NORTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
Thursday, October 28, 2021
The church office will close today at 11:00.
Words from Pastor Jim
In Deuteronomy 6 we read the great prayer of Judaism known as the Shema ("Hear"):
"Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might." For a Jew, to pray the Shema was to embrace the reality of God's kingdom not as some abstract other worldly concept but as a deeply personal reality that required a response of prayer, love and faithfulness.

But the response to the Shema required physical obedience as well as spiritual. In Deuteronomy there is a daily physical presence as a reminder of the obligation. It says: "Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the door posts of your house and on your gates." The Shema and the response to the One God who was their God was to be visible no matter where they were.

Paul, searching for a way to establish his Christian identity in the pagan lands through which he travelled declared a new Shema: "Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist."

"For whom we exist," and through whom we exist." If you believe that then we have no need to explain why we worship the Lord. It is not because of what Jesus has done for us. It is about who our God is and what we owe our God.

Pastor Jim
THIS SUNDAY at NORTHMINSTER
THIS WEEK'S SCRPTURE READINGS
OLD TESTAMENT READING
Deuteronomy 6:1-9

NEW TESTAMENT READING
Hebrews 9:11-14

GOSPEL READING
Mark 12:28-34
SUNDAY'S SERMON

"Shema"
by Pastor Jim Crawford

LAST SUNDAY'S SERMON
"What Do You Want"
by Pastor Jim Crawford

Attendance Last Sunday - 32

Ministry Partners for Sunday, October 31
Liturgist - Sue Paradis
Ushers - Mike & Sherry Jacobsen
OFFERING PROCEDURES
Please continue drop your offering envelopes in the plate as you enter the sanctuary through either of the rear doors. The plate will not be passed during the service.
Until you return to in person services remember to...

(1) Mail in your offerings or
drop in the mail slot located to the right of the front door.

(2) Simply click the DONATE tab located on the website.
THIS WEEK at NORTHMINSTER

CHOIR PRACTICE
Tonight at 7:00 p.m.
COMING SOON

TIME CHANGE
Sunday, November 7

You'll set your clocks backward!
Z-z-z-z-z


ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY
November 7

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY
November 14
2022 OFFERING ENVELOPES
will be available soon.
The number on your envelopes may change in 2022.
THE MINISTRY of NORTHMINSTER

ANOTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
There's a place of service for everyone at Northminster! Now that we are getting organized again following the pandemic, we need to reinstate the counting teams.
Whether you served as a counter pre-COVID and are willing to continue or new to the job, please contact the office or sign up at the Welcome Desk on Sunday.
MORE DRIVERS ARE NEEDED
for Joyce Rake
Currently Joyce has three appointments per week which requires six trips.
If you can help on a regular or occasional basis for the 1:30 or 5:30 time slot, please contact Barb in the church office or sign up on Sunday at the Welcome Desk. Some helpful instructions are available for you.
RAHAB MINISTRY
DONATIONS
October Needs Below!
RAHAB MINISTRY meets the needs of women and children who have been caught in the sex trafficking industry.
Full-Size Bottles of Body Wash and Lotion
New Blankets
The blankets are used by the advocates when they go
out with the police to help victims.
New or Gently Used Coats
Paper Towels
Donations can be dropped off during the week between 9:00 and 12:00 or brought in on Sunday.



OCTOBER
BIRTHDAYS

29 - Claudia Weltman
30 - Susan Hill

NOVEMBER
BIRTHDAYS

5 - Joanne Sogan
10 - Debra Pierpont
11 - Katie Tarbert
15 - Ann Pittman
15 - Micki Williams
17 - Barry Lowry
20 - Jo Ann Swope
23 - Ginny West

NOVEMBER
ANNIVERSARIES

26 - Jesse & Ann Pittman
27 - Gordy & Tina East

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS
Continued...

24 - Lloyd Groves
28 - Mark Morris
29 - Susan Verble

NORTHMINSTER HOMEBOUND
This Week's Featured Member

SCOTT TANNEHILL
St. Luke Lutheran Community
220 Applegrove St. NE
North Canton, OH 44720
PRAYER REQUESTS

IN ORDER TO KEEP PRAYER REQUESTS CURRENT PLEASE
CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE TO
UPDATE OR REMOVE REQUESTS ON A REGULAR BASIS.


  • Robin Cutcher (friend of Cindy Taylor) is in pain and needs surgery to be rescheduled.
  • Mark DeGalen (friend of Cindy Taylor) is having some tests done. Continued prayer needed.
  • Fred Hill (Jerry's brother) has Stage 4 small cell cancer.
  • Jayne Kidder is in hospice care (Level 6).
  • Lori (Tina East's sister) has several current medical concerns.
  • Pastor Nominating Committee: Jerry Hill; Jeannine Swaffield; Jeff Weltman; Ginny West; Jim York
  • Joyce Rake is at home and has started dialysis.
  • Mark Reels - Cancer
  • John Ritchie (coworker of Susan Verble) - Lymphoma
  • Carl Simpson (Joanne Sogan's son-in-law) - Medical condition.
  • Larry Sprandel (son-in-law of Joanne Sogan) is a paraplegic (15 years). Please continue to pray.
  • David Swope (Jo Ann's son) has a serious infection in his body and some cardiac problems. Jo Ann is very concerned and is unable to visit him in the hospital.
  • Browning West (16) (grandson of Chuck & Ginny) - In need of your continued prayers.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday / 9:00 a.m. to Noon
2021 Per Capita - $30.59
Per Capita given to date is $986.82
ON the CALENDAR
Fellowship Hour
Sunday, November 21