Pastor's Weekly Update

October 11, 2018

Worship Focus:
This Sunday is “Part 2” of our two week focus on God’s blessing of the Christian family.  Last week, God reminded us that marriage is his design and institution as a blessing for society and as a unique proclamation of the Gospel.  This weekend we hear God encourage Christian homes by reminding us that we know a secret that makes it possible for us to live happy and content lives.  Come and hear what that secret is.
Scripture for Sunday: Genesis 1:27-31/Hebrews 13:1-6/Mark 10:17-27
Prayer Notes:
We pray for all those who have been affected by hurricane Michael, and also for our own area as we deal with water and wind right now.  We pray that God spare human life and limit the amount of damage and destruction.  We ask that the Lord would use this to remind us of our human limitations and how blessed we are to have a gracious God who has saved us from eternal destruction and then uses these times to turn our attention to him and his providence and promises.
Highlight Notes:
BIBLE STUDY SUNDAY (9:30-10:15 a.m.):
Youth: Solomon’s Wisdom
Teens/Adults: End Times – the Antichrist
BIBLE STUDY TUESDAY (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.) A women’s study based on a book called “Seamless.”
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY (10:30-11:30 a.m.) – Women’s: Parables of Jesus/Men’s: Revelation
Pumpkins arrive on Saturday (4:00 p.m.).  Your help unloading the big truck is much appreciated!
And…sign up on Sunday to help sell pumpkins (see the calendar and pick some dates).  Thanks!
Also…there are posters and flyers available.  Spread the word!
Finally…sign up to help with the Pumpkin Fest (October 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.).
Work day is Saturday (8:00 a.m. – noon), and we have lots to get done (playground mulch, trim bushes, power wash, wash signs, prepare the pumpkin patch, and more.  Even if you can come for an hour – great!  We also need hedge and bush trimmers.  If you have one, please bring it.
Looking for firewood?  In anticipation of road construction there are lots of logs that are yours, if you wish. 
Adult choir (a “Festival Choir” – rehearse for special dates) meets Sunday (11:35-12:15), and then on the 21st and 28th to sing for “All Saints Day” on November 4.  You are invited.
Other Notes:                                                                   
Bring in brown grocery bags!  It’s part of an outreach/charity effort for November.  See the drop box in the entryway.
Sign up to help deliver bags, pick up bags, or both.
Our softball team won the annual Blue Ridge Circuit Softball Challenge played last Sunday.  Way to go team!
Thank you to all who were able to attend or drive through for APA Spirit Night at Chick fil-A on Tuesday.  We had lots of people eating chicken – thanks for the great support!
See a new SCRIP board on Sunday, and consider purchasing cards for grocery shopping, haircuts, dining out, etc.
Birthdays/Anniversaries for this week:
Happy Birthday to: Stephanie Curtis, Mattson Culp, Estella Hagedorn, Wendell Hawkins, Cindy Tipton, and Melanie Skory
Congratulations! Celebrating a wedding anniversary: Dave & Marti Fowler.
                Note: If I am missing a birthday or anniversary, please let me know.
Serving this Sunday:
Greeters:  (E), Tollison (L)                                                            
Acolyte: Alyssa Skory
Ushers: Brandon Hood, Joel Grimstad (E), Jeff & Luke Skory, Mark White, Rich Martin (L) 
Organist: Liz Tiedemann                                                                               
Snacks: Ward, Pierson
Childcare (I/T): Julie Dalby, (P/K): Chantrey Beckstrom
Altar Guild: Sharon Stephen (E), Melanie Skory (L)          
Flowers: Swanson (Katie’s Birthday)
See you on Sunday or Monday!
- Pastor