1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
-Hebrews 11:1-3

Dear Friends,
As I write this message to you, I am thinking of All Saints Day. I all of my time in ministry, this is one of my favorite Sundays. This is a sacred day when we are invited to remember those who we’ve loved and lost.

It is the day that we remember:
the empty seat at the table
the laughter no longer heard
the items once left around the house that we’d love to see again
the sound of footsteps that once approached the door
the little annoyances that in retrospect don’t seem so annoying
the smiles not seen
the tears still shed

None of us has approached All Saints Day in the midst of a pandemic. We don’t have immediate experience in mourning such great loss. For many of us, the effects of the pandemic still seem to be far away, and we look with trepidation at the news of infections in our nation…state…county…city, while wondering if or when it will engulf us. As cases and hospitalizations and deaths increase around the country, I pray for all those affected. Lord in your mercy.

It has been almost 8 months since our lives were disrupted. For our church and preschool, the economic impact has been difficult, and I pray for those who’ve been furloughed as I pray for people throughout our country and the world who are suffering dire financial impacts. Lord in your mercy.

How do we mourn such losses? I thought that maybe we could have 1 second of silence for each person who has died so far from this disease. But when I googled how long that would be, I learned that 225,000 seconds is 62.5 hours! Lord in your mercy.

I know that many of you are struggling with the impact and the social isolation. Add to that the stress of our national discourse and it is easy to feel down. I’d say it’s normal to feel down. This is not a pep talk! Instead it is an encouragement to feel whatever you are feeling and to know the God in God’s mercy is with you…loving you while encouraging you in your love of others.

Blessings to you,
Pastor Nancy
Preschool News
 
Each year we use November as a thankful month. We will be talking about being thankful to God for our many blessings and learning how we can share those blessings with others less fortunate than ourselves.
 
On November 19thand 20th, each classroom will prepare a food item to share with their own class at our Thanksgiving Feast. During our Thanksgiving Feast, we will talk about sharing with others, caring about
others and understanding that it takes lots of people to prepare food for so many children. After Friday, November 20th, our school will be closed for Thanksgiving week. We will also be having a See's Candies Fundraiser You can pick up an order form in the preschool or church office or shop online! The link to our online store will be made available on Monday 11/2/2020
 
I hope you all enjoy your family and have a wonderful Thanksgiving,
Mrs. Kerry Roman
          
Operation L.O.V.E. Update
the Operation LOVE quilts were sent with Lutheran World Relief, a ministry of US Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas. Thank you to our volunteers who made this possible.

We were able to make 17 Quilts and 104 School Kits!
The school Kits were distributed to the local community and the rest were sent overseas with the quilts!
Thanksgiving to Christmas Challenge
Church Council
The October council meeting will be held on
November 9, 2020 at 7pm via ZOOM
Notice of Annual Budget Meeting
Members of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer:

Please note your calendar for the Annual Budget Meeting on November 15, 2020 following worship in person or via Zoom. You will be acting on the Proposed Budget for 2021.
Zoom Meeting ID: 881 3924 8670

The Proposed Budget will be placed in your Church Mail Box on November 8th. Please review this material in advance as it will greatly help to facilitate discussions and questions.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will be present to lead and guide us to do the will of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Blessings,

Robin Tribbitt
Council President


 
Operation LOVE
This month's meetings:
November 4
November 11
November 18
9:30 a.m. in the Coffee Room

The quilting group "Operation LOVE" at Our Redeemer has been creating quilts for the Lutheran World Relief quilt ministry for many years. Our quilts are sent annually to Lutheran World Relief for distribution to those in need around the world.

Anyone interested in participating in this ongoing project is encouraged to join the group at any time. Sewing/quilting experience is not essential since there are many different ways to give assistance as needed.
Birthdays
If you would like to be added to our birthday list, please let us know so that we can add you. You can let us know by replying to this e-mail or calling the church office at (805) 983-0612.