Notes From the Pastor: November 2017

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NOTE: Don’t forget that daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Set your clocks back one hour and enjoy and extra hour of sleep before getting ready for church.

Dear Friends and Companions on the Way of Christ,

The month of November is here, and the crisp fall temperatures are beginning to make us conscious that the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas is almost upon us.

The Early Childhood Center celebrated Trunk or Treat in October, and St Philip’s began our mid-week Logos program on Wednesday evenings. The first Logos evening brought together five families with eight children and many adult members of St Philip’s who came as volunteers. Logos includes time for recreation (active games), worship arts (singing, praying, and our exciting boom whacker chorus), and Bible study, followed by an intergenerational family-style meal. We’ll be continuing Logos through the months of November and December, then evaluating to decide if we’ll continue it in the coming year.

On November 5, 2017, our Saints Day service will hold in remembrance those of our fellowship who have left this life in the year that has passed since last All Saints Day. Their names will be listed in our bulletin and lifted up for prayer during the Service of Holy Communion. If you have a loved one who died during the past year and whose name you would like to add to the list, please call the church office and give that information to Marsha Jacques. We’ll be happy to include them in the remembrance.

The Sweet Celebrations organization that once received our birthday offerings on the first Sunday of each month is no longer doing that work. We are happy to announce that a new group called “It’s Your Birthday, Inc.” is now providing birthday parties for children in homeless and domestic violence shelters, so we will be directing our birthday offerings to them. We’ll watch a video on Sunday morning, November 5, 2017, to learn about their work.

At the fall congregational meeting. October 22, 2017, the church budget for 2018 was presented and adopted by the congregation. A suggested 2% increase in pledges and offerings will enable St Philip’s to meet all anticipated expenses in the coming year. Please remember to return your commitment cards to our church by Sunday, November 12, 2017, which is Stewardship Sunday.

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, we will celebrate Thanksgiving Sunday in prayer and song, in anticipation of National Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017.

Reign of Christ is the theme for the final Sunday of the Church Year, on November 26, 2017. On this Sunday, we express our intention to live in anticipation of the coming Realm of God as we close the old year and prepare ourselves for Advent. Following worship on this day, members will be decorating for the Advent Season, which begins on Sunday, December 3, 2017.

Looking ahead, we are beginning to plan the worship celebrations of the Advent and Christmas seasons, so put these special dates on your calendar. The Logos Christmas program is scheduled for Wednesday evening, December 13, 2017. On Wednesday evening, December 20, 2017, we plan to gather for a sacred marking of the Winter Solstice (the longest night of the year). Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, so we plan to have an informal service of carols on the morning of December 24, 2017 and a traditional candle lit service in the evening.

Thanks for all the works of ministry you do.

Allen M. Fluent
Transitional Pastor