Believe it or not, I look forward to All Saints’ Sunday every year.
As a pastor, it is a privilege and an honor to lay to rest all the dear ones that have died in the year, to celebrate all in them that was good and kind and faithful, and to ask God to hold their loved ones close as they grieve and remember. All Saints’ Sunday brings the tears that we always try to blink back as time passes, with a deep and abiding reminder of God’s faithfulness throughout it all.
This as been a strange year, where too few funerals have happened, and too many people have died. So, this All Saints’ Sunday is especially important. We are gathering all the saints – to grieve their loss, to lift up Christ who grants us everlasting life, and to imagine the great and wondrous feast of all the people of God. Scripture says they will come from east and west and north and south, and from all times and places, to feast at the table of God.
So grab your bread and juice, or the favorite morning treat of your loved one who has gone, along with a side of coffee, and meet me at the table this Sunday for communion worship. We’ll name the saints connected to this dear community that you have sent me, and we will ring the church bells all worship long for the lives that have been lost in this challenging year. Tune in on Sunday with all the grief and joy and memories and frustration and whatever you carry to God’s table, and Christ will meet you there.
Peace be yours,
BEWARE OF SCAMMERS THIS SEASON!
Some of you have reported getting emails or texts from someone claiming to be Pastor Lindsay asking for confidential purchasing – usually of ebay gift cards. THIS IS A SCAM! There are a lot of them out there right now, and there are lots of ways to learn how to protect yourself. MNRAAA is a great organization that has some fraud prevention webinars. If you are interested, you can find out more HERE.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME STARTS THIS SUNDAY, 11/1
Don’t forget to turn your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed Saturday night and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!
FPC ADULT EDUCATION KICKING OFF NEW SERIES
Adult Education will be starting Sarah Ruble’s video series on race, “Race and Christianity in the United States,” this Sunday November 1! Join us in-person via ZOOM on Sunday mornings at 8:45. If you are interested in participating (between now and December 20), email April Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org
CHURCH MERCHANDISE STILL AVAILABLE
Many of you have seen people sporting “Church Merch” recently and wanted to take part!
You can personalize and order shirts, hats, masks, and mugs whenever you want HERE
. Contact Bailey with any questions, email@example.com
SUNDAY MORNINGS LIVE-STREAMED WORSHIP ON FACEBOOK
Remember to join us each Sunday at facebook.com/FPCmankato for worship at 10 am!
If you are unable to watch live, you can always access recordings of all of the above at fpcmankato.org/virtualchurch
CONNECTIONS MINISTRY – A Walk in Their Shoes
Connections Ministry is hosting “A Walk in Their Shoes” on Saturday, November 7 starting at 10 am. Brave the chilly November weather like those experiencing homelessness, and learn about the places and programs they frequent in downtown Mankato. The walk begins here at FPC and includes stops at Centenary United Methodist Church where Holy Grounds breakfast ministry happens, the Blue Earth County Library, and the Salvation Army. Educational speakers will be at each location, and snacks and beverages will be provided.