Note from Pastor Rick (10/26/2016)

Last Sunday we held our quarterly all church gathering with a presentation about “Our Renewal Project” – past, present, and future. Pastor Gregory prepared a helpful slide presentation and we had good conversation. One of the things we want to emphasize going forward is that we all need to work together for the future of our congregation – staff, leaders, and congregation. You have heard me say before (and I’m sure that I will say it again,) “It takes all of us to be us.” There also needs to be a strong interface between the existing congregation and the wider community with which we seek to partner. We will report further on the conversation and the status of “Our Renewal Project” in the November Spire. We will all benefit from input and participation from each and all of us.

This Sunday our focus is on the familiar story of Zacchaeus, the diminutive tax collector. Many of us learned to sing the song in Sunday School as wee ones ourselves. Zacchaeus still has something to teach us about repentance and transformation when he encounters the living God in the person of Jessus, the Christ. Sunday I want to compare and contrast him to two other figures that appear just before him in Luke’s gospel – the self-righteous Pharisee, whom we met last Sunday, and the Rich Young Man who comes in between but doesn’t make the lectionary this time around.

Plan to stay after worship for our Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Potluck. This promises to be great fun for the whole community. As usual, pumpkins will be provided. Judie Dodson will be here to help with some fabulous decorating ideas and we will share a delicious meal together. Come, join in the joy of the day and the fun of the season. Invite someone to share in it all. Bring a main dish, side, salad or dessert to share. Beverage will be provided. You can even come in costume if you want. Se you Sunday.

Together, let us strive…to know God’s love!

Pastor Rick

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