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October 31, 2014
Be sure to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday evening for the end of Daylight Savings Time.
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St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
Matthew 23:1-12 is our lectionary gospel text this week. In this passage Jesus accuses the Scribes and Pharisees of not practicing what they preach. Most of us know how difficult it can be to set high standards and then stay in sync with them. This is communion Sunday and our servers are Joyce Dixon, Lois Hines, Yvonne Stewart, Andrea Bracken and Michelle McCladdie.
A Brief History of Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve)
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31st.The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.
Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”).The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. Read more at: http://www.halloweenhistory.org/
Pledge Card Dedication this Sunday
It is not too late to turn in your financial pledge card for 2015. We will dedicate them this Sunday during worship. The amount that is pledged each fall is then used by our Stewardship and Finance Ministry Team to determine what St. Paul’s budget will be for next year. We will see the preliminary budget for 2015 at our congregational meeting set for November 30th
Stewardship is a critical part of the commitments we make to ourselves and our community of faith when we become members. You could say that stewardship is a way of life. We must remind ourselves daily that all we have comes from God.
When we accepted the call of Jesus to become disciples we accepted along with it the role of steward. We commit our hearts and our minds — our whole being — to God as a part of discipleship. Being a good steward means being generous with our time, our talent and our treasure.
Stewardship is first and foremost an expression of love. God loves us and we love God in return. Stewardship is also part of our vocation. God has given each of us special gifts for God’s special purpose. It falls to us to develop those gifts as part of a life-long responsibility.
And last, but never least, stewardship is an honor and an opportunity to give our very best to Jesus and the church. It can also be a challenge. It can change the way we work, live and think.
Plan to attend the PW Fellowship Hour following worship on Sunday, November 9th for a light lunch and a time of fellowship and harmony!
Perhaps one of the greatest expectations of people of faith in relationship to our stewardship is that we will be cheerful givers, including giving honestly, regularly and generously. So with open hearts each year we pledge or commit to support St. Paul’s with a fair share of our “first fruits”, thankful for all God’s gifts to us.
Do You Know the Bible?
Answers to last week’s questions: (1) a donkey (2) shepherds (3) the East (4) Egypt (5) gold, frankincense and myrrh (6) Moses.
What “first couple” gave birth to Abel?
What unacceptable offering provoked Cain’s murder of Abel?
What five-word question did Cain use to dismiss God’s question about Abel’s whereabouts?
What part of Abel did God tell Cain “cries out to me from the ground”?
What third son did Eve say God gave her in place of the murdered Abel?