Enews: Sunday, November 8, 2020

Dear Friend,

 
There is a strong connection between hope, wisdom and connection. Without hope, we struggle to stay the course, and we make foolish, impulsive mistakes. With hope, we discover stamina and perseverance we didn’t know we had, and we are able to slow ourselves down and move beyond our fear to the choices that bring life.
May our upcoming worship renew our hope, and, through it, give us strength to commit to, and the wisdom to act in alignment with, God’s always coming reign – for which we remain always watchful.
READINGS :

Joshua challenges the people to turn from their idols and serve only God, and they commit to doing so.
 
 
A call for people to hear a message of God’s greatness and goodness, remembering how God gave the people laws and instructions so that they and their children could remember God’s deeds and hope in God.
A word of encouragement to remind the believers that death is not the end, but that believers, both dead and alive, will enjoy life eternal in union with Christ, which is our Christian hope.
 
Jesus tells a story about bridesmaids who are waiting for the arrival of the bridegroom at a wedding. Some have extra oil and are able to wait for as long as it takes, while others, who do not have extra, have to leave to find more and so miss the groom’s arrival. Then, when they return, they are shut out and not allowed in. Then Jesus encourages his hearers to be alert.
Prayer of Brokenness
Ancient of Days, we make plans and predictions, but who are we? Mere mortals who have only a glimpse of what tomorrow brings. We don’t presume to understand what You know, O God, but we do know that You have been with us since the beginning, and You will see us through. You are the one who knows the hairs on our heads, who whispers our names, who knows the deep wounds we live with in our hearts.
We come to You in our brokenness, in our aching, in our sighing, because You are the Great Physician. Heal us, O God. Heal our bodies and spirits. Heal our families, neighbors, communities. Heal our cities, our nation, our world. Heal us, O God, by restoring our hope, our faith in one another. Heal us by helping us to be whole again, to let go of the practices that cause harm, and cling to ways of justice, mercy, and peace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Monday 11.9
 “A House Divided” Discussion on ZOOM @ 7:30pm with Pastor Bonnie
Wednesday 11.11
Coffee Chat with the Ministry Team @ 6:30pm on Facebook live
Thursday 11.12
Music Rehearsals @ 6:00pm
Video Recording
Saturday 11.14
Saturday, November 14, Virtual NIC Annual Conference 
 
Christian Formation Hour…. Sundays at 8:45am on ZOOM
We still have books available at the office. Interested call and get your book today! $15.00
Lombard Villa Park Food Pantry
Toy Shop Volunteers & Toys Needed
The Food Pantry will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for ages

newborn to 2 and 8-12 unisex from now until December 10th when toys will be sorted.

If you would like to donate, you may drop off the toy(s) in the church office.  Tuesday or Thursday 8:30 to 12:30, please call ahead! We are still following strictly the Covid19 protocols!!  If these times do not work for you, call and we will arrange another time for you.
Thank you for your generosity!

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Please note that on Thursdays along with musical rehearsals, ALL MUSICAL pieces and parts of the Sunday’s Worship service will be recorded. 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Please email Jennifer with any of your Prayer Requests.  Thank you!

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