This week we not only participated in Halloween but we also celebrated All-Saints Day. The original title of All-Saints Day was “All Hallows Day” with ‘hallow’ meaning holy or saint. The real reason October 31 is “Hallow-e’en” is because it was the “e’en” before All-Hallows Day similar to Christmas-e’en (eve) being the night before Christmas. In ancient times, October 31 was believed to be the day during the calendar year when the veil between this world and the next world was most thin. Because of that it was believed the spirits of the dearly departed could escape for a brief period and walk around their old neighborhoods, visiting or terrifying family, friends, and enemies.
It is always of interest to me how humanity gravitates toward the cultural custom and away from the spiritual focus. It is easy as a culture to replace the birth of Jesus with Ol’ Saint Nick, Christmas trees and lots of presents. It is easy as a culture to replace the resurrection of Jesus for easter eggs and easter parades. It is easy as a culture to forget about God’s people who have preceded us, passed along the faith to us and prayed for us, for the ghosts and goblins of the nether world.
As Terri and I walked the Camino in September, we saw two types of directional signs.
Signs, like the one I’m in front of, were professionally done and set all along the way. The bronze plaque across the bottom listed the number of kilometers from that spot to our ultimate destination. We took a picture of this one because we had reached the under 10 km, 6 miles, to Santiago de Compostela, our destination. The one with the yellow arrow on a moss-covered rock would certainly not last very long, but it indicated that a fellow pilgrim had recently preceded us and let us know we were headed in the right direction. Both signs were very helpful. There were more moss-covered types than the ones etched in stone.
All-Saints Day celebrates the ‘Moss-Covered’ signpost people in our lives. They have walked the road in front of us. They have shared their faith stories and their faith journey. We have seen how God has worked in them and through them. They have also shared their mistakes, their need for forgiveness, their journey back to the path of following Jesus. Without these signs we would have spent many miles wondering if we were truly on the right path. Because of them we had greater comfort and confidence.
The stone obelisks served an “official” purpose. We were grateful for those who had put forth the money to manufacture them and the effort to accurately measure the distance from the destination to the location where they were placed. The scriptures, studied and shared and the beliefs developed from them are the etched in stone official signposts along life’s way. There is solidity in those sign- posts. The moss-covered rocks are the verified personal experiences of those who have lived that journey and shared it with me/us. There is community in these signposts. Together those signposts give me the direction I need and provide for me the company I cherish as I walk with All God’s Saints on this journey through life.
Thanks be to God.
News & Events
Sunday, November 5th:
9:00 a.m. Bible Study in the Chapel, Acts 20
Monday, November 6th:
5:30 p.m. Handbell Practice
7:00 p.m. Choir Practice
Tuesday, November 7th:
7:00 a.m. Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast
Wednesday, November 8th:
10:00 a.m. L.A.M.B.S. will meet in Fellowship Hall
Thursday, November 9th:
10:00 a.m. Bible Babes will meet in Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, November 19th:
Harvest Dinner following worship service. See below for details.
Check out the Events Calendar for more upcoming events.
Pastor Fund Campaign
Thank you to all who have contributed to raising money for our Pastor Fund Campaign. We needed $50,000 by October 31 and by October 29 we had $53,350! Such a blessing. With the matching funds that puts us at $106,700. Please keep this campaign in your prayers and heart, we are 1/3 of the way to our goal of $300,000 by September 2024. If you want to give or know of anyone that would like to give you can donate easily via our online link here.
PW will meet in Fellowship Hall Tuesday, November 14th at 1:00 p.m. Marlene Barmes will present the program on the Thank Offering. Also, please note the Christmas Party wil be on Tuesday, December 12th at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We hope you can all attend. If you have questions or need transportation, please call Susan Tate
CALLING ALL PARENTS!
Lisa Nelson and I wanted to pull together a group of parents to discuss middle schoolers life in the church. We need everyone’s thoughts to start creating a program for our kids as they get older. Come armed with feedback, outside of the box thinking and high-level goals for what you’d like for your kids. I know we all have so much going on, but we are a small church and it takes all of us to move this in the right direction.Date: November 5th Time: Immediately Following worship service, 11:15 A.M. Location: Sunday School Classroom
The Fellowship Committee will be hosting a Harvest Dinner immediately following our church service Sunday, November 19th in Fellowship Hall. Your committee is providing an entree of turkey and smoked ham and is asking the congregation to bring side dishes such as dressing, gravy, bean casseroles, sweet potatoes, potato salads, etc. to compliment a Thanksgiving dinner with desserts. Please come with an appetite and let’s celebrate what we all should be thankful for.
WE NEED YOU!
Sunday School assistants are needed for our 9:00 a.m. middle school class. Jim Ramlow leads the class. All you have to do is sit in and help out where needed. If you’re looking for a way to ease in to being involved in the life of our church this is it! Join Jim and the middle school class as they work their way through C.S Lewis’ book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, along with the gospel of Mark.
Prayers for the Life of My Church
Over the next several weeks our congregation will be receiving a prayer during worship service with the idea that we will all be praying for the same thing on the same day. This Sunday you will be given our first prayer with a ring attached. As we work our way through the next several weeks, we will be adding prayers to our rings. If you would like the prayers via email or snail mail, please contact the church office.