ALL I HAVE IS YOURS
November 11, 2018
Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
The story of the Widow’s mite is a familiar stewardship lesson, most often applied to money. The widow was honored by Jesus for giving God her all. This week, we consider our view and use of time. Do we view our time as God’s time, or something less? Do we expect God to be happy with us for giving Him a portion of our calendar, or are we seeking to honor Him by viewing all we have been given, including our time, as His good gift to us?
VETERANS DAY-“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13. Please join us in praying for, honoring, and thanking our Veterans for their service.
VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us TODAY at noon to vote on the candidates for elected offices on the Church Governance Board, School Board, Board of Elders, and Endowment Committee.
GO MISSIONS TEAM—The November “GO” mission event will benefit Changing Footprints, an international organization that collects shoes and then distributes them to those in need, either locally or abroad. We will be sorting shoes at their Avon location next Sunday, November 18 from 2-4 p.m. The shoes are sorted by gender, style, size and condition. This is a great opportunity for families to “GO” into our community and serve together. Sign-up in the narthex.
FOOD PANTRY—We will be collecting non-perishable food before each of the services and Sunday School next weekend, November 17-18. You can drive-up to the blue tents at the main entrance and drop-off any donations. Monetary donations are used to purchase additional food for the ever increasing families in need of assistance. Help us stock our shelves to serve those who need it.
LADIES CIRCLE—Please join us this Thursday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. We have lots of things planned for this meeting; stretch & flex chair exercises, a guest speaker from Kindred Hospice, and assembly of fall baskets for our homebound members.
CHURCH DECORATING—Mark your calendars. Christmas decorating is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 to noon. Many hands make the job easier and fun. Light refreshments will be provided. Elders and other men are especially needed for moving supplies from portables and climbing on ladders. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome.
OSLS— We need YOU to be an SGO donor! It is a WIN-WIN for the donor, school and families of OSLS! Individuals, corporations, or self-employed will receive a 50% state tax credit with your gift of cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or IRA qualified retirement plan charitable rollovers (RMDs). Have questions? Talk to Mrs. Hedges for more information.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS-
The Angel Tree, organized and prepared by the Ladies Guild, is a way of serving others in need in our church, school, and community. You can be a blessing to someone by taking an angel. Each angel lists an appropriate gift to purchase, instructions for wrapping, and a return date. Please prayerfully consider adopting one or more angels to share Christ’s love with others.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lori Boettcher, Dorothy Dobler, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Cheryl Barksdale. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty.
Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 11, 12:00 p.m.
Primanti Bros. LTF Fundraiser, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Ladies Circle, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.
Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, Nov. 17-18
GO Event, Nov. 18, 2-4 p.m.
Thanksgiving Eve Service, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving Pie Fellowship, Nov. 21, 7:15 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, 1 Kings 17:8-16
8 Then the word of the Lord came to him [Elijah], 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” 15 And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.
EPISTLE READING, Hebrews 9:24-28
24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
GOSPEL READING, Mark 12:38-44
38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,40 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” 41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”