In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: "Humble & Exalted"
In Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus says: "Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." The word humility is defined as being "unselved," a liberation from consciousness of self. When we humble ourselves, we free ourselves from the bonds of the ego and are, therefore, exalted.
Please join as this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online), as we explore what it means to live a life of "humble heartedness." Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Pamela Chappell
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Last Week's Service
In the gospel reading from last lSunday's lectionary, Jesus tells the disciples a parable about the need to pray persistently and to never to lose heart. But what exactly is the purpose of prayer, and how do we "pray without ceasing," as Scripture instructs us to do? Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we explored "The Science of Prayer," for prayer does indeed work, if we know how to work it! Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Stan Greene.
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In Memoriam: Bille Hougart & Dianne Soper
It is also with great sadness that we share that Dianne Soper (pictured left), sister of church member, Beverly Hawkes, passed away on Monday. Dianne watched our services each week from her home in New York. This past summer, Dianne was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She will be missed by so many. Cards of condolences can be mailed to Bev at 6506 Old Singapore Trail, Saugatuck, MI 49453.
Upcoming UCC Meetings
This month, there are several UCC Conference and Association meetings, in which you may take part. All of the meetings will be held via Zoom, so advance registration is required. Click the links below to learn more and to register:
UCC's "Hurricanes 2022 Appeal"
The United Church of Christ has issued an appeal to support immediate needs for families and communities affected by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian.
Your generous financial support will be used by our partners in the areas of greatest need, for relief and long-term recovery. If you can, click the red button below to donate online, or if you prefer, you may mail a check payable to the United Church of Christ, PO BOX 71957 Cleveland, OH 44194. Please be sure to note “Hurricanes 2022 Fund” in the memo section. As always, thank you for your support!
October is Soup-Tober!
"Honoring the Ancestors" with Rev. Ruth Zwald: November 1
Connecting to our ancestors is a vital part of spiritual work. Drawing on the Mexican traditions of Dia De Los Muertos involves us in an evening of sharing stories and food, creating an altar, as well as a chance to connect to our ancestors in a guided meditation.
Please consider joining this special event for The Day Of The Dead. All the details and what to bring are in the poster, above. It will be an amazing evening to connect and celebrate our stories.
If you are interested, please RSVP directly to Ruth to reserve your spot.
New Members Class: November 6
If you are interested in becoming a member of our church, Pastor Sal will be holding a New Members Class on Sunday, November 6, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM over at our church's Retreat House. All are welcome to attend. (If you would like to become a member, but are unable to attend the class, please email Pastor Sal).
Reports & Minutes
Birthdays & Anniversaries
October 24- Glynis & Kenneth Whitcomb, 25- Maryjo Lemanski, 26- Ken Hemminger
Birthday and Anniversary cards are a great way we can reach out to one another. If you wish to mail a card to one of our church members, addresses can be found in our Church Directory.
Beverly and Orie Hawkes & Family; Susan Schram & Family; Diane Carr & Family; Matthew McWebb, Debra Carr; Kenley Hoove (Stephen Lewis' friend); Dr. Paul Lewis (Stephen Lewis's brother); Michael Lynch; Jennifer Roe-Lazzaro; Mary Baxter (Marjorie Reiman's friend); Dianne Soper (Beverly Hawkes' sister); Elwood Cephus Stith (Mark Reiman's friend); Pete Wehle; Rev. Lou Grettenberger (friend of Ginny Mikita); Rachael Rienstra; Phil Sturdevant (Pete Wehle's friend); Darren Dixon (Beverly and Orie Hawkes' nephew); The Hotwagner Family; David Zylstra (Laurie VandenBeldt's friend); Elinor Hite (Virginia Stuart's sister); Judy Baxter (Kristine Sherman's Mother); Joann DeJonge; Richard and Joanna Weber's great-grandson Mattox (friends of the Ridls); Al Overweg; Beverly Willming (John Willming's mother); Jay North (friend of Dan Pierce); Hannah Sherman; Maureen Pierce; David Abbot; Sarah Johnson Lock; Vicki Latham (Ruth VandenBosch's cousin); Cole Hartman; Mike Sneedon (Peg and Jack Donohue's friend); Tim Reineck, Matt Brazys, Suzanne Cook, and Ken Cassbon (friends of Pete Wehle and Pamela Chappell); Richie Czarnowski (Mark Reiman's friend); Sherri Kanten (Ruth VandenBosch's friend); Chris Stuart (Virginia Stuart's sister-in-law); Mary Elizabeth Loudin (friend of Laurie VandenBeldt)
In-Person Attendance, October 16: 84
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Collection Plate & Mailed Donations: $7,808.00
Online Giving: $1,157.76
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