Weekly Updates – 9/25/19

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“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther  

This Sunday 9/29

Worship with us at 8:30am and 10:30am. At 9:30am there is a Coffee Hour, Sunday School, Adult Bible Study group & Choir Rehearsal. Kids Song time upstairs (all ages welcome!) at 10am, First Communion class at 11:30am

Events This Week

Tuesday 10/1: Book Club at 6:30pm

Wednesday 10/2: Praise Band rehearsal @ 7pm

Thursday 10/3: Gathered in Prayer @ 10am, God on Tap at Tavern at Windsor Park @ 8pm

Next Sunday 10/6: Worship @ 8:30am & 10:30am, Coffee Hour @ 9:30am, Choir Rehearsal @ 9:30am, Kids Song time @ 10AM, Tailgate Party @ Noon

Save the Date

10/20: Church Directory Photos from 9:30-10:30am

11/10: Harvest Dinner @ 5pm

11/15-11/17: Congregational retreat at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center (spaces are filling up! To reserve your room, please contact the office. Deposit is $100.)

11/24: Hanging of the Greens/Dinner @ 5pm

12/15: Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along @ 4:30pm

Tailgate Party- GO BILLS!

We are excited for the upcoming tailgate party on Sunday, October 6th from Noon-4pm. It will be held outside at St. John (weather permitting). The cost is $5 per person for pizza & wings. Bring your own lawn chairs, drinks & snacks. Wear your festive Bills apparel (prizes will be awarded for the most creative/festive fans!). Feel free to bring flags, lawn ornaments & anything that will help us set the mood for another win! Bring cash if you wish to participate in squares.

Church Directory Photos

All are encouraged to update their photos for our directory on Sunday, October 20 from 9:30-10:30am in the Fellowship Hall. This directory is a great tool for all our members and there are a number of outdated photos in it. Please contact the church office with any questions, or if you can’t make this date and would like to schedule a photo for a different time

Book Club

Join us Tuesday nights in October as we read The Sin of Certainty by Peter Enns. The group will meet for discussion on October 1,8, 22 & 29 at 6:30PM. The book is available on Amazon for $11, or contact the office to order one for you. 

In this book, Enns explains how Christians mistake “certainty” and “correct belief” for faith when what God really desires is trust and intimacy. Enns offers a fresh look at how Christian life truly works, offering a model of vibrant faith that views skepticism not as a loss of belief, but as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. This is not just an intellectual conviction, he contends, but a more profound kind of knowing that only true faith can provide. Combining Enns’ reflections of his own spiritual journey with an examination of Scripture, The Sin of Certainty models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow and why God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God. It gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, uncertain, yet heartfelt, terms.

Ways to be a blessing

-Bring in donations of packaged underwear, socks or diapers for the Foster Love Closet in Alden.

-Bring in donations of Flour, Oil, Sugar, Salt, Boxed Mashed Potatoes and Boxed Stuffing Mix for the Tiger’s Den Food Pantry.

-Sign up to bring a “special treat” to our weekly Coffee Hour. Sign up can be found in the Narthex, or email the office for available dates.

Office News

Meghan and Ben Hardy welcomed the newest member of their family, Lois Dayle Hardy to the world on September 19th! She was 7 lbs. 9 oz. and 20-3/4 inches long. If you wish to reach the Hardy Family to offer your congratulations please contact the office for her information.

Peace and Love,

Your St. John Staff

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