Deaths Big and Little
"If I die,
leave the balcony open.
The little boy is eating oranges.
(From my balcony I can see him.)
The reaper is harvesting the wheat.
(From my balcony I can hear him.)
If I die,
leave the balcony open!"
This little poem by Federico Garcia Lorca is one I'm going to read this Sunday for All Saints Sunday. I'm going to read it in the community because it is about community, and ultimately the festival of All Saints is about community, too.
People think it's about the dead, but it is actually about community.
Lorca's dying wish is to die with others. And not just any others, but the various others he shared life with: like the random boy at the grocery and the little farm worker down the way.
And I have to think he wants to do this because these are the people he has already shared death with, the little deaths that come with truly living.
My big death at the end of my time is not the thing I dread the most. I dread the little deaths.
The little deaths like losing a job or having to move. The little deaths like having the kids move out of the house. The little deaths like changing your mind, transforming your life, and the small disappointments that come with being imperfect and living in an imperfect world.

This Sunday's Readings
Matthew 5:1-12

All Saints Sunday  We will celebrate the lives of our loved ones who entered the Church Triumphant this Sunday. Bring a picture of someone dear to you that has passed away, and place it at the front of the church.
Daylight Savings Time Ends  Be sure to turn your clocks back an hour on Saturday night!
This is the Last Sunday to Purchase Your Tickets for the Advent Festival on Sunday, November 19, 12:15-3:00 pm  $12/household includes catered lunch, wreath making and a chance to explore how we can let our light shine in the lives of others this Advent season. Tickets on sale  on The City through November 8.
Food Drive sponsored by Senior Adult Ministry  Grab a bag outside the Sanctuary and head to the store to support North Raleigh Ministries' food pantry. Bring filled bags back to church by next Sunday. 
Autumn in the Sanctuary  Bring in pumpkins and gourds to decorate the Sanctuary each Sunday. Plastic plates will be available.

Volleyball in the Fellowship Hall - Wednesday, November 8   Youth and adults are invited to join in pickup games anytime from 6:30-8:30 pm. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a friend. Volleyball is great for your body and for your soul!
Preschool Book Fair - Thursday, November 9, 6:00-8:00 pm  It's Pizza in PJs Storytime! Bring your children, their grandparents, or their friends and enjoy some pizza! Kids will enjoy storytime while you shop. Not able to attend? Shop books for infants through adults online at 
Interested in Good Shepherd? Want to know more about religion in general? 
 Join us for the Way of the Shepherd all-church study on Sunday, November 12, 9:30-10:30 am in Fellowship Hall. We'll gather for food and conversation on the topic, "Who is God, anyway?" Everyone is invited, but especially those interested in formally joining Good Shepherd.
Budget Forum - Sunday, November 12, 12:00-12:30 pm
  Join us for a brief review of the proposed 2018 Spending Plan (Budget) and an opportunity to have any questions answered. The vote to approve the Spending Plan will take place at the Annual Congregational Meeting on December 10.
More information about upcoming events is available in  this week's bulletin announcements.
The November edition of The Shepherd's Voice is available  online.
Health and Healing  for Harold Barndt; Carlton Pernell, father of Courtney Pernell; Kari Harper, mother of Ellen Dickson; Kevin Marcus, friend of Gayle McCarthy; Courtney McLaren, daughter of Sue Ragone; and Jim Stelfox, uncle of Cortney Tyson.
Safekeeping for Capt. Gary Clark; Jake Edwardson; Nathan Anderson; Emily Graff; Megan Hutzenbuhler; Bryan Lester; Lt. John Gibson  III ; and Major Anthony Coulter.
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