Rev.G 11/1/16

One week until Election Day—but there’s more than just that going on. Check it out:

Western U.M. Bishops on Standing Rock
http://www.calpacumc.org/news/wjumc-bishops-send-letter-president-obama-support-standing-rock-sioux-nation/

This is a good companion clip: https://www.facebook.com/patricio.dominguez.96/videos/10154516583594923/

Thanks~
For the Spookiness
: congratulations to everyone who made Saturday’s Trunk or Treat event a real success—rough count by candy distributed was 450+ people! Special thanks to Janet Kinch for making the connection with the local Girl Scout troops.

For the Progress—on the pergola project: thanks to Bob Fierro guiding the giant steel beams into place; next comes the woodwork and painting and final assembly (watch Connections for the call to help).

For the Mementos and photos placed with care on the memorial communion table for Sunday’s All Saint’s service. We are surrounded by such a cloud of wonderful, colorful, loving witnesses.

OK, About the Election: here are some good words— http://www.interpretermagazine.org/topics/voting-a-prayerful-act

And this coming Sunday, it is my intent to offer a few more in the sermon; I’m convinced by the words of Jim Wallis, that “God is personal, but never private.” Which is to say, imagining an absolute separation between faith and politics “leaves spirituality without social consequences, and politics with no soul.” I’ll be praying to find a helpful balance (without explicitly endorsing any candidate OR proposition)!

Schedule Ahead

  • UMMen’s Yard Sale: Saturday November 12
  • Mission Brunch & Single Service: Sunday November 13 (special guest chef!)
  • District Charge Conference: Monday, November 14, 6:30pm at St. Paul’s UMC Oxnard

Nasty Red
Ink, that is: a quick calculation based on today’s closing of the financial books for October shows we’re almost $14,000 under on pledged income for the year. While that was only $318 under each Sunday so far, to make it up over these last 8 Sundays will be +$1,750 each week. We’re paying the bills now, but closing the year short will require a serious recalculation for 2017. We often run close into the holidays, but how about meeting your pledge now, and enjoying your eggnog in peace?  Speaking of which…

Schedule Christmas & New Year’s Day
We had a staff meeting today, and the consensus here was to run the same schedule both of these unusual Sundays: START with “seasonally appropriate holiday refreshments” on the Brooks Patio at 10am, then worship service at 10:30am. The Christmas morning theme would be “flannel”; New Year’s Day—more flannel? Or flannel with (leftover) glitter? Thoughts?

Peace, pastor gary

 p.s. A lovely quote I couldn’t squeeze into the All Saint’s service—from the actor Christopher Walken, who, it helps to remember, started out as a professional dancer:

“Someday you will be faced with the reality of loss. And as life goes on, days rolling into nights, it will become clear that you never really stop missing someone special who’s gone, you just learn to live around the gaping hole of their absence. When you lose someone you can’t imagine living without, your heart breaks wide open, and the bad news is you never completely get over the loss. You will never forget them. However, in a backwards way, this is also the good news. They will live on in the warmth of your broken heart that doesn’t fully heal back up, and you will continue to grow and experience life, even with your wound. It’s like badly breaking an ankle that never heals perfectly, and that still hurts when you dance, but you dance anyway with a slight limp, and this limp just adds to the depth of your performance and the authenticity of your character. The people you lose remain a part of you. Remember them and always cherish the good moments spent with them.”

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