Dear friends in Christ,
I hope you’re all doing well. I’m appreciating the turn to slightly cooler weather this week as we get further into fall. I have a few things to highlight at the church:
Upcoming Memorial Services
-10/2 @12pm in the sanctuary: Annamae Hardwick
-10/17@2pm in the sanctuary: Lori Giannini
Past Worship Services
For those of you who were unable to attend the memorial service for Bill Crutcher this past Saturday, there’s now a video of the service here: https://youtu.be/6lqwEITvtgc
We had some issues with our internet service this past Sunday, so worship didn’t stream out properly. If you’d like to listen to the sermon, you can listen here: https://youtu.be/apDVJJSXCq0
COVID Church Updates
Coffee Hour: As long as the weather remains nice, we’ll continue to have coffee hour outdoors on Sundays. Once things get cooler, Council has approved moving coffee hour indoors. As coffee hour involves eating and drinking, masking indoors during coffee hour will be spotty. We encourage you to make the best choices for your health and comfort level. Masks will continue to be required for worship.
Book Sale 10/16 from 10am-2pm
On 10/16 we’re going to have a book and bake sale fundraiser. We’re going to need baked goods and volunteers to help make everything a success. You can sign up to volunteer or bake here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0548A4A82DABF58-book
The link to the Facebook event is here: https://fb.me/e/WkKPuJYH
Also, we need books to sell! We’re accepting donations of books (no encyclopedias), puzzles, CDs, and DVDs. You can bring things to the church when the church office is open M-F 9am-3pm. If the church office is closed, you can leave books in the bin at the office door, and I’ll make sure they’re brought in. We’re already getting a good number of donations!
Church Office Closed: 9/30-10/4
Jeanine is out of the office the end of this week and the beginning of next week. I will still be in and out of the office, but more in the afternoon than the morning.
One of the small things I appreciate about fall is the angle the sunlight comes at changes, and I really love the way the light hits the front of the meetinghouse in the morning and the way the light comes through the windows in the late afternoon. I’ve attached pictures of both those scenes. Watching the sun this time of year makes me think of this part of Psalm 19:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.”
I’ve lately been listening to this sung rendition of part of that psalm: https://youtu.be/7Hvf7Xry-5k
I think it captures something about the hope and beauty yet also melancholy of fall, where things look so beautiful before going to sleep or dying for the winter.