Our worship on Veterans' Day weekend will include thanksgiving for all those who have served their country through service in the military. Come join us on Sunday November 10th at 10 AM. The choir is preparing special music for the occasion and Gospel solist Nichol Eskridge will share her talents with us. Bring a veteran that you love and join us for our service of thanksgiving.
It’s the season of raking leaves, bundling up in our warmest clothes, and making preparations to celebrate a Thanksgiving feast. I always love November.
November also brings talk of stewardship – of using our resources in a responsible way that brings glory to God. That is because this is the time of year when the Session needs to build a budget for the coming year. We, like many organizations who depend on donations, are well aware of the lack of certainty when it comes to future giving. So, we do ask for a pledge, or a good-faith estimate, of how you plan on supporting the church financially for the coming year. In addition to financial giving, many of our members give generously of their time – also a benefit to us as we strive for a balanced budget. The financial pledges go directly to our administrative assistant, Kim, who gives the session the totals and a comparison with previous year’s giving for those same givers. No names are shared with the session.
This year the session has chosen the theme of “Gratitude” for our stewardship season. On the first three Sundays of November, you will hear session members share the reasons they are grateful to God for the ministry and life of this congregation, and therefore willing to support it though their gifts of time, talent, and treasure. I’m looking forward to hearing the story of how God is bringing gratitude into the lives of those around me.
But the number one reason I love November is that there is usually room to breathe in November. There is time to appreciate friends and family, or to go for a walk on a cool, crisp, sunny day. I rejoice in the colors on the trees, and the words of Psalm 96 come to mind,
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12 let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy….
When I see the maples with leaves of green, gold, and red, it feels like they are showing their praise to God – praise that this has been a good year. And though they will appear to die over the winter, the spring will find them budding with new life.
May your November be filled with joy. May you join the trees of the forest in singing praise to God. And may you always know that our God is a God of new life. Even when the branches are bare, there is a promise of spring and the new life God brings.
The Women’s Association will meet for lunch at noon on Wednesday, November 13th at the Pancake Haus in Edmonds. The Pancake Haus is on 5th Avenue, a little south of downtown Edmonds. This is an enjoyable time to visit and enjoy being together while eating a good lunch.
The Women’s Association, along with the church, will sponsor a family through YWCA-Pathways for Christmas. We will have a family with a mother and two children. More information about the family will be announced later.
The women will have a Bake Sale after church on December 8th. All proceeds of the sale will go to support our mission projects. Any one who would like to bring something for the sale is invited to do so.
You are invited to join us for an hour of prayer once a month on the third Thursday at 10 AM. This month, that date is November 21st. Last month we prayed together using the daily prayers from the Iona community, adding our own thanksgivings and intercessions. This month will be a similar format. Please speak with Linda Reynolds, Jean Goodman, or Pastor Amy if you have any questions.
We will have the opportunity to contribute to the Christmas Joy Offering in December. Money from this offering is used to help retired church workers with critical housing needs, help church workers with urgent financial and medical needs, provide scholarships at Presbyterian-related schools and help equip people of color to be leaders for ministry. We will have readers in December to give us more information about this offering.
The church will work with the Women’s Association to support a family from YWCA-Pathways for Christmas. We should have information about our family around the middle of November.
The winter season is hard on homeless people. Some of our mission money goes to make life a little easier for people facing homelessness. The Everett Gospel Mission, The Salvation Army, Nightwatch, and Vision House are all involved in providing shelter and other needs for people who desperately need help. Habitat for Humanity, Snohomish County helps people who could not become home owners through the normal Real Estate Market. Each family helped puts 500 hours of work into building their new home.
Join us after worship on November 3, 10, and 24 for more lessons from Dr. Amy-Jill Levine on the parables of Jesus. Dr. Levine brings a unique perspective as a Jewish professor of the New Testament at a Christian Seminary. Each session is a different parable, so feel free to join us when your schedule allows.
We will miss Ellen H so very much, and especially when it comes to her funny jokes and her willingness to keep track of our church email lists. You have probably received an email from us asking which email lists you would like to be on for the church. We have three: 1) prayer requests, 2) news of the church – this is for the local news, such as reminders about potlucks and 3) emailing the Caller newsletter. You may call/email Kim in the office with your preference, or click on the “update your preferences” link at the bottom of your emails from us.
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