October newsletter

From the Pastor…

God makes the clouds drop fatness, the desserts bloom and spring, the hills leap up in gladness, the valleys laugh and sing. God fills them with God’s fullness, all things with large increase, and crowns the year with goodness, with plenty and with peace.

Worship hymnal #694

It’s true: we are gifted with much!  God provides!

At The Great Thanksgiving – Holy Communion –  we hear, “take and eat, share the presence of Christ.,” and “take and drink, share in the life of the church.”  The elements of bread and wine are combined with the word, “do this in remembrance of me” – share this meal, and live as Christ! Martin Luther, teaching about Holy Communion, wrote: “The treasure is opened and placed at everyone’s door, yes, upon the table, but it is also your responsibility to take it and confidently believe that it is just as the words tell you.” (The Large Catechism; Wengert, p.470)

The Reformation, which we commemorate each October, is a call to be the church, and to question the traditions of the church.  We are a part of something that extends into the past, but we are also to vision for the future.  Who are we, today?  What do we offer to the community?

Our living needs to reflect our thankfulness, and it needs to show our faith.  Grace frees us, and we are freed for living our faith in the world.  So, we then take responsibility to show hospitality, to be generous, to engage in acts of compassion, peace, and justice.

We are Christians!  We give of ourselves!

We are Lutherans!  We ask questions and think about what we do and why we do it.

This month, our congregation looks at what we’re about, and who we are, in this city.  Let’s be confident in our mission! –Pastor Tyler Gingrich

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– to Pastor Ken for presiding at worship Sept 25th!

– to Karen and Jesse for the soup at September  Souper Sunday!

– to Melissa, Liz, Myrle, Darlene, Miriam, Ken, Peter, Katrina, Karen for being a superb church-house clean-up team!

– to Jesse for helping with UBC-O club displays

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“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” ~G.B. Stern

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Congregational Planning Day

with John Wolff


October 15 10am-4pm

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Worship leaders in October

Oct 2 – Delores; Oct 9 – Melissa; Oct 23 – Darlene; Oct 30 – Jesse

Oct 2 – Gingrich; Oct 9 – ______; Oct 16 – Denney/Haley; Oct 23 – Denney; Oct 30 – ______

Oct 2 – ______; Oct 9 – Karen; Oct 23 – Darlene; Oct 30 – _______

If you can fill in a blank, please let pastor know: pastor@allsaintslutheranchurch.com

See our calendar of events!


Posted on October 1, 2011, in The Paradox - monthly newsletter. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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