As I look out the window, I see trees in a rapid state of change, some without leaves and others in a marvelous array of color: multiple shades of red, yellow, orange, and brown. These changing colors alert us to the changing season along with the shortening of daylight hours and cooler temperatures reminding us that winter is not too far around the corner. I love the change of seasons in nature and the church as well. The colors on our altar frontal and vestments coordinate with the seasons and holy days of the church calendar. We will begin and end the month of November in white to celebrate All Saints Sunday on the 5th and then Christ the King Sunday on the 26th. It’s hard to believe we are drawing near to the end of this church year! I love all the seasons both in nature and in our church year. Each season brings its own gifts if we remain open to what God has for us. While at times I find myself resisting change, change helps keep life interesting!!
We will be starting a new book in Rector’s class on November 5th: A Praying Life, by Paul E. Miller. We are wrapping up a series on prayer that we’ve done utilizing the booklet Prayer Changes Things, and decided there is a lot more to be explored and talked about regarding prayer than we could cover in 5 weeks. Please join us if you are interested in growing your prayer life. Rector’s Class is open to all. It’s a friendly bunch and the conversations are lively and thought provoking. I hope you’ll consider checking out this class!
By now, you should have received your stewardship letter and we will have an ingathering of our time, talent, and financial pledges on Sunday November 19th along with our annual Thanksgiving Brunch at 9:00AM between services. It is a wonderful time to come together as a Parish family and celebrate the many blessings God has given us and to spend time together with our church family. We take this opportunity to bring in our offerings to continue God’s good work in this place and the world around us.
While we spend time counting our blessings, God is busy sending us new ones! Congratulations to Emily, Gus, and Michael Lopez who welcomed Elliott Carlos and Evelyn Haydee (pronounced I-day) on October 24th! Elliott weighed in at 7 pounds 1 ounce and Evelyn was 5 pounds 15 ounces. Mom and babies are doing well, though the babies spent a little time in the NICU as their breathing strengthened. Please join me in thanking God for our newest members and praying for them to grow strong and be able to join us at church in the not too distant future, when their doctor says it's okay for them to go out. Welcome Elliott and Evelyn! We will look forward to meeting you! Michael, you will be a great big brother!!
If you are traveling over the Thanksgiving weekend, I pray you are blessed with meaningful time with those you love. We will be celebrating the Eucharist together Thanksgiving morning, Thursday November 23rd at 10:00AM. If you’re in town, come join us to celebrate The Great Thanksgiving around the Lord’s table. If you’re busy entertaining you could join us Wednesday evening at 7:00PM for our Military Outreach service, a simple prayer and communion service where we lift up those serving in the armed forces and their families in prayer.
We all have much to be grateful for! As the psalmist reminds us, “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1. When I count my blessings you are all high on the list! I join with the Apostle Paul with words he wrote to the Philippians saying, “I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3.