On Sunday, November 3rd we will honor and remember those of our church family who have gone before us.
In our prayers and during Holy Communion we will lift up the names of St. John’s members who have died since last November, and who now rest in peace with Christ forever.
All Saints Day is traditionally observed on November 1st — in England it used to be called “All Hallows Day”. So October 31st was “All Hallows Eve” or “Halloween.”
We, like many churches, moved the All Saints celebration to the first Sunday in November.
All Saints Day began as a day to remember the martyrs — those who had died as a result of their witness to Christ. Because there were too many of them to be named, Christians developed a common celebration of all martyrs as early as the fifth century AD.
All Saints Day has evolved into a celebration of all of those who Christ has claimed in baptism, who have been fed at his table, and who have been joined to his body, the Church.
A “saint” does not have to be a Mother Teresa or a Peter or Paul. A “saint” can be anyone whose manner of life reflects faith in God and who has lived in his love.
On All Saints Day we remember that we become holy — sanctified — not by our own puny efforts, but by the grace of God in his Son.
Grace alone, which God supplies; strength unknown he will provide. Christ in us, our Cornerstone; we will go forth in grace alone! (Scott Brown, Jeff Nelson)
Grace and peace, Steve Mindrup
Our quilting ladies have been working on “Walker Bags” for residents of area nursing homes. They are also making them available to members of our congregation. You will find a basket full of these colorful and handy fabric bags in the Narthex. Please feel free to take one for yourself or someone you know.
Upcoming "Kids Against Hunger" Food Pack Event
Our Kids Against Hunger food pack event will be held here on Saturday, October 19th. We will need MANY helping hands — 10 people to help with set-up for the event on Friday evening, 120-130 people to work the event from 12pm to 2pm, and 12 people to help with clean-up following the event. We have created a way for you to sign up online through SignUpGenius. Just click on the link below, choose how you would like to help, and fill in your information. Paper sign-up sheets are posted in the Narthex, on the Information Booth in the Fellowship Hall, and in the church office. You may also sign-up through the link shared on St. John’s Facebook page. Or, you can call the church office and we will sign you up that way. Please invite your family and friends to join you in this event. It will be a very fun time and will touch 56,000 people in a life-giving way!!
You will find a Time & Talent form and a Financial Commitment card included with this month’s Eagle newsletter. An additional Time & Talent form and the Financial Commitment card will be sent to homes soon along with the Quarterly Statement of Giving. Forms and commitment cards are also available in the church office or on the Information Booth. We will use the information on the Time & Talent forms to schedule our many church volunteers. We ask that everyone return their Time & Talent forms and Financial Commitment cards on Commitment Sunday, November 10th.
If you find yourself in need of pastoral care while we are without a full-time pastor, we ask you to confidentially speak with our Interim Pastor, Youth Director or office staff. We will connect you with a pastor or appropriate ministry person to assist you.
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP! Saturday at 5pm in our Chapel Sunday at 9am in the Sanctuary Adult fellowship and small groups following worship in the Fellowship Hall Sunday School for all ages (3 yrs to High School) will resume on September 8th.