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Some words from our pastor, Rev. Joy Toll-Chandler

Hello Hope Family –

As we enjoy the changing of the seasons and prepare for the winter, we know that we have much to be thankful for as a community of Christians, and much to prepare for as well!

Our worship for the next two months will reflect that thankfulness and preparation. November will be a month of “Telling the Stories of Jesus”. How many of us as children heard the stories of Jesus as we learned to sing, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so”.  While we look at stories both about Jesus, and stories that Jesus told, we will also be singing the stories! “Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear!”  “I love to tell the story, for those who know it best, seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest!”  Come sing, read, and listen as we remember the stories of Jesus.

Amidst that month of stories are also three special Sundays – wow! The first Sunday of November is All Saints Day when we will remember those saints who told the stories of Jesus – we will ring bells and light candles as we celebrate their precious lives. The third Sunday of November we will raise special songs of Thanksgiving! And the last Sunday of November, we end the Christian year with a celebration of Christ the King! After worship, we will be decorating the sanctuary for Advent and Christmas – all are invited to stay and help make our worship space beautiful as we prepare to welcome the infant Jesus.

A couple of early “sneak peeks” into our Advent time – it’s going to be a wonderful time of worship! The theme for the worship series is “Angels Among Us”.  In the sanctuary will be a display          of angels – and we would love to have everyone bring an angel (or two or more!) for the display. Think about the angel you bring – is it a messenger of Hope, Peace, Joy, or Love? When you bring the angel in, please attach a little note of which one it is! Also, be sure your name is on your angel(s).

(You can bring your angels in anytime in the latter part of November, and either place them on the table in the back of the sanctuary – or bring them to the office).

May the grace of God be with you all –

Pastor Joy