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Weekly Concact- October 22, 2014

Hello there,

Yes, I know. Usually you get these weekly contact notes on Thursday and today is Wednesday.  But I am sending this out a day early, for two reasons.  First, I would like to invite you to a conversation about our Sunday morning worship schedule and format.  It will be tomorrow evening at 7:00 in the church social room.  With a change in our music leadership staff, I think it is a good time to look at what we are doing on Sunday mornings and evaluate how it is all working.  This is just a conversation at this point.  No votes or decisions will be made.  I am just interested in your thoughts and ideas.  Dessert will be served, if that is any incentive.

Second, this is a last minute appeal for Socktober. We will be handing out the socks at Marion Cares Trunk or Treat this coming Saturday.  So if you would like to buy a pack of children’s socks in the next day or two, it would be greatly appreciated.

There are a lot of other things that are going on. The Harvest Dinner is coming up this Sunday evening for our seniors.  If you haven’t made your reservation yet, please call the church office.  We also want everyone to sign up to get your picture taken for our new directory.  You may do so online by clicking the link on our website, or you can sign up at church this Sunday with a committee member, or you can contact Shirley Pantini.

This Sunday, in worship at the first service, the music will have a very special flavor. It will all be traditional American melodies and Karen Pierce will be with us playing her dulcimer.  A number of hymns in our hymnal have traditional melodies.  The Chancel Choir is singing a traditional American piece.  It is beautiful music and with Karen’s dulcimer it will be wonderful.  Pastor Beth will be preaching and her text is Deuteronomy 34:1-12.  Now, when was the last time you heard a sermon on Deuteronomy.  You won’t want to miss it.

On a more personal note, Judy and I would like to thank all of you for your prayers, notes, and kind thoughts with the passing of Judy’s father. It is a sad time for us, but also a time celebrating a good long and full life.  We do appreciate you understanding and compassion.

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

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