The GLEN ELLYN INTERFAITH PRAYER BREAKFAST is next Wednesday, October 25, at 7:15 a.m. at the Abbington. I have reserved two tables for us. If you would like to attend, please let me know by Sunday after worship. Text, email, or phone me. -Wendy
After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
What does your heart look like? You can’t see your heart by looking in a mirror. We can only see the heart by seeing the heart’s activity. Our hearts can be seen by our words and actions.
How do we treat strangers? For example, when you are cruising around in a parking lot looking for a spot, what is your attitude toward the others who are searching as well? Are you competitive? Are you compassionate?
Last week I was in the parking lot talking to member of the church family when another member jogged by. She stopped her workout to say hi! That made my day. In a workout it is important maintain your heart rate, but she was willing to show her heart by stopping to share a moment. Her words and actions spoke about her heart. She brightened my day.
Last Saturday we had a rainy “clean up” Saturday, but we still had people come and demonstrate their love of God and one another by caring for our shared house, God’s house. On Sunday we had a group of people who welcomed our current artist and his guests into our church home as well. I talked to one woman who worships in a Catholic church in Wheaton, but she told me, “This church is a hidden treasure.” Later in the evening a group of us went to the Presbyterian & Muslim Interfaith Dinner in Oak Park. Our hearts were warmed not only by sharing a meal but by being able to show our love through our presence.
In a world of darkness we need to have our hearts shine with love. The apostle Paul said that King David was a man after God’s own heart. That means that though he had faults and grievous sins, he was always willing to return to God. That return was led by his heart.
This Sunday is Commitment Sunday; we will be recommitting our hearts to God’s work in South Glen Ellyn and beyond. Please come prayerfully. Take it from here.
Your pastor, partner, and friend
P.S. If you can’t be here on Sunday, be the church where you are. Please remember to send in your pledge cards so that the Session can plan for 2018 at their next session meeting, and remember to let your heart shine with God’s love wherever you are. Also, the next time someone steals your parking space, say a prayer for them.
P.P.S. For November 12 I am looking for a lamp post (freestanding) and fake fur coats. Please contact me directly if you can loan me any of these.
The “LADIES WHO LUNCH” will gather this afternoon (October 18) at 1:00 p.m. at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville. If you are a woman who enjoys trying different restaurants with others from Southminster, you’re invited!
If you enjoy reading and discussing what you’ve read, consider coming to PRESBYTERIAN READERS. (And you don’t even need to be Presbyterian!) The group will meet this evening (Wednesday, October 18) at 7:30 in the parlor to discuss “What the Lady Wants” by Renee Rosen. The group will also consider books for winter reading, so come with suggestions.
All women of the church are invited to WOMEN’S CIRCLE, meeting the third Friday of the month, which is this Friday, October 20. Please come to the parlor at 9:30 a.m. for an early look at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which we will observe in worship on October 29. The program will include a video that explores the larger political, economic, and theological context of Martin Luther’s bold call for reform in the Roman Catholic Church. Betty Eichin and Janet Birchall will be the hostesses, and Grace Van Beveren will give devotions.
This Friday, October 20, is the DEADLINE for the November Dialog and for any event you would like to have publicized outside the church. Send Dialog items to Barb via email; send outside publicity to Welcome and Outreach at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Sunday, October 22, is Commitment Sunday. If you haven’t already submitted your pledge for 2018, please bring your pledge card with you on Sunday, or we will have extra cards here. If you won’t be here on Sunday, please mail it to the church office, or email Heidi Shierry at email@example.com with your information. She will keep it confidential. Thank you.
THIS SUNDAY IN WORSHIP (October 22, 2017)
Liturgist: Lois Stevenson
Elder: Janey Sarther
Deacon: Barb Kocinski
Ushers: Tom & Bobbi Frey, Mike Hume, Dave Zink
Children’s Moment: Chris Vanderford
Fellowship: Julie Steele
Valet Parking: Steve Kozich
Please let the office know immediately if there are any changes to this schedule.
