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Sunday was our 4th week of our A Church Full of Yes! worship series and Rev. Ron preached about Jesus’s call to open-handed generosity. In the story of the rich young ruler who comes to Jesus, he is challenged to not just obey the letter of the law (keep the commandments) but to do one more thing:” go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” (Matt. 19:21) Jesus’s point is not to make the man destitute (there is a little bit of hyperbole at work here!) but he is trying to free him (and us) from ever believing that our worth or security comes from our stuff (and he had a lot of it). Rev. Ron encouraged all of us to look at our pledge cards as prayer cards this week, a chance to reflect on how much of ourselves we are willing to commit in time and resources to the church in 2020. Worship also included a fun Mumford & Sons kind of vibe at 9:30am with mandolin, banjo & guitars leading the music.

We welcomed guests from Winter Relief in worship on Sunday and bid farewell to the 40 men and women whom we were privileged to host for a week early the next morning as they moved on to their new church home. We are grateful for all the time we had to spend together and we ask that you continue to hold our guests in your prayers Many thanks to everyone who helped to welcome them with such grace and hospitality, our church at its very best. Special thanks to Carolyn Heim and Pam Sherman for their great leadership!

The Elementary Christmas Choir will rehearse weekly starting Monday, November 11 at 6:30pm. All children 1st-5th grade are welcome. We will sing in worship at the 5pm Christmas Eve service. Contact Paul Ford with questions. Family Music Time continues to meet Sundays 9-9:20am in the Choir Room (110). We will be preparing music for the 3pm Christmas Eve Service. Children 2 years – kindergarten are invited even if you cannot attend Christmas Eve worship. Contact Holly Slack for more info.

A Church Full of Yes Consecration Sunday will take place on Sunday, November 17. Watch your mail this week for more details about how you can commit to deepen your faith and support the ministries of our church in 2020.  You can also help us to end 2019 strong! In spite of the great year we have had ministry-wise, we find ourselves in a deeper-than-normal hole financially with a $100K deficit to make up before the end of the year. Your generosity can make a huge difference as we seek to fully fund all of our ministries. Put a dent in our deficit!

Women’s Christmas Tea: We are celebrating our 10th annual Christmas Tea for all women of any age on December 1, 1:30-3:30pm with delicious food and wonderful entertainment. Hostesses can choose to decorate their own table or a committee member will do one for you. Contact Dawn Cullis for additional information.