The Homesteader - October 27,  2016
What Matters More than Winning an Election
by Rev. Rod Reed, Dayspring
With the Presidential election in full swing, people can forget that, what's even more important than who we choose to vote for is how we, as Christians, present ourselves to others throughout and after the election, especially with those whose political views differ from our own.

"It is difficult to demonstrate the love of God, if we don't love his people (even if the candidate we hope doesn't get elected). This type of grace and love doesn't happen often in our culture, and when Christians act in ways that reflect Jesus in this way, our world takes notice." 
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Does your Congregation Suffer from Anxiety?
The Parish Papers, by Cynthia Woolever
This article examines how anxiety within a church can be detrimental to a church's growth. It discusses how shifting the focus of a church's congregation from what is wrong with the church to a "'promotion focus,' the tendency to reach for new opportunities and rewards," helps a church grow and adapt as their congregation's goals and memberships change as well. 
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Who's Who in the Homestead Presbytery
Rev. Lana Likens
Commissioned Ruling Elder-
Alexandria Presbyterian church
Rev. Likens lives on a farm outside of Fairbury, Nebraska, with her husband, Tony. They have two children, Trevin, who is 19 years old, and Toriann, who is 16 years old. Rev. Likens has also  been the full-time director of Public Relations at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury for 23 years
Favorite Bible Verse: 
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1
In this issue
LAST WEEK TO APPLY!
Outstanding Homesteader Application
Nominations are currently being accepted for the Robert Giles Outstanding Homesteader award, which honors clergy and laity in the Presbytery who have made outstanding contributions to church and community life. Nominations will be accepted through October 31st. 
Blessing Opportunity  2 Corinthians 9:7-8
 
Rockford Work Camps Need Tools and Cash for Materials

Rockford Urban Ministries in Rockford, Illinois is in need of tools and cash for materials to be used to help those living in poverty through home repair, servicing at food pantries, helping in youth programs, and more! Items needed include Miter Saws, Air compressors, cordless drills/screwdrivers, screw and nails, paint supplies, safety glasses, dust masks, work gloves, and more. Donations can be sent to: Work Camps c/o RUM at 201 7th St, Rockford, IL, 61104 or by contacting Danice at 815-315-3957. Please go to their website by CLICKING HERE to learn more!
October is Pastor Appreciation Month!
October is Clergy Appreciation Month!  How will you show your appreciation to your pastor?  Send an email to krisp@homesteadpres.org  and you will be anonymously added to a list on the Presbytery Facebook group.  No ideas? CLICK HERE  for ideas!
Keep Thinking...
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's word is attacked yet I remained silent. -John Calvin
Lectionary Reading: Gospel Luke 18:9-14
"He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted."