A Reminder: Our fall worship schedule begins this Sunday with worship at 8:15 am, 10:45 am and 5:30 pm.
The Truth of the Story
I've mentioned this before, but it is probably important to repeat the story.
My Grandpa Brown, or "Grandpa Red" as we called him (because his hair was cardinal red and his Air Force nickname just stuck past his service days) worked for Southern Bell after the second world war.
He came home from the war frazzled and addicted. A bit of alcohol helped him get into a plane again and again and again during the war. All the flyboys did it. Tail gunners, after all, had a life expectancy of four missions by some accounts, and while my grandfather didn't man the tail (his post was a gun mounted on the side), he was shot down seven times. He survived each crash. No wonder he drank.
Stories came down through the family of how, some nights, he'd grab my grandmother from her sleep and hold her tight and say, "We're going to hit soon. Just hold on, we'll hit soon..." No wonder he drank.
So he left the war but the war never left him, and eventually he had to give up drinking altogether. The war didn't kill him; the bottle was going to.
But hanging around home directly after the war neither sober nor employed wouldn't do. My Great-grandmother Brown, a feisty farmer in northern Florida, sent him away to get a job. And so he did, with Southern Bell. The union wage gave him a good life, a great retirement, and the undying conviction that 40 hours is a week's work, no need to put in more for regular service.
I wonder what he'd think of the standard work week being 60+ now for so many...home by 5 and dinner by 6 is a dream today, as is the 9am whistle for the start of the workday.
This story paints some of my personal baggage as I approach this week's Gospel lesson, the so-called "Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard." Go ahead and read it by  clicking here.
I'll wait.
Done? Good. Onward.
A better title for it might be, "Parable of the People Who Worked Less Than Others in the Vineyard," because that's all we focus on. We focus on those folks who got a sweet deal by accepting the same wage as those who worked more hours. Fairness is important to us workers, and should be. It was important to my grandfather, too.

This Sunday's Readings
Jonah 3:10-4:11
Psalm 145:1-8
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

Sunday Morning Education for All Ages Begins!
  • Worship & Wonder (3 years old - 3rd grade)  Education Wing, E-12
  • 4th/5th Grade Sunday School Learning Cottage (Trailer), Right
  • Pre-Confirmation (6th Grade)  Learning Cottage (Trailer), Left
  • Confirmation (7th/8th Grade) Underwood North
  • High School SME  Erin Chaffee Youth Room
  • Community Class, led by Gordon Keehn  Education Wing, Room E-9
  • Graceful Living, led by Lisa Betts & Courtney Pernell  Underwood East
  • The Jesus Epidemic, led by David Cope  Underwood West
  • Whittecar Class, with various leaders  Library
Assisting Minister Information & Training Session at 12:15 pm in the Sanctuary
Mail for Mnene Collection   Letters for our Mnene orphans can be dropped off at the Mnene table in the Narthex.  All are welcome to send a letter of love and support to any of our orphans!

Autumn in the Sanctuary  Bring in pumpkins and gourds to decorate the Sanctuary each Sunday. Plastic plates will be available.

Fall Picnic - Tuesday, September 26, 6:00-8:00 pm in Fellowship Hall 
 All are invited to an evening of food, fun and games  sponsored by Way of the Shepherd. Learn more and let us know you are coming  here .

Worship on Wednesdays - September 27 in Fellowship Hall  This monthly worship service is geared towards families with small children, but all are welcome!  Join us for pizza at 5:15 pm followed by a family-friendly worship at 5:30-6:00 pm.

Church in the World: Animal Blessing - October 1 at 10:45 am outside Sertoma Arts Center  Bring your animals to this outdoor worship service with communion and a special pet blessing.

Installation of Pastor Marsha Anderson - Sunday, October 1 at 5:30 pm  Join us for Pastor Marsha's Installation during the 5:30 pm worship service, followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall.

More information about upcoming events is available in this week's  bulletin announcements.

Safekeeping  for Emily Graff's deployment; Megan Hutzenbuhler on mission in Madagascar; Bryan Lester on mission in Mexico; Lt. John Gibson  III ; and Major Anthony Coulter.

Sympathy  to the family and friends of Tonja Cromer. 

For the orphans of Mnene Parish, including Tatenda Chipa and Juliet Moyo.

Tatenda is a tall, congenial, confident 22 year old young lady. She is presently living with Annie in Zvishavane taking extra lessons for history, divinity and geography at New Horizons School. Once she successfully completes these courses, she hopes to take her "O" level exams and then pursue post-secondary education plans. Her Mail For Mnene partners are the Allsbury and Wedegaertner families.
Juliet will be 22 next month. She was taking Form 4 classes when she left school in 2014. She visited with our 2017 mission team and said that she is happily married with a 2 year old daughter and another child was due shortly after our team returned to Raleigh. She and her husband live with in-laws and hope to build their own homestead. She said that she would benefit from learning a skill, but those plans are incomplete at this time. Her Mail For Mnene partner is Kirsten Larson and family.

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