. Money can become stretched, sometimes beyond the limits. It is at this time of the year when our resources can be shared with those who struggle. Please consider donating to the Food Pantry and/or Clothes Closet soon. Jesus encourages us, the writer of the Gospel of Matthew says …
'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; "for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, "I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.'
What I have noticed, as I notice most years, is that our children are growing up. Come December, I will begin my 8th year as your pastor. Some of the children we see in church weren’t hardly born yet when I began here. My confirmation class this year includes children who were just toddlers when I came. Now, I listen to their thoughts and conversations, realizing that they have grown up. There are eight of them. Amazing! We are learning (again) stories of the Old Testament, which we will finish up before Christmas. You will also see them in worship on the first Sunday of each month, as they are reading the lessons and assisting with serving Holy Communion.
Our ladies have been busy planning for the Fall Festival and for the huge project of remodeling our church kitchen. Many are preparing baskets for the Silent Auction and I am encouraging everyone to be creative and bold when preparing them. The menu this year is new … roast beef dinner … with pumpkin pie bars for dessert! Yummy!
The renovation of the kitchen won’t begin until after Christmas, but we are all anticipating the fresh, new look and better accommodation. Thank you to those who are involved with this project. I know that many decisions must be made and that is not always easy.
Well, that’s all … enjoy the preparations for the winter … hunker down and keep warm!
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