JUBILEE BUCKS: If you ordered last Sunday, pick up your gift cards this Sunday, October 22. Looking ahead to next month: Order on November 5 and 19; pick up orders on November 12 and 26. It’s not too early to start thinking about doing some early Christmas shopping! And “Share the Spirit” is coming – if you like to donate Jubilee Bucks gift cards to that mission, you will need to order them by November 19. (The donation deadline for “Share the Spirit” will be December 3.)
CHRISTIAN ED. NOTES:
– FALL EVENT: Christian Education is preparing for our Fall Ministry Event. We will no longer hold a Fall Festival on the last Sunday of October but instead are planning for an Advent Event on Sunday, November 12, at 11:00 in Fellowship Hall. The afternoon will include lunch, a brief Bible story, and an opportunity to “make and take” an Advent craft to celebrate the season leading up to Christmas! All in our church family are invited. Look for more details as we get closer to the event.
– CHRISTMAS: We are working on our plans for the CHRISTMAS PROGRAM. For this year we are reaching out to the members to see if anyone would like to share any musical gifts during the program. We are hoping to get a list of names and what type of music (singing, piano, etc.) so we can work with Tom Anderson. We are looking at the prelude and postlude music, as well as during the service itself. Please let us know if you or your child is willing to sing or play. Over the next few weeks we will be working out the details. And don’t worry, we will still have the adorable shepherds and angels singing at the top of their voices “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” Feel free to contact Marta Sundquist with any questions (630-414-7986).
WHAT’S AHEAD IN CHRISTIAN ED.?
October 22: Sunday School – David and Goliath
October 29: Sunday School – David Dances
November 5: Sunday School – Solomon Becomes King
– SUNDAY MORNING CLASS: Jeremiah was not all Jeremiads! Join us this Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Parlor to our study in the prophet Jeremiah and learn about how God keeps promises.
– The WOMEN’S SUNDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY GROUP meets most Sundays at 7:00 p.m. in the parlor. For more information, contact Ann Anderson at 630-469-2097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pizza and Games this Sunday. Bring friends, $4, and your smile. Also, it is time to sign up for Sleep Out Saturday—fun and sleeplessness for the whole family!
November 5 is ALL SAINTS SUNDAY. If you have a loved one, friend, or family member whose death occurred since last All Saints Day and whom you would like mentioned during our All Saints Prayer, please let us know BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, giving us their name and date of death. You can help us be as accurate as possible by providing correct spelling and leaving your name and phone number so we can check with you if we have any questions.
SLEEP OUT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4:
+ One way Southminster helps the homeless is by supporting Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing program, and Sleep Out Saturday is part of that. The evening of Nov. 4th church, business, and civic groups all over DuPage County will sleep outside to raise money for this cause. This is too important and too much fun to miss. Want to join the brave sleepers? Sign up on the Narthex bulletin board, and you will get an email from Bridge on how to set up your own donation page on Southminster’s section of the S.O.S. website. Want to support Bridge and your favorite sleeper? Donate through https://www.bridgecommunities.org/Sleep-Out-Saturday/Make-a-pledge.html.
+ We will have a “SOUP KITCHEN” MEAL AND PROGRAM on homelessness beginning at 6:00 p.m., and all can join in, even those not spending the night. Please sign-up on the Narthex bulletin board if you plan to join us for the meal.
+ Also: WE NEED LARGE-ISH PIECES OF CORRUGATED CARDBOARD to build our shelters. Got any pieces (at least 20 square feet in size) you can give us? Let Blair know.
Moms, this is a group just for you: MORNINGS FOR MOMS, Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 every week through November 15. Come for quality coffee and tea, good conversation, and free child care. Invite a friend to come with you.
Church officers and staff – change of plans! The officer retreat originally scheduled for November 18 will be rescheduled, perhaps in February. Instead officers will be encouraged to attend an event at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, “Go Local,” from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. with a light lunch. Information to come.