November 27, 2019                                                                                     View this email in your browser
Pastor Stewart preached on Christ the King Sunday. "It's Complicated."
All of our recent sermons are on our new Youtube page.

Stewart's Grateful Stewings

These pictures make me so happy. I am so grateful for the joy in our community. We cannot take this joy for granted. There is too little joy being expressed in the world these days, and it is one of the spiritual gifts of Nativity and Holy Comforter.

Not every family's Thanksgiving is joyful, and we cannot forget that either. It makes our work all the more important.

Jesus came that we might have and know life and have abundantly. Even in the midst of our trials, we are called to give thanks. In all things. ALL. Because as I've been saying lately, God is still God. And we are not.  

And if that's not enough to convince you to give thanks, just google the health benefits of living a grateful life. I found this article from Psychology Today. Giving thanks is proven to work.

I'm also grateful for David Neff and our amazing choir. The anthem from Sunday was especially terrific. You can even scroll down and watch it below as your write out your gratitude list!

God bless you this week and always. You are a special gift to this world from God, and I am grateful.


Pastoral Note

Longtime member Elvira Hall died last week at the age of 91. A Native of Trinidad, you may remember her for her stylish hats at the late service. Please keep her family in your prayers. Her funeral will take place at March Funeral Home 10:00 am on Saturday, December 7 with a wake beginning at 9:30 am. 

March Funeral Home - 1101 E. North Ave.


  • The Church Council is grateful for your quick response to our fall Stewardship Drive. Of the 48 pledges we have received so far, 35 of you were able to Grow Your Generosity! This is incredible news. If you have not returned your card, please bring it back this Sunday to one of the services. Or you can fill one out online here.
  • The November newsletter is now online here.

LEAD Corner

Greetings from your LEAD team! Thanks again for the great response to the Congregational Assessment. We were thrilled to receive 56 responses - surpassing our goal! The team reviewed the results this week with our peer coach and professional LEAD coach. We will get together after Thanksgiving to further reflect on the report and then share highlights with the Church Council in December. That will be followed by sharing with all of you. 

Stay tuned as we progress on this journey of discovery and discernment together!

Forum on Faith

Dec 1 – Loneliness at Holiday Times – When everyone else is busy singing, attending parties, giving and receiving gifts, loneliness can hurt even more sharply. We will examine Holidays through the lens of loneliness, sharing stories of how we have coped and even thrived.
Dec 8 – Diocese of Jerusalem; Israel; Palestine. Pastor Stewart and Neal Baroody share updates.
Dec 15 – Christmas in other Countries. Lee Taylor presents. Come find out how other folks share this world-changing Holiday.
Dec 22 –Holiday Brunch with special activities provided by Sam Dowding
Dec 29 – No Forum. Come back for an interesting new season of classes in January!
"For the Beauty of the Earth" The choir shared this moving anthem on Sunday by John Rutter.

Chair Yoga

This Chair Yoga class will help you build strength and endurance, increase flexibility, and improve your posture and balance. Special attention will be paid to bone health and preventing/reversing bone loss related to osteoporosis. It is designed for mid-life and older adults who may benefit from a slower pace and a recognition of age-related functional changes.

We will do seated chair poses and standing poses. Beginners are
welcome and encouraged. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can easily move in and bring some water to stay hydrated. Suggested donation for the class is $5.00. Please come join us for Chair Yoga in the Church. People interested in signing up, or have any questions, please
contact the teacher; Linda McGill at

Upcoming Events
Chair Yoga in the Sanctuary at 10:00am
English Country Dancing in Hart Hall at 8:00pm
Community Yoga in Hart Hall at 7:00pm
Choir Practice at 7:30  



CARES Food Pantry
Your donations throughout the summer have really made a difference to our neighbors in need. Needs: paper products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, pasta, sauce, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, and veggies. Also paper and reusable bags.

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