The Pumpkins are Coming!
(and other good stuff)
Over 1,000 pumpkins and various minis, spookies, gourds, and Indian corn will be arriving by truck SATURDAY October 4th at 3PM (note time change).
Please join us for the off-load - many hands needed. Reasonably priced pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be for sale while supplies last or through OCT 31st. Shifts to work the patch are still available by contacting Kathy Velez. Our "Fall Festival" is set for Saturday October 11th from noon to 4PM with pumpkin carving, food, crafts, face painting, bake sale, and much more!
A sign up list to volunteer and donate food for the event will go around this Sunday.
We'll need hotdogs, buns, small bags of chips, Polish Sausage, small cans of soda (dropped off by THURSDAY Oct 9th) and Baked Goods (dropped off by SAT OCT 11th at 11AM).
Parsonage Open House
Please stop by this Sunday between 12:30PM and 2PM for some cake and other goodies and an opportunity to see what your contributions and efforts have brought forth in this past summer's parsonage renovations. At 1PM we will host a house blessing at the parsonage as well. Maps will be available at worship, but it is just around the corner from the church at 7120 SW 2nd CT.
Third quarter giving statements along with an important letter from our council president, Ron McCoy, updating everyone on our current financial picture, will be in the mail this week. Given the national picture constantly in the news, your generosity continues to be uplifting. Not wanting to steal any of Ron's message, while our income does not meet our expenses, we are in much better shape then we thought we would be when we passed the budget. Balancing the budget is still clearly in our sights and just a small stretch.
A new "helping hands" fund is taking shape which will exist to help out families in crisis as resources allow with needs and requests being evaluated by a small team. For now, these emergency needs should be funnelled through Pastor Keith. Privacy, will be important, of course. A car wash, luncheon and bake sale will help raise some of those funds and is scheduled for Sunday October 12th. Sign up Sunday to be a part of our "Wash Gang" or just contact SAM in the office (954) 989-1903.
Operation Christmas Child
Nancy Berger, Jeanne Myers and Rhonda Roberts will be coordinating this year's Operation Christmas Child gift box program. Last year was a record for us - over 45 boxes, I believe - this year IGSS will have a special presentation on OCT 19th as well as the congregation (during each service). Keep your eyes on the bulletin and this blog for more info or just ask one of the coordinators.
Christmas Eve Program
"Dance of the Night Wind" will be our 7:30PM Christmas Eve program. Lots of parts. Lots of singing, dancing, drama, and most of all the Good News of Jesus shining through it all! A parts list and copies of the script were emailed out to folks we had on our list from last year - if you were missed, please email Pastor Keith or ask for a copy at IGSS. Parts will be announced on OCT 17th at IGSS. Adults are needed, especialy in the costume department and to help out with rehearsals. Please let Pastor Keith know if you want to lend a hand in the production.
Service in Commemoration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Sunday October 19, 2008
Pink ribbons and balloons are symbols, but the heart of the matter is the faith that enables those affected by this disease to find the strength they need. We will light candles in memory of those affected, have an information table in the narthex, hear a faith story from someone whose life has been impacted by this disease, and participate in a service of healing for everyone. Please invite those whom you believe would benefit from this impactful service!
REFORMATION SUNDAY + Our 48th Anniversary =
BOOK OF FAITH SUNDAY
Ok, it will be pizza and soda instead of steak, but our focus will be on moving forward as a Book of Faith congregation, so it will be about God's Word, not our gastronomic happiness.
So, what's in store? Well, special stuff begins during worship when will covenant together to become a Book of Faith Congregation (to intentionally grow together in our use and familiarity with the Bible at worship and in our life). A Reformation Puppet Tale during Intergenerational Sunday School (IGSS) along with some cool activities will remind us of Luther's life including his translating of the Bible into the common tongue of the people so that everyone could engage God's Word in their life more fully. At 12:15 we will have some pizza and jump right in to a brief presentation about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith initiative and take a brief survey top help us shape our participation. You will also have an opportunity to be among the first to sign up for a three week second service coffee hour Bible Study led by Pastor Keith on "Re-Discovering the Book of Faith." This Bible Study will take place at 12:15PM on NOV 2, 9, and 16. You will also have the opportunity to reserve a copy of the new "Lutheran Study Bible" - for $17.50 softcover or $22.50, a 35% discount with free shipping as long as we place an order for 10 from the congregation as a whole. After December 31st the price charged by Augsburg Fortress publishing goes up to $24.99 and $34.99, respectively. Free copies of The Lutheran Magazine's special issue on Lutheran 101, everything you wanted to know about the basics of what Lutheran's believe, will be handed out to everyone who attends and if you like the magazine we will be taking orders for a one year subscription for only $7.95 - half off the cover price. And if this isn't enough, a few loaves of Pastor's homemade bread will be randomly given away to a few lucky attendees! What a deal!
All Saints Cantata
Rehearsals continue and we need you!
Our cantata singers continue to grow, but now is the time to grab a listening CD and let Barbara Gilson know that you want to add your voice to the growing throng. The cantata will be sung on Sunday, November 2nd at 10:45AM. This is also the Sunday to bring in a picture or memento of a loved one to honor them at our All Saints display table.
Ever in Christ