November 7, 2016 - Sunday was All Saints Sunday. Since the fourth century November 1st has been a high holy day in the Christian faith set aside to remember the saints of our church and saints of our lives. It is certainly important to remember, and it is important to continue the ancient traditions of our faith. In days gone past the church paid a more central role in people’s lives, so celebrations during the week were not unusual. But today, for our convenience we have moved many of our most sacred celebrations of life to Sunday.
Tuesday is Election Day and like most Americans I will be so happy for this race to be over! My sister-in-law sent some wisdom of John Wesley, founder of Methodism about an upcoming election in his day.
“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them,
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy.
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against.
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”
Not bad advice in the 1700s or today.
Ms. Fannie’s Sunday school lesson was titled “Everything Is Brand New.” The scripture came from Revelation 21: 1-8 which also speaks of promise and renewal. The one sitting on the throne declares that he is going to make all things new. The writer goes on to say that God will dwell with humans—he will pitch his tent among his people. The Greek word for dwell means to live in—God chooses to live in us.
The Pastor-Parish Relations Committee’s report on the Pastor is completed. Church members reviewed the various questions, answered, and signed. In a church as small as ours everyone is on the PPR Committee. Church members will look at dates for the Paxton Community Christmas Party. Next week we will also decide how many angels from the Community Christian Services’ Angel Trees we will take this year.
Sue and I played hooky from church last Sunday. We were in Dallas helping our daughter move into her new home. She bought an older home and had it gutted and then redone to suit her taste. It was a three-month project that took 11 months. The house is beautiful and I know she is happy to finally be in. I always feel like something is missing when I am not at Paxton Methodist on Sunday morning. This Sunday is not only All Saints Sunday but is the first Sunday when we celebrate Holy Communion.
Ms. Hilda emailed Sue and me to tell us that the Lakeside ministry was a great success. Hilda always works so hard to put together wonderful programs at the area nursing centers. In November our Green Acres ministry is tomorrow. Our Holiday ministry is November 15th and Lakeside is November 17th. All the ministries start at 2:00. We moved up Lakeside a week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday . During the month of November Paxton Methodist will be collecting rice and beans for Community Christian Services.
“Whoever you are, in whatever faith you were born, whatever creed you profess; if you come to this house to find God you are welcome here.” Paxton United Methodist Church is an inviting church that takes to heart the idea of “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds.” Sunday School starts at 9:30 and Worship begins at 10:00. Our email address is email@example.com. If you would like the weekly email newsletter about Paxton Methodist you can send me your email address to the Paxton email address and I will add you to the list. God’s Speed!