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Words From The Pastor - October 2014

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’’  Matthew 9: 36-38

Jesus knew the people he spoke to. They were farmers. They grew crops and harvested them. And they prayed for enough rain to make it a good harvest. October is the beginning of harvest time for those in our part of the world. For us at Christ Church, October is time for our “Harvest Festival.” The produce of our “harvest” include jewelry, clothing, toys, snacks, baked goods, and much more. As we offer these things to the community at a great price, let’s also think about the harvest of people who will enter our building and receive our hospitality.

Jesus looked at those around him and could sense their stress and how they had been ‘beaten down’ by all the challenges in their lives. He saw them as potential followers who, through Christ, could find a new beginning, a new joy, a new power for living. He called on ‘laborers’ to bring in this potential harvest of souls.

The harvest of those in need of help, hope, faith, a church in their lives begins with a friendly “welcome to Christ Church.” So many around us see our big building but know so little of who we are and what we offer. Some of them will enter our building on October 18th.  Let’s make the big event of our “Harvest Festival” a time to come together as a church and give them our best! 

Blessings,

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Help is Available for writing your Advent Devotional!

Thank you for your response on writing an Advent devotional for the devotional booklet Christ Church members are producing. We have almost half of the volunteers needed for this project. This means there is plenty of room for you to write a devotional also.

Pat Kunzel has graciously agreed to work with anyone who would like to write a devotional but is unsure about their ability to do so. She will meet with you, take your ideas, and write the devotional to your specifications and approval. Pat will be available in the church library following worship on Sunday, October 5.

The theme for our Christ Church Advent devotional is “Season of Joy.” Your assignment is to write a devotion and to connect it to your experience of the joy of the season leading up to Christmas. I challenge you even if you are not experiencing much joy in your life right now. What is, and where is, the joy in preparing to celebrate Christ’s birth?  How might we all find it anew this year?

We encourage you to sign up and e mail your devotion to church@uccchristchurch.org or mail it to the church as soon as possible.  Advent begins on November 30th. Our deadline to receive devotionals is Tuesday November 4th.

Blessings,

Pastor Jeff

Summer is over and you know what that means!

Harvest
Festival
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