FROM YOUR RECTOR
(ANNUAL MEETING, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 with LUNCHEON)
(THE BISHOP’S VISITATION-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30)
It’s hard to believe that we are already approaching November. Where has the time gone? As end of the Church year is “winding down,” there are a flurry of activities scheduled for November and December. Please mark your calendars for these events that are listed on a separate sheet in this newsletter.
This month begins with our celebration of All Saints’ Day (which combines All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2 to honor all those incorporated into the Body of Christ by Baptism) reminds us of the importance of that community of Faith in the ongoing life and ministry of Christ in our own time and the role each of us plays in the health, growth and continued life of the Church. We honor this combined Feast Day by our worship together on the Sunday following All Saints’ Day (except in those years when it happens to fall on a Sunday).
The Liturgy reminds us of the sacrifices of many Saints who have gone before us and of the contributions made each day to the life of the Church by all of us saints—all who are part of the body of the Mystery of the Body of Christ alive and well in the world. Every church has its own saints, those holy ones now departed and those who are living amongst us. Many of them have labored tirelessly, often without recognition or without being noticed by their fellow parishioners. They have shared their time, talents and treasures in countless ways. So, in our celebration of All Saints’ Day, we honor those godly people for their deeds and their lives which have enabled us to continue in our life together in worship, mission and ministry.
We are also ending the year with our Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 8th, our Stewardship campaign which includes a Stewardship dinner provided by the Vestry on Friday, November 15th, and our Annual Meeting with a Pot-luck luncheon on November 23rd. As we plan for another faithful and hopeful year together, in addition to our generous giving of time and talents, we are asking that everyone in our parish make an intentional, prayerful and timely monetary pledge to help us prepare our budget and offset our anticipated deficit this coming year. We have always been blessed with a generous congregation who support this wonderful Household of Faith.
As we begin our new Liturgical year with the first Sunday of Advent on November 30, we are also blessed with the Bishop’s Visitation. The Rt. Rev. Doug Hahn will be our celebrant and preacher, as well as sharing food and fellowship with us. What a joyful and exciting way to start our new Church year together.
In Christ's love,
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 AT 2:00A.M. WE WILL NEED TO MOVE OUR CLOCKS BACK I HOUR.