COUNCIL RETREAT: St. Paul Congregation Council will be having our bi-annual leadership retreat on Saturday, November 3, beginning at 9:00 am in the Parlor. Each Council member is asked to bring one idea for improving our church, making our focus positive and hopefully productive. Plan to spend the morning at our retreat.
ALL SAINTS BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE: Each year at All Saints, we remember those members of our congregation who have died over the past year. We have also made it a practice to inscribe their names in a Book of Remembrance. Our Book of Remembrance is fashioned after the words of the prophet Malachi (chapter 3, verse 16): “Then those who revered the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord took note and listened, and a Book of Remembrance was written before Him of those who revered the Lord and thought on His name.” Before worship begins, all worshippers are invited to write in our book the names of family members, friends, neighbors, and loved ones who have passed since All Saints Day last year, from November 5, 2017, to TODAY, November 4, 2018. Our Book of Remembrance will be made available at worship each Sunday from November 4 through 18, 2018, on a table before the altar. Each Sunday, names written that week will be read.
INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING WORSHIP SERVICE: How will you celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Most probably you will gather with family members and friends around a turkey dinner. Most likely there will be a prayer recognizing God as the source of all blessings, and thanks for a generous number of people or things in your life. This Thanksgiving, I challenge you to also make a worship service the center of your Thanksgiving. We will celebrate 67 years of community Interfaith Thanksgiving on the evening of Tuesday, November 20, at 7:30 pm to be hosted by Central Christian Church. Lots has come and gone in 67 years, and most notably our congregations have changed. Our community has still valued the gathering of neighbors who revere the Lord and offer him praise. When I came to St. Paul, I was given the mandate to continue the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, and we have kept it alive. PLEASE make this Interfaith Community Thanksgiving service a part of your Thanksgiving week festivity. It is definitely worth the investment of your time to welcome our neighbors and celebrate with them.
CELEBRATE GRAND-FAMILIES: “Celebrate Grand-families” is a new support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren. St. Paul is reaching out to support these families with Christian compassion and a place to meet and discuss their needs. We are starting with the group with five families from the community, and more are welcome, if you know of anyone who would fit in. While the women meet, we will have crafts, games, bible stories, snacks, help with homework, tutoring, and a fun social time for children. Church members are needed to help with the children. Sessions in November will be on Saturdays, November 10 and 24, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Please contact Brenda Ceplecci or Pastor Perkins to help.
FROM PASTOR LANG COLLINS: One more goodbye moment. I have fully enjoyed these months of being among you for Sunday worship and weekday ministry. I have been welcomed into your homes and your hearts. Thank you so much. My prayers will continue for many of you who are slowly healing from illness and the sadness of funerals. You all have a good spirit for service in the community. You have a warm fellowship with each other. You are blessed with good leadership in your Council and Pastor. God bless you in the years ahead.