Vision and Mission 2016
October 27, 2016
As we celebrate Reformation Sunday and our annual Harvest Festival @ 2 PM this Sunday, my anxiety rises as the national election draws near. This sermon will be good for us to gain "to get perspective" on everything. That's what our country needs--"to get perspective". We'll look at two passages: one from Paul's closing remarks in his Galatians letter and the other from Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Each of them call on people to step back in order "to get perspective." I trust the reflections we come up with will be helpful for us in these difficult times in politics.
I am happy to be back from California for the holidays with all of you. Please check our worship schedule under the Resources tab and Upcoming Events link. You'll see some new ways we are going to celebrate Advent, including a combined services @ 10 AM on Thanksgiving weekend November 27th, a shared one service of music from traditional and contemporary Worship Teams ("Festival of Lessons and Carols Dec13 Dec , followed on the next Sunday Dec 18 by a single morning "Children's Songfest." Christmas Day -the 25th-- and New Years Day --the 1st- will also involve only one 10AM worship.
But for now, as we begin heading for the voting booth, let's take a moment to put things in perspective. Blessings on all of you! See you Sunday. Pastor Larry
Worship This Sunday
8:50 Prelude; 8:55 Announcements
Sunday school is offered during both services
Putting Things in Perspective
(The Only Thing to Brag About When You Die)
Luke 12:1-7; Galatians 6:11-18
- October 30th, Sunday, 2PM Harvest Festival, Upper Room, CE Bldg. (today)
- October 30th, Also today ~ 7 – 9pm Youth Group Halloween Party, Youth Room
- November 3rd, 10AM, Emerald Heights, Pastor Grounds study series on “Truth, Goodness & Beauty”
- November 5th, Saturday PM Daylight Savings Time ends. “Fall Back” one hour on your clocks.
- November 8th, VOTE! And Session meets @ 7pm in room 26 CE Building
- November 13th, Advent Devotionals due (deadline extended)
- November 20th, Alternative Gift Market between services
- Save the date, Dec. 13th Annual Christmas Luncheon @ Emerald Heights
We might have a reenactment of the loaves and fishes this Sunday afternoon as Pastor Larry multiples two turkeys, one Waldorf salad and two pies to feed 50 – 60 persons! So I am making a one-time offer, if you call the office (425)885-2811 before Friday @ 2:30 and tell me what you are going to bring, I will run over to the bulletin board and write that information down. Also, remember to bring coins for the kids in costume trick-o-treating for UNICEF. The Harvest Festival is @ 2pm this year which guarantees you will be home before dark!
Though the workers were few, the results were great! Thanks to Karin Treadwell, Navin Singh, Bob & Betty Koenig, Dan & Johanna Birmingham, Julia Steeples aka. “John Wayne”, Bonnie Foti, Allison Butcher & KJ, Bill Bastine, Paul Stolarczuk, and about 20 Boy Scouts, who spent the only decent Saturday in October (and we had 5 of them) cleaning the church campus and buildings. Cindy Pearson has claimed the “Ciscoe Morris” award for her weekly cleaning and planting around the church and courtyard. Joe Zimmerman wins the “Paul Bunyan” award for cleaning and pruning the trees and Dan Birmingham is our resident “Spiderman” cleaning off the roofs from all the tree debris. Words are not enough to express our gratitude for taking care of God’s garden.
New studies series in November @ Emerald Heights
Pastor Larry teaches his final study series at Emerald Heights, On Truth, Goodness, and Beauty on Thursdays, November 3, 10, and 17 @ 10 AM. Pastor will focus on the Biblical literature in its definitions and descriptive narratives which depict the nature of truth, goodness, and beauty. This class will explain the Hebrew background to these ancient biblical words through the exploration of key scripture texts. All three of these words (concepts) in the Bible involve the communication of the Creator with the creature--that is, God's revelation to us. We'll explore the presence of this Divine/ human connection in some practical exercises.