Hello St. John’s Church Family,

The church buildings are all a-buzz today, with activity growing and growing in preparation for Saturday’s Silent Auction and Harvest and Holly Fair!!  I hope you are helping out in at least one way – but hopefully even more.  This is a repeat from last week, but let me run through a list of items that we would love to have donated by YOU to sell:  items (new or in great shape) for the Silent Auction; homemade candies or chex-mix; baked goods, including homemade pies; items for the white elephant room (please don’t bring computer equipment or exercise equipment – they don’t sell); books, puzzles and games; Christmas crafts; costume jewelry; good quality, clean, formal and semi-formal women’s clothing and accessories.  And don’t forget that Lenny will be sharpening knives, and I’ll be taking orders for Christmas wreaths.  And of course we’ll have our wonderful breakfast/lunch counter open all day!!  Finally, PLEASE plan to hang around after 1 PM to help with clean-up and resetting of our facilities.

And just because you’ll all be tired from working so hard at the fair and silent auction, I’ve decided that when you go to bed on Saturday night, you can turn your clocks back an hour and get an extra hour’s worth of sleep!!  How’s that for offering great pastoral care?  Really though, it’s the end of daylight savings time, so remember to “fall back” with your clock.  Besides not getting enough rest, you’ll arrive late for worship on Sunday if you don’t!!

And on Sunday we’ll begin our Stewardship emphasis for this fall – and also “remember the saints” of the church, and in our lives.  At this All Saints Sunday worship, there will be an opportunity to light candles in remembrance of our loved ones who have died over the last twelve months.  We’ll remember the eight members of the church who have died, and then anyone who wishes will be given the opportunity to come forward to light a candle as well, for their loved one(s).  And then to witness to the fact that the church marches on, we’ll receive a couple new members into the life and ministry of St. John’s Church!!  We’re anticipating a great day, where the Spirit of the Lord will move in ways to bless us all.

The men of St. John’s are reminded that this Sunday is also our monthly breakfast meeting, at 7:30 AM.  Y’all come, now . . .  heah?

We have a Small Study Group Opportunity comin’ up – “Native Americans and the Acts of Repentance” and what it means to us as Methodists in a predominately non-native section of the country.  A six week study led by Todd Warfield.  The class will be offered on Sundays, from 2:00 till 3:30pm, October 26 – Nov 30.  Sign-up sheet is in Hartford Hall.  Check it out!!

I hope you’ll all exercise your civic duty, and go out to vote on Tuesday, November 4th.  And besides the privilege of voting, won’t we enjoy the freedom we’ll experience from those political ads on television?!?!  I can hardly wait to get back to boring, old ads for cars and laundry detergent and restaurants!!

Our youth group, REVIVE – a time for YOUth, is looking forward to our support in providing baskets of thanksgiving meals for people in our communities!!  The “feathers” are on the turkey on the bulletin board just inside the door to Hartford Hall.  And the collection box is on the floor right in front of the board.  But even if you don’t pick up some feathers, you can purchase some of the “standard” Thanksgiving Day items and bring them in.  Financial gifts are also being accepted, to be used toward the purchase of the turkeys and other perishable items.  Thanks!!

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.  The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human being because even though it was a very large mammal, its throat was very small.  The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.  Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.  The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah.”  The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?”  The little girl replied, “Then you ask him.”

That’s all for today.  See you at the fair/silent auction, and in church!!  Peace, Mark