October 3, 2012


Hello there,

If you are walking around the church building, you might notice a pair of socks tacked to a bulletin board, or taped on a door.  This is because it is now SOCKTOBER! We are collecting socks for Marion Cares.  Many children in our community go to school, even on the coldest day in winter, without socks.  I am not talking about teenagers who insist on wearing flip flops even when icicles are forming.  These are children from homes where resources are scarce and socks can be a luxury.  On October 26, Marion Cares will have a Trunk-or-Treat event at the Azure Apartments and area trailer parks.  Various churches and community organizations park cars in the parking lots and pass out goodies to the kids.  Most groups offer candy.  We offer socks, warm, new, comfy socks.

So, the next time you are in a store (Hy-Vee, Target, Walmart, etc.) pick up a pack of children’s socks, or two or three or ten.  Drop them off in one of the laundry baskets at church, or in the church office.  Make some little toes a little more comfortable this winter.

We are celebrating World Communion Sunday this week.  Christ’s church comes in many different shapes and sizes, speaking hundreds of different languages, functioning in many different ways.  Yet, we all on a regular basis break the bread, share the cup, and remember the saving death of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So it is a good thing, once a year, to pause and reflect on what really is important; what binds us together.  The Chancel Choir will be singing.  I will be preaching.  My texts are Luke 17:5 & 6, and 2 Timothy 1:1-14.  My sermon title is “Crowbar Faith.”  Come and see what that is all about.

Finally, once again we will be hosting for Family Promise the week of October 20 to 27.  This is the program for families who are homeless, offering them a safe place to stay together as they go through a difficult time.  The good news is that all the families we hosted three months ago have “graduated” from the program, finding work and places to stay.  But the need continues, so by the 20th there will be others.  So we do need volunteers.  Stop by the table in the social room and sign up to help as we fulfill our mission: Internally nurturing, Externally serving.

Stay in One Peace!