This Sunday, October 31, is Reformation Day! Yes, this year Reformation Sunday falls on the actual Reformation Day – October 31st. That’s the date in 1517 that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses (topics of debate for church reform) on a Wittenburg church door and sent them to the Archbishop of Mainz, which really opened up a can of worms!* We celebrate by wearing red (I’m sure it was in one of those theses). Also by carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating (those not in the know call it Halloween). This celebration, however, does not disrupt our normal schedule: 10 am Worship Service (outdoors or possibly inside Holland Hall), and Zoom versions of Sunday School (pageant rehearsal), Coffee Chat, Communion, and Confirmation Class at their usual times.
October 31st is also the last day turn in names or pictures for All Saints Sunday. The names will be in the bulletins for both the in-person and online services on November 7th. Pictures will be online only, since we don’t have the ability to project the pictures outdoors. Send names to me at email@example.com, and pictures to Carmen, or let Carmen know if you want her to re-use a picture from last year. Remember, these pictures may be seen by anyone with internet access, so be judicious in your choice of pictures. Please observe the Sunday deadline – videos need to be edited and uploaded, and bulletins need to be edited and printed, which takes time.
On November 7, 2021, 2-3.30 pm via Zoom, the Jesus & Justice Collective presents: Unsettling Truths about the Doctrine of Discovery with Mark Charles. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, he teaches with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. If you are interested, please RSVP by Nov 5th via this link, which, besides the registration form, will give you links to some videos about the topic and his book.
Remember, wear red on Sunday!
your friendly Parish Life Coordinator (i.e. Church Secretary)
*A joke! See Britannica’s article on the Diet of Worms (it also contains the term “rump Diet,” which makes me giggle even more than “Diet of Worms”)