It was such a joy to see 38 people worshiping at CCL last Sunday and one person joining us on Zoom.   We welcomed Rev. Philene Ware Dunn and her husband Paul who visited us to get acquainted with the church prior to Nov. 7 when Philene will lead our worship.  We had Sunday School for the children thanks to Mo.  We celebrated Communion with Rev. Tom Prinz and we had a parish meeting to discuss how we want to proceed in the future.  The Vestry will be discussing the different suggestions that were made at their October meeting and bring their findings back to the congregation in the near future.  Thanks to Kurt and Susan for chairing the meeting.

I mentioned that Rev. Philene (pronounced “fuh-leen” with emphasis on the “leen”) will be with us Nov. 7.  (A word of caution:  we turn the clocks back Nov 6 so please plan accordingly so you don’t miss church on the 7th).  In addition to having Communion that day we will also have a baptism.  Christina Parker has been worshiping with us the past several Sundays and she has asked that her daughter, Hannah, be baptized.   Won’t it be nice to be a part of two of the sacraments of the church in one day, baptism and the Holy Eucharist!

I want to ask a favor of you between the time you read these announcements and Sunday morning.  Please pray for sunny, warm weather for Sunday so we can enjoy the outdoor service with our four-legged friends (and two-legged in the case of the chickens that we expect to have).   Remember to bring a chair for your comfort.  Kurt will be leading our worship this Sunday.  Don’t forget to pray for nice weather!

I was thumbing through an old Bible this week and found a bookmark entitled “Forgiveness”.  It started with a question: “Do you know the joy of being forgiven?”  It goes on to say: “Through forgiveness the arms of Jesus lift you.  His blood cleanses you, and His love changes you.  It is His free gift to you.  Turn your heart toward Jesus.  Pray to receive Him and His forgiveness by faith today…He will come into your heart and make all things new.”  I hope it touches your heart as you read it like it touched mine.

Kurt has chosen special readings for this Sunday since we are celebrating the Feast of St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals.  We will read Psalm 148:7-14 together and our lector, Daniel, will read Genesis 1:24-25.  The lectionary readings for Pentecost 22 are Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22); Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Hebrews 7:23-28; and Mark 10:46-52.

If you would like to give a gift to someone who has everything, check out the Episcopal Relief and Development Gift of Life website.   You have the opportunity to give a gift that will have a lasting impact on the lives of its recipients.  It may be the gift of a goat, donkey, clean water, or mosquito netting that changes the way a person lives.

Continuing with our “ONE ANOTHERS”:  Have fellowship with…Bear the burdens of…Offer hospitality to…Admonish…Teach…and have a good week!  See you Sunday!


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