Weekly Contact- October 24, 2013

Hello there,

First off, I want to invite you to an important seminar sponsored by our Presbyterian Women this coming Saturday, October 26th, starting at 9:30, in the social room.  Deb Streff and Lynn Calvert will be with us to offer a presentation entitled In Our Backyard—Human Trafficking in Iowa.  We tend to think something like this only happens on the other side of the world in impoverished countries.  But because of interstate highways and modern technology it happens everywhere, and Iowa is a crossroads for this kind of horrible activity.  It is not a pleasant topic, but something we should be aware of and do all that we can to stop it.

We have been hosting two delightful families this week through Family Promise.  Thank you to all who have volunteered and helped out.  We will need some help on Sunday between services tearing down and setting things up in the Mission House basement.

Speaking of needing some help, on Sunday morning at the first service, I want to try something a little different.  Pastor Beth will be gone, and normally we ask someone to help us as a liturgist.  Well, the word “liturgy” comes from a Greek term that means “work of the people.”  So I am going to be asking you to help me out.  I will have the various portions of the worship service prepared, but I will be asking someone from the congregation to read certain sections at the appropriate time.  We are all in this together so let’s work it out together.

The Chancel Choir will be singing.  The sermon text is Luke 18:9-14, a familiar parable of Jesus.  My sermon title is “Down and Up.”

Finally, Sunday night is the annual Harvest Dinner prepared, served and hosted by our youth.  You should have made a reservation by now, but even if you didn’t you are still welcome to join us.

Stay in One Peace,