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November 2018

For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies So begins the familiar hymn.
 I have seen a lot of earthy beauty and majesty in the past few weeks. Dan and I traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to visit Dans brother. We saw hot air balloons at the Balloon Fiesta. Incredible sight hundreds of balloons in all shapes and sizes!

We drove to the top of Sandia Crest, and saw, well, nothing. The peak was shrouded in clouds and mist. But as we drove down, we could see across the desert for maybe 50 miles. Im grateful that we had some time away and got to do a few side trips while we were there visiting family.

This past week, I drove to Hannibal, Missouri, to visit my parents. My mom was having a procedure, and I wanted to be there with them. I drove there by the light of the harvest moon. It was never fully dark, even when the moon was obscured by clouds. It was huge and so beautiful! The drive back was mostly during daylight hours, so I got to see the spectacular beauty of the changing leaves. Im grateful that my moms procedure was successful and that shes doing better. Im grateful to have made the trip safely.

Charge Conference is over for another year! Im grateful for the hard work of the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development to get the right people on the right committees. Im grateful for everyone who said Yes! and grateful for those who prayerfully considered the invitation and turned it down. Those elected will be assuming their new positions effective January 1, 2019. I will be offering training for each committee after the first of the new year.

We are in the process of revising our Safe Sanctuary policy and doing training and background checks for all those who work with children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Im grateful to those who worked with me to get a policy that we can more easily follow. There will be some changes in how we do things as a result. Stay tuned for more information!

What are you grateful for? It is easy to lose sight of those things for which we are most thankful. There is much going on in our world that is not good. Fear and hate seem to be running rampant. People are killed, or attempts made on lives just because of their faith, national origin, skin color, who they love, or because theyve said something other individuals have disagreed with. What happened to love?
In 1 John 4 we read: We love because God first loved us. If anyone says, I love God, and hates a brother or sister, he is a liar, because the person who doesnt love a brother or sister who can be seen cant love God, who cant be seen. This commandment we have from him: Those who claim to love God ought to love their brother and sister also. (1 John 4:19-21 CEB)

Love comes first, along with it, gratitude. We need to be focusing on what unites us rather than divides us. Im not nave, but Ive seen amazing things happen when people really see each other as ones whom God already loves. Sometimes, we even need to be willing to admit we are wrong, and ask for forgiveness. This is not easy, but it is necessary.

The closing refrain of the hymn I began with is, Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. May it be so.

Happy Season of Giving Thanks!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Carole
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Holy Communion
Remembering those who have died since last All Saints Sunday
November 4th - All Saints Sunday
November 11th - 25th Sunday after Pentecost
Suffering and sacrifice. Not popular topics in these times of excess, but todays Scripture calls us to account. Jesus commends the poor widow for her gift of everything while chastising the rich for throwing in some spare change. Where are you in this picture? Come this Sunday as we dig in to these troubling, bothersome verses. We will also honor our veterans.
November 18 26th Sunday after Pentecost
Message Giving Thanks
Dont be anxious. God knows what we need. Pray for one another. Seek Gods righteousness first. Jesus gave himself as payment to set all people free. We read these verses, and know them to be true. And yet, our lives seldom reflect that. What are we to do? Come find out!
(Thanksgiving Day is Nov. 22)
November 25 Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday
Message King for Love This is the last Sunday of the Christian year. It is a celebration day. We say that Jesus is King and Lord of our lives. But how do we live that out week in and week out? Come this Sunday as we explore Jesus kingdom and where we are in it.
Message Endings and Beginnings
Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Everything that happens in our lives is wrapped up in our belief that Jesus goes before us and after us. Even when we dont understand what has happened. Mary and Martha are in disbelief that Jesus arrived too late, and their brother Lazarus had died. Yet they still had hope. This Sunday we will explore what it means to still have hope when all hope appears to be gone. We will celebrate Holy Communion and remember those of our community of faith who are no longer with us.
Scripture Mark 12:38-44
Message Giving It All
Scripture
1 Timothy 2:1-7, Matthew 6:25-33
Scripture
Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18: 33-37
Scripture
Revelation 21:1-6a, John 11:32-44