September newsletter

From the Pastor…

I fear in the dark and the doubt of my journey; but courage will come with the sound of your steps by my side. And with all of the fam’ly you saved by your love, we’ll sing to your dawn at the end of our journey.

Worship hymnal #808

Of the primary marks of the Christian faith, we need to hold this one up this Fall: practice hospitality.

Welcome new people!  Invite a new person to sit with you, or to have coffee, when we gather Sunday morning!

We host our Southern Interior Conference in convention in the first two days of October.  This is one of the biggest events our community has opportunity to host; we’ll have 30-40 people with us for the Friday evening and Saturday convention.

Through our campus ministry presence at UBCO, we welcome new students to Kelowna.  In September, the campus club, Peace Seekers, will be present at a number of welcoming events on campus, including orientation and clubs days.

The hymnist writes about darkness and doubt as part of the journey, and I think we feel that.  Whether individually, when life may send something unexpected; or corporately, when plans (or “growth”) doesn’t happen the way we hoped it would.  But the good news is that we journey together.  We keep moving forward; we keep looking to the future with hope – which we have when we gather.  And we are welcomed, again and again, to the Table and nourished for the journey.

-Pastor Tyler Gingrich

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A Pastor in Florida lamented that it was very difficult to get his message across to his congregation. “It’s so beautiful here in the winter,” he said, “that heaven doesn’t interest them. And it’s so hot here in the summer that hell doesn’t scare them.”

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THANK YOU…

– to Karen and Jesse for leading the music and making sure the online streaming works

– to Pastors Vern and Wally for their worship leadership in the Summer

– to Myrle and Cathryn for assisting in July-Aug

– to Dorothy for faithfully setting out, and then cleaning up Communion ware

– to Melissa for seeing to it that we have fresh cream, coffee, and juice

Good wishes to Charmaine, Tammy, and Kaleb who recently moved to Vancouver

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PROPHETIC WORDS FOR OUR DAY…

One hundred years ago, the great African American scholar W. E. B. Du Bois famously said,  “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” I believe that the twenty-first century will be shaped by the question of the faith line. On one side of the faith line are the religious totalitarians. Their conviction is that only one interpretation of one religion is a legitimate way of being, believing, and belonging on earth. Everyone else needs to be cowed, converted, or condemned, or killed. On the other side of the faith line are the religious pluralists, who hold that people believing in different creeds and belonging to different communities need to learn to live together. Religious pluralism is neither mere coexistence nor forced consensus. It is a form of proactive cooperation that affirms the identity of the constituent communities while emphasizing that the wellbeing of each and all depends on the health of the whole. It is the belief that the common good is best served when each community has a chance to make its unique contribution.

(Eboo Patel, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, p.xv)

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FINANCIAL REPORT

For the 6 months ended June 30, total receipts were $39,575 and expenditures were $36,367 for a surplus of $3,208.  The ending bank balance was $18,995. -Jack Denney, treasurer

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Make note: Southern Interior Conference Convention 2010

Friday evening, October 1 + Saturday, October 2

Hosted by All Saints Lutheran, Kelowna
See the calendar page at AllSaintsLutheranChurch.com for up-to-date program information

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