Pastor’s Weekly E-Mail Message – November 9, 2014

Are you ready???  Are you ready for Jesus to come and guide you into unknown territory of faith and obedience?  The Gospel Reading for this coming Sunday (Matthew 25:1-13, see below) is about some maidens who were ready and some who were NOT ready for the weeding feast to end all wedding feasts.  Come to worship and explore where YOU might be in this parable.  Actually, as children of God and followers of Jesus, we live as people of hope; we can be ready for anything!

 November 9 is also our Sunday for Remembrance and Gratitude for all Veterans.  Come and thank the Veterans who will be present in person and in prayer.

Tickets are now available for the December 6 FREE Community Holiday Dinner.  The dinner is from 2-7 PM at the Riegelsville Fire House.  You can choose a ticket for the dinner time that best suits you – 2 PM, 3 PM, 4PM, 5 PM, or 6PM.  Joe Hlavaty has plenty of tickets for each seating time, and he will be at worship each Sunday in November to distribute them.

Can you help fund the dinner by baking something for the upcoming Bake Sale to be held during the Firehouse Breakfast on November 16? You can bring your baked goods to the Firehouse beginning at 7:30 AM.  Thanks in advance for your help!

Here is some important information on the upcoming Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service, which will be held on Sunday, November 23 at 4 PM at Christ Lutheran Church in Springtown.  Representatives from Christ Lutheran, Trinity Lutheran, Pleasant Valley, Trinity UCC, Pleasant Valley, Salem UMC, Springtown, and ELC of Durham will all help to lead the service.  There will be a joint choir under the direction of Carolyn Williams.  Food and Fellowship will follow the service.

There will be 3 special offerings:  1) non-perishable food for the Lord’s Pantry, 2) a cash offering for the Lord’s Pantry, and 3) NEW clothing items for children age 7-14 of the Martin Luther-Silver Springs School for abused or neglected kids.  The items specifically requested are:  Winter hats, gloves (not mittens), sweatshirts (with or without hoods), and socks.  Both Child and Adult sizes Small, Medium, and Large are requested.  Clothing should be brought unwrapped to the service.  If you are unable to end the November 23 Thanksgiving Service, you can bring your new clothing items to Sunday worship here at church on November 9, 16, or 23, and we will deliver it for you.

Code Blue Ministry with the Homeless of Upper Bucks is less than a month away.  A variety of volunteers are needed, but you MUST attend training on Sunday afternoon, November 16.  Please contact me immediately at 610-346-8314 if you’re interested.

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Matthew 25:1-13 – The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids

25‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” 9But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.” 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.” 12But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.


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