November 3, 2016
for Sunday, Nov. 6
Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
This week I am sharing a devotional written by Pastor Dave Westphal:
“During our Wednesday Bible Study this week, we discussed John the Baptist. John is a fascinating character in the story of our salvation history. He was the first person, after the Magi, of course, to publicly recognize Jesus as the Messiah (the Lamb of God). John was also a powerful figure in his own right which eventually led to his imprisonment and execution at the hands of King Herod.
With all that fame and glory, it would have been easy for John the Baptist to rest on his own laurels as, “the most successful preacher in Palestine” or “the guy who baptized Jesus”. Instead, John proclaimed the One who would come after him as the great One and, as soon as Jesus was baptized, John stepped out of the spotlight forever.
“…so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.”
Those of us who have been baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus are among the first to set our hope on Christ. Granted, we are in the company of millions of baptized Christians over 20 centuries, but we are still among the “first”. While it would be easy for us to feel superior and to treat those people who don’t believe as we do as if they were inferior, that is not the path that Jesus calls us to take. Instead, like John the Baptist, Jesus calls us to spend our lives pointing to Him and living for the praise of His glory.
Lord Jesus: Because my identity is secure in You, I am free to give You all the praise and glory. AMEN”
11In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.
12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.
Names will remain of the Prayer List for a month - at which
time it will be taken off unless, or course, there is still a continued need
for our prayers and we’re asked to keep the name on.
***Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday at 2:00 am – remember to change your clocks back one hour before retiring Saturday night.
***This Sunday, November 6th, is All Saints Sunday when we will remember those of our church who have gone on to become part of the great cloud of witnesses. Also during worship, we will be welcoming new members to our church. Plan to come and meet our newest church family members.
***Fran Ward will be out of the office beginning November 8th and returning December 6th. Katie Castro will be filling in on Fridays. During that time, Katie will send out the E-Ministry on Friday.
***On Monday, November 14th, Caring & Sharing Ministry will meet at LSS at 6:15 pm to make fleece blankets. All are welcome to join the fun! Call Cheryl at 386-5554 for details.
***Honduras Christmas Cookie baking will be held at St. Timothy on November 11 & 12. If you would like to help, contact Sarah Goebel. If you would like to order cookies, order forms will be in the church bulletin on November 27th. You may also use the order form that was in the November Church Mouse.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues at St. Timothy. Classes for this session are held at 9:00 am on Monday & Wednesday through December 14th.
***Mark your calendar:
Advent Fest/Hanging of the Greens will be Sunday, December 4th. Pot-luck meal with meat provided at 5:30, decorating at 6:30, carols to follow.
Bishop John Macholz will be at Lutheran’s Christ Chapel on Monday, December 5th at 6:00 pm. You are invited to come and meet the Bishop and share light refreshments.
***Honduras Auction – this Sunday, November 6th !
Make plans to attend one of the major fundraisers for the Honduras Mission Project – the Honduras Auction and Chinese Auction, this Sunday, November 6th at 6:00 pm.
Preceding the auction is a light dinner, starting at 5:00 pm for $6.00. (Choice of chili or pulled pork sandwich, salad, beverage and dessert.)
We invite you to attend the Auction and bring your family & friends. In order to be successful, we need people to bid.
See you all there!
Note from Upstate NY Synod:
2017 SYNOD ASSEMBLY PROJECT - ALUMINUM CAN TAB COLLECTION
Our aluminum can tab collection continues to be a successful and easy project for all congregations across the Synod to participate in. The Synod Assembly Planning Team has decided to offer this project for the 2017 Synod Assembly. Start collecting can tabs NOW, and bring your collected tabs to the Synod Assembly in June. It has not yet been decided where the proceeds from the collection project will be sent. An announcement of the decision will be made by the Planning Team at a future time.
“The Gift of Presence”
Saturday November 19th, 2016
9:00 AM---1:00 PM
We will offer a variety of meditative experiences including prayer and creative expression.
There will be tasty bites and beverages on arrival with lunch provided at 11:30.
Presented by Jann Ball and Gloria Anderson with the women of Bethlehem Lutheran Church
20 North Phetteplace Street in Falconer
Please RSVP to Stephanie Buccola 665-4221 by November 14th
· For our community of faith as we seek to do God’s work in the world.
· For those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness, financial burdens, and family obligation.
· For victims of violence and their families in all places
· For Barb Simpson, Taylor Samuelson, Burgeson Orman, Bob Samuelson, Arden Johnson, Dr. Gerald & Kris Magneson, Don Frank, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Helen Cogliano, John Bylund, Joanne Aron, Pastor John Klatt, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Todd Reel, Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Ryan Samuelson,
· For people serving in the military and their families, those caught up in war who have no safe home in which to live.
· For all children, that the love of Christ may reach them through all of us who have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.