By Brother Rudy
A Month of Special Experiences
This month offers us many special opportunities for worship, discipleship, and service. On the first Sunday of November, we will celebrate All Saints Sunday. During the 11:00 service, we will remember the Saints from this church who have entered the Communion of Saints in Glory. A candle will be lit in their memory and a bell rung. You will find a list of the Saints in this newsletter.
Our Acts 29 Prayer Encounter with Dr. Terry Teykl will be November 5 and 6. I am excited about what God is going to do in our lives and church through this special focus on prayer. We will not have our evening service on November 5. Instead, we will go to St. James UMC for two sessions with Dr. Teykl. If you would like to ride the van, please let the office know.
November 11 is Veterans Day. It is an important time to give thanks to those who have served in our nation’s military and pray for those who are presently serving. On Sunday, November 12, there will be a time in our morning service to honor our veterans and to pray for those who are serving.
Thanksgiving Sunday is November 19. This is also our Commitment Service for our 2018 Ministries. I believe it is appropriate that we make our commitments on Thanksgiving Sunday. Throughout the scriptures, we find God’s people giving thanks to God through a “Thank Offering.” Our Commitment Cards will be our Thank Offering.
Our Community Thanksgiving Service will be Sunday evening, November 19, at First Presbyterian Church. Let’s join with our brothers and sisters in this special service of Thanksgiving. God is certainly worthy of our praise and worship.
The last Sunday in November is Christ the King Sunday. Often, the last Sunday begins Advent, so Christ the King Sunday falls on Thanksgiving Sunday. But this year, it stands alone. It is a day to focus on Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
What a month of opportunities to worship, grow, and serve. I know there are a lot of other events that will al-so bid for our time during November. I encourage you not to allow the many activities of November keep you from experiencing what God wants to do in your life during this month.