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LOOKING TO SUNDAY WORSHIP
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - All Saints Sunday

8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship; 10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Preacher: Pastor Dan Nordin


Minister's Musings

Grief is Hard Work!

My mom died 8 years ago and my dad died 21 years ago. Both of these deaths still bring a tinge of pain when I think of them and their deep loss in my life! Grief is exhausting and the path through this pain is seldom quick and always unpredictable.

Many of us have experienced the death of a significant loved one sometime in our lives. Our paths are obviously different yet we share the common yearning for hope as we journey through the agony of grief. We all long to know and to be told over and over again that death has been conquered once and for all.

Sunday is “All Saints Sunday.” We will be passing out carnations to family members of those who have died and whose funeral was here at church, or at a local funeral home, within this past year.

The ringing of the bell as we read the names of those who have died this past year at Our Saviour’s is a haunting reminder of the finality of death. Yet, we will also be reminded of the resurrection promise that we have in Christ the risen Lord. We firmly hold onto that promise, but we still hurt.

All Saints Sunday is always bitter-sweet. Reflecting on the people who have touched our lives with love and are no longer with us, will bring us back to the pain of death. But we also hear the life-giving Good News of Christ’s resurrection which promises new life.

On Sunday I will be telling the story of my beloved sister-in-law, Shirley, who asked about her “robe” in the days before her death. It is a powerful story of Christ’s promise for all of us. Hope you can be in worship to hear it!

Following worship we will be dedicating the columbarium at 11:15 a.m. We will also have the first columbarium committal service for Larry Mickelson after the dedication. Our beloved Brice Bloxham, who will be ordained at Our Saviour’s on December 2, will be participating in this committal service for his grandfather, Larry. Hope you can be there!

Blessings to all who are grieving and longing to hear the story of resurrection promise one more time!

Pastor Dan
LOOKING TO WEDNESDAY WORSHIP
IGNITE COME ALIVE!
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Preacher: Leisha Tays,
Director of Youth & Confirmation Ministries

Wednesday Community Meal - 4:30-6:25 p.m.
All are invited to this meal. the cost is $4/person
November 7 Menu: Lasagna, bread, and salad

November Series:  What’s My Line?  
Different people will share stories of finding their path in life. 
 
ALL CHURCH TURKEY BINGO
Thurs. Nov. 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m., for ALL AGES, birth-105

You are invited! This ALL age event is a fundraiser for Children’s Ministry. There will be BINGO, treats, prizes, and plenty of fun to go around. Bring $2 per person/ $10 family max, and a Turkey Basket donation item for NACE (list available at Turkey Basket Items ). Grand prize: a frozen turkey. Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! Be sure to sign up on the Children/Youth board.  
COMMUNION INSTRUCTION CLASS
Sat., Nov. 10, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

As your child gets older, has been communing or is choosing to wait to commune, and is able to enter into conversation more deeply, take advantage of the Communion Instruction Class. This interactive class is open to any age, including adults. Parents/guardians please plan to attend the class with your child. Register online at Communion Class Registration.
SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Sun., Nov. 18, 11:15 a.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to grant the City of East Bethel an easement for the installation of utilities and the upgrading of 189th St. (gravel road south of church). Thanks for your attendance at this meeting! Mark Kramm, Council President  
Fair Trade Products
Take time to check out the many Fair Trade products available in the Gathering Space today, following worship. A variety of coffees, teas, chocolate, and more are available. Your purchase will help ensure that more of the money you spend on these products reaches the farmers who grow it.
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