We had fun last Sunday singing with Zacchaeus, sharing a meal and carving/decorating pumpkins. Nearly everyone left with crazy creation. Thanks to Judie Dodson for bringing ideas and great creativity to the project and to all who helped set up and clean up. Monday evening pastor Gregory, Charlotte Jackson, Carolyn Shepard, Chip Clark, and Alex Russo stood (or sat ) watch at a table in front of the church, greeting trick-or-treaters with candy, water, punch, and fun. Our neighborhood was crawling with kids of all ages in an in credible array of inventive costumery. All reports are that it was a big hit. Thanks to everyone who worked hard on these events.
This Sunday will be more sedate. Traditionally, we have called this Gratitude Month. It not only involves our stewardship emphasis but also our annual drive for funds and food for Ecumeincal Hunger Program in East Palo Alto. We need your open-hearted and generous giving to sustain the life of out congregation and its many ministries. In addition, this year we will include a Time and Talent form which will ask some questions about where you volunteer, where you might want to volunteer, and what volunteer opportunities we might be missing in our life together.
Our focus scripture will be from the prophet Haggai – another of those minor prophets we seldom turn to. In particular we will consider a proclamation the prophet makes to encourage people to rebuild as they stand amid the rubble of Jerusalem and the Temple. It is a daunting prospect but Haggai reminds them they are not alone. “God is near to all.”
In Adult Spiritual Formation, we will return to the fine video series, “Saving Jesus Redux,” asking the questions, “What Can We Know about Jesus (and How)?” Afterward, there will be a family trip to the trampoline center. Let Pastor Gregory know if you’re interested.
Come at 10:00 AM for worship, education, and family fun. Join in the joy of the day and the fun of the season. Invite someone to share in it all. See you Sunday.
Together, let us strive…to know God’s love!