It has been a hectic time for me, between observing the rummage sale for the first time, flying off to Atlanta, and getting a cold, it's felt like life is non-stop. Today, I'll head to San Diego for my cousin's wedding. Lord willing, I will be back in time for Holy Communion on Sunday.
Deacon Joe Mayntz has graciously agreed to preach this coming Sunday. His sermon will be on Love as the Law of Christian life. He's allowed me to preview it, and it'll be excellent. You won't want to miss it.
Pledge Card Season
We will start handing out pledge cards this coming Sunday. All Saints is the first church I've worked at that does pledges, so the vestry has graciously been leading me through the process. Please be in prayer about how you can support our work for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Filling out and returning pledge cards are not mandatory, but they do help the budget committee plan for to coming year and allows us to take time to be good stewards of the church's money. We will be collecting them on November 5th.
Men's and Women's Bible Study
Mark your calendars for October 21st 9 am! Men are continuing through the Essential 100 stories of the Bible, and the Women are continuing their study of the Book of Ruth. Following the Bible study, several of the ladies will be heading to Phoenix to visit Marilyn Olson. I would encourage everyone who can to attend as this gives us time together to ask questions and explore topics we don't necessarily get to dig deeply into in our Sunday morning worship.
Going into the Hospital?
If you have a planned or acute hospital visit, please let me know. People often feel as though they are bothering their priest when they call on him for such things. I assure you it is no bother, and I want to be there for you.
Aliens and Strangers - thoughts on Church growth and Christian Living
Perhaps one of the most challenging calls as a Christian is to be Aliens and Strangers in the land. When we are called to be Christians we brought to a new life, we are called to live differently than our neighbors. We are called to let the love of Christ define our life rather than the love of the world. To live differently, we are called to care genuinely for the hurting and the struggling, being committed to speaking honestly about sin, and the gospel, and living differently in our public and private life. All we do is called to be a reflection of Christ in us.
When we do this, others will take note and be attracted to our life and our church. So let us learn to be aliens and strangers, that the light of Christ in us may shine brightly.
As always, I am looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church