Thank you to everyone who participated in the Advent Planning Workshop on Sunday. Your contributions will help to make this a memorable Advent. And as we move into this busy time in the life of the church. I have some requests and reminders. As I’m sure you know, hospitality and community sharing are very important to the life of our congregation.
This Sunday is our annual Gratitude Dinner. It is a potluck so everyone is invited to bring food to share. As usual, we can use help with set up and clean up. Please let me know if you can help. We plan on 9:00 AM for set up.
After some time as our chief coffee hour hostess, Eleanor Satterlee has retired. Thanks to her for a job well done. I have volunteered to ensure that we have this time for hospitality each Sunday. However, I could really use your help. Sunday I will have a sign-up sheet for hosting over the next couple of months. I am happy to help you in any way I can if you volunteer.
On November 29, after worship, we will decorate the sanctuary for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season. We can use your ideas, your artistic creativity and your person power to make the church even more beautiful for this special season.
On December 13, we will hold our annual Caroling Party and Chili Supper and on December 20 our Christmas brunch. Again if you can help with set up, clean up or preparation, please let me know. We can use all the help we can get. As I keep reminding us, it takes all of us pulling together to be us – FBCPA.
And that reminds me of a couple of other things. Our nominating committee (Eileen Conover and Marilyn Hunwick) will be coming to some of you soon to ask you to help provide church leadership. I hope you will either say “yes” or, at least, “Let me pray about it.” Perhaps you would even volunteer to serve. We have wonderful leadership, but people get tired and need a break. Since our pool is not large, we each need to take a turn if possible to ensure the smooth operation of our congregation. I know you are busy and there are always demands on your time and energy, but know your church could use your help and would give you a lot of gratitude for helping out.
Finally, a reminder that Sunday is Stewardship Sunday. I hope you have carefully and prayerfully consider your financial support for FBCPA in the coming year. We will have an opportunity on Sunday to present our pledges and renew our commitment to Christ’s ministry in this place. As it is also “Reign of Christ Sunday,” we will focus on Pilate’s question to Jesus, “So, are you a king or not?” It’s not an easy question nor is the answer simple. What did kingdom and kingship mean to Jesus?
See you Sunday at 10:00 AM ready to worship, learn and share. Bring someone with you.
May we continue to grow together as God’s people.