November Paradox Newsletter

From the Pastor…

Yours, Lord, is the glory, and honour, as well;
Yours, Lord, now and always. Amen, amen.
(Worship hymnal #849)

This month we celebrate eight years as a worshipping community in Kelowna.  November is always something of a tension between hopefulness and despair – our church-year comes to a close, and the readings remind us of the brevity of life, but we give thanks that God is with us in life and in death.

In the past month, we have done some reflecting on our future.  Even as we have made some plans, we can not say what the future will hold.  Are we – each of us – in it for the long-haul, or are we nearing the end?  Can our vision of being creating a community where all might experience the welcoming presence of God have life in a new way?

November is a month where we are mindful of the saints – past, present, and future – all of us counted among them, as we are all counted sinners, too.  The saints of the future depend on us, the saints of the present.  As we move forward, we must consider how our actions, in these days, will give life and make possible a community of faith for future generations (or not).  It’s a struggle in the church, these days, I know.  We long to hold on to the familiar, and we agonize about what to do and who will do it.

Our role, in many ways, is to be creative about our invitation to others; to work at using language that conveys meaning; to engage in justice work in the community like we haven’t before.  All of this has to do with what it is to be followers of the way of Christ. -Pastor Tyler Gingrich

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THANK YOU…

– to Karen, Melissa, and Darlene for their leadership on October 23rd!

– to Lynette, Karen, Katrina, Jesse, Delores, and Darlene for planning day follow-up tasks

– to Paul for organizing lunch for our planning day, October 15th

– to all the generous donors to our Food Bank box!

– to Darlene, Amber and Mark, for the soup!

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PROPHETIC WORDS FOR OUR DAY…

Efficient industrial mechanization, combined with cheap available energy, provides nations with the ability to grow their economies in terms of Gross Domestic Product.

The production of Moai statues on Easter Island helped society develop skills in mathematics, mechanization, writing, trade and much more. The same concept applies today. Production helps societies evolve technologically. In a world of competitive international trade and occasional military conflict, nations with the strongest economies have the advantage.

GDP is often mistaken as an indicator of social well-being. This is incorrect. It is a survival indicator. The inhabitants of Southern Africa probably had a higher standard of living than their European invaders. Well, at least until they were invaded.

The Great Depression taught us that production must be balanced with consumption. The more a nation can produce by utilizing energy and mechanization, the more it needs to consume. […]

Consumerism is the process where efficient production is balanced with inefficient use of goods.

One of the consequences of increased industrial production and consumer demand is that it grows the economy. It grows the economy not just in terms of industrial output but also in terms of the technology involved in production. A consumer demanding faster cars and computers drives an industry to develop these technologies. Businesses that utilize the most efficient technologies gain competitive advantages over those that do not.

The consequence of the development of more efficient technology is that it puts us back in the situation where we have a choice.

1. We can reduce the industrial work week, have more leisure time and still produce the same amount of goods.

2. Continue to work as hard and as a result produce more good that need to be consumed.

(Conrad Schmidt, Workers of the World, Relax, pp.85-86)

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 “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice” ~Abraham Lincoln

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NOTICE

Annual Campus Ministry Fundraising Student Supper

Monday, December 5

Let’s make it a good one!

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You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. –Steve Jobs

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Worship Leaders in November…
Lectors:
Nov 6 – Wally; Nov 13 -Melissa; Nov 27 – Darlene

Hosts:
Nov 6 – potluck; Nov 13 – ______; Nov 20 – Dianne V & _______ ; Nov 27 – Denney

Liturgists:
Nov 6 – _____ ; Nov 13 – ______ ; Nov 27 – Darlene

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See our calendar page for programming throughout the month!

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