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Christ Lutheran Church's fall stewardship response got off to a strong start on Sunday. Our thanks to all who, trusting in God's abundance, offered pledges of financial resources, which will aid the Resource Commission and Congregation Council in drafting a budget for 2020, and to those who turned in time and talent forms. We continue to gratefully receive both as we live into God's vision for the congregation's work in this part of the kingdom of God.

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Kenneth Jennings (1925-2015) served as the conductor of the St. Olaf Choir for more than two decades beginning in 1968. His significant influence on choral singing, church music and conducting shines through in compositions, recordings and through his many students who lead choral groups and church music programs. The CLC Choir will be singing his setting of Psalm 100, "With a voice of singing" for the Offertory Music on Sunday, October 13.

J.Bach transcribed the Concerto in G Major by Johann Ernst for organ solo. Ernst (1696-1715) influenced Bach during his (Bach's) time in Weimar as court organist. The Postlude on Sunday is the first movement of Concerto in G Major.  Click below for a video of this work.       

J. S. Bach - Organ Concerto in G Major after Johann Ernst Prinz von Sachsen Weimar BWV 592.
J. S. Bach - Organ Concerto in G Major after Johann Ernst Prinz von Sachsen Weimar BWV 592.
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello, Lutheran Youth and Parentage!

We got some Good Work done Saturday and Sunday! It was great to see new friends coming to join us in creating the small quilts for the detained children in El Paso. I think we had 12 people in the hall!

It was also good to bake oatmeal cookies, although Note to Selves: we should calibrate the oven temps next time, check with a thermometer...

So are you around this weekend, with Columbus Day Monday? If yes, would you be interested in a lock-in on Sunday night? That would be October 13. Please text me asap if you would like to do that-we can do more quilt assembly, create some music, food and other activities.

And we're on for this Saturday, Oct. 12, for quilting in the afternoon-I think every weekend until the minibus takes off for Texas! How is 1:00pm? Do let me know.

Thank you very much for your time and talent, peoples! Your Coord., Gail
Adult Formation

                                         ADULT FORUM 

In the Sunday forum we continue to look at Scripture through a Lutheran lens, discussing matters on which the church has changed its collective mind: slavery, ordination of women, divorce, homosexuality...what stimulated a second look at biblical texts, and on what basis did teaching and practice evolve?


Members of a local sustainability book group are joining with members of CLC this month to read Paul Greenberg's acclaimed book Four Fish, recommended by Pastor Bourret. Overfishing has decimated wild fish stock and farmed fish bring with them issues of pollution and contamination. What is our response?

 Join your Natick and Metrowest neighbors for a lively discussion of this last frontier of "wild food".

Wednesday evening, October 16, 7:00 p.m. (note the earlier starting time)

CLC@the Movies

Parents and teens may gain insight into the pressures of adolescence when viewing  Eighth Grade , the October selection for CLC@the Movies.

Earning a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was viewed by suburban teens who agreed with its truthfulness about their own lived experience.   Although rated R for some language and sexual material, the teens agreed that there was nothing in the film they hadn't already heard.

Join us on Sunday, October 20 at 4 p.m. for the film screening, followed by a potluck meal featuring memorable cafeteria food. No time to cook? Come anyway!

Led by Pastor Richard Hurst, the Bible study group meets each Thursday at the church. We invite you to join with us as we gather for coffee and refreshments at 9:45 a.m. in the Memorial Room so that the hour discussion/study can begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Call to Action
If you have not yet returned a pledge card and time & talent form, please do! How close to a 100% response can we come? Some things to keep in mind:
  • Every pledge helps in crafting a responsible budget.
  • Faithful giving is proportionate, significant (not necessarily "sacrificial," but noticeable), and grateful.
  • About 96% of our budget of $300,000+ comes from adult offerings. (A small portion comes from rental and investment income.)
This Sunday-and every Sunday-please use the buff-colored bulletin insert to indicate your ability to contribute your gifts to CLC's mission, as well as to indicate pastoral needs and/or changes in contact information.                                                                               

Looking Ahead
The announcement in last week's e-news regarding a jazz service this month was in error! We  will welcome Ross Petot and Co. as musicians for the 4:30 Christmas Eve service.

On Reformation Sunday, we'll mark this congregation's ongoing reformation in a couple of ways: music will be provided by both the foundational pipe organ as well as several ensembles, and we'll dedicate the new church chairs that will make our worship space much more adaptable to various worship needs: the configuration of the assembled worshipers, room for movement and musical ensembles, and space, from time to time, for liturgical art.

The following Sunday, All Saints Sunday, CLC will gather for Evening Prayer around the topic of immigration. Linda Hartke, former CEO and Executive Director of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, will be our guest preacher, and global music will punctuate our prayer.
Dinner and conversation with Ms. Hartke will follow. A freewill offering will be received to offset costs; any surplus will go toward the minibus for Cristo Rey.

Be sure to stay for coffee hour after worship on October 20, when Fiona Ripp will give us a glimpse of her transformative visit to Gambia this summer

On Sunday, October 13,  we celebrate the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost ,  10:00 a.m. worship.  Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
October 13, 2019  

It's a miracle! Multiple miracles! The waters of holy baptism have healed us. The body and blood of Jesus in holy communion have made us clean. We have died with Christ and been raised with him. For all this we have returned to offer thanks. From this place we are sent on our way rejoicing to share the good news. .

            First Reading                           Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
          2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c                   Ps 111                      2 Tim 2:8-15                      Luke 17:11-19
Sing For Joy
Enhance your understanding of the weekly scripture readings by listening to Sing For Joy http://www.stolaf.edu/singforjoy/ from St. Olaf College.  The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College , has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.
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