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Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Senior Warden, Scott Ricker
Junior Warden,
Ralph Darville

David Ashcraft
Irene Burgess
Catherine Davey
Gloria Grant
Debora Lisle
George Madill
Joe Small

Susan Burley
Terri Sims

Mondays - Thursdays
Food Bank
10:00 am to Noon

Noonday Prayer

Chapel at 12:00 noon
Fellowship Under the Word
Men's Study: Upper Room at 6:30 pm
Women's Study: Prayer Room at 6:30 pm

Tabitha's Treasures
Prayer Shawl Ministry
10:30 am in the Prayer Ministry Room
Noonday Prayer 
Noon in the Prayer Room

Fellowship Under the Word
10:30 am - Noon Men's and Women's Bible Study in the Prayer Room

Noonday Prayer
Chapel at 12:00 noon

Holy Eucharist 
5:00 pm in the Chapel

Holy Eucharist 
10:00 am in the Church
8:30 am in the Parish Hall 
Adult Christian Formation
9:00 am in Roberta's Hall
Monthly events schedule coming soon!
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Revealing Christ's Love:
Caring for the sheep
Searching for the lost
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it love your neighbor as yourself."  
Matthew 22:37-39

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

For Jesus these are not external commandments to be followed. He embodies both love of God and love of neighbor. And because we have been baptized into him this life of love can be embodied in us. The fulfillment of the promise that the Law (which is summarized by Jesus in this passage) will be written on our hearts has already taken place. But it does require an act of our will to cooperate with the work of the Holy Spirit within us as he works to transform us into the likeness of Christ.

We love God because he first loved us, and this love is shown most perfectly on the cross. When someone comes to me with doubts as to whether God truly loves them my challenge is always to wrestle with the cross. The cross can never become sanitized, stripped of its power to challenge us anew. For the Passion shows God's passionate love for his people; a love that is not dependent on who we are or what we have or haven't done. God's love is who he is. His love is settled, constant, unchanging, unfathomable, and eternal.

Julian of Norwich, in her Revelations of Divine Love, wrote that in meditating on Christ's Passion she understood "that the love in him that he has for our soul was so strong that willingly he chose the Passion with great desire, and humbly he suffered it with great joy, with great satisfaction." And she heard Jesus say "It is a joy, a bliss, an endless delight to me that ever I suffered the Passion for thee; and if I could suffer more, I would suffer more" and in these words Julian understood that "as often as he could die, so often he would, and love would never let him have rest until he had done it .... for we are his bliss, for in us he delights without end."

If God's love for us is ultimately shown to us in his sacrificial death for our salvation then our love for God must overflow in our love for our neighbor which will be shown forth primarily in introducing our neighbor to the lover of all our souls. This is most effectively done gently, by inviting them into a fellowship that loves God and loves each other. By helping people to belong to such a community "the contagious common life of the congregation permits people to discover faith for themselves, at their own pace."

All that is required is an invitation into fellowship, God will do the rest. We have several opportunities coming up: Chili Cook Off, Retreat, Live Nativity, Saturday or Sunday worship. Who do you know who needs to know the settled, unceasing love of this God?

In His Love,
Rev'd Sarah+
Clocks change on November 5
We will also be commemorating All Saints Day!
THE 30 DAY PRAISE CHALLENGE begins this Wednesday, November 1! This is one possible resource to join me (Rev'd Sarah) in thirty days of praising God.
Competition limited to 12 contestants
(open to non-parishioners also)

Each contestant will make 1 full pot of chili for judging and sampling later
Contestants must have chili ready for judging by 4:45
Judging takes place between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Winners announced at 6:15 pm
Calling all bakers! And there are lots of you!!! Looking forward to our annual fun dessert auction: cookies, chocolate cakes, banana puddings, bundt cakes, etc. Bring a dessert and some $$$ to spend :-)
If you have not already mailed in your pledge card please bring it on Sunday, November 19 when all the pledge cards will be blessed on the altar. If you did not receive a letter with a pledge card you can download them both here.
CLPA (Celandine Life Preparatory Academy) has invited us to join as one family in thanksgiving. The children have made a Thanksgiving Tree in the Parish Hall and have invited school and church families to place thanksgiving leaves on the tree. What a wonderful way to join our two communities together in one family giving thanks to God! nursing embraces the spiritual dimension of the nursing practice in addition to the physical, psychological and social dimensions. Parish nurses collaborate with their faith community leaders to form partnerships with other community health resources.
The roles of the parish nurse include:
Integrator of Faith and Health, serving as a "translator" between faith and healthcare communities. With a knowledge base in both areas, many times the parish nurse can clarify issues and or reinforce the strong tie between faith and health.
Health Educator, providing educational programs to the congregation such as health screenings and illness prevention.
Health Counselor, providing individual health counseling services in the home or long-term care facility.
"Navigator" or "Advocate," assisting congregation members in finding their way through healthcare systems.
Referral Agent, finding resources and making referrals to agencies, organizations and support services to improve the member’s quality of life.
Developer of Support Groups, initiating and organizing groups designed to assist the participants with a specific issue.
Trainer of Volunteers, perhaps most importantly, recruiting and training volunteers to provide assistance.  
Parish nursing services are designed to involve individuals, families and congregations as active partners in their personal health. Through this involvement, nurses help to empower communities and foster an environment of understanding and support.

We are blessed that parishioner Dee Barroso, an RN and certified Stephen Minister, has offered to be our Parish Nurse! Dee will be designing some programs, with others in the nursing field, that will be offered in the new year. However, she is already available by phone and in person, as her work schedule allows, to help parishioners maneuver through any medical/advocacy challenges they might be experiencing. To contact Dee please  email her by following the link, or call her on her cell: 1(813) 335-2355
Join us as we get our campus ready for our annual Live Nativity. Bring garbage bags, rakes, clippers, whatever you have to help make our campus shine for our visitors
The Rt. Rev’d Gregory O. Brewer, Bishop of Central Florida
The Rt. Rev’d William Folwell, The Rt. Rev’d John Howe, and the Rt. Rev’d Hugo Pina-Lopez, retired Bishops
The Rev’d Sarah L. Bronos, Rector
The Rev’d Cameron MacMillan, Curate
The Rev’d Dick Costin, Deacon
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
St. James Church, Ormond Beach
Church of the Incarnation, Oviedo
The Nation and Those in Authority
The President, Governors, Representatives, Congressmen and women, and the Mayors of Altamonte Springs and Apopka
Prayers for Healing and Other Needs
Sue, Karissa, Lyn, Dick, Margot, Jennifer, Bill, Lillian, The Perkins Family, Nora, Diana, Evelyn, Nancy, Charles, Daniel, Dee, Scott, Dean, Elizabeth, Becky, George, Joan, Dottie, Sandy, Mary Jo, Deacon Dick, Valerie
Military Personnel and Families
Matthew Meszaros, Kate Pierce, Brigit Kincaid, and Dennis Glasgow
Our College Students
Karissa Ashcraft, Patrick Van Hissenhoven, Laura Harris, Stephen Gant, Donny Lisle, Ray Lisle, Debora Lisle, Abbei Moye, Kyra Ashcraft, Rose Thatcher, Nicole Folsom, Tyler Powell
Our Diocesan Missionary
The Reverend Stephen and Mary Dass, and the street children of Brazil
Valerie Childs
Etienne and Dari Van Hissenhoven

If you have any prayer requests please visit our website and complete the Prayer Request Form. 
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