Dear Congregational Family,

1. VOTE! Today is the day! If you have not yet voted, please do. In the United States we have a privilege of electing our leaders, which is also a great responsibility. So many people around the world, can only dream of this opportunity. As Christians we are citizens of two kingdoms – that of this physical temporal kingdom, and that of our spiritual and eternal kingdom. Our foremost allegiance is the spiritual! However, it is especially the duty and privilege of the Christian to vote and to influence our nation as much as possible in a godly direction. As Christians we are to be “salt and light” in this dark world.

Above all, we are commanded to PRAY for our leaders. So, today, let us pray, vote, and pray some more! Tomorrow, regardless of who wins, God is still on the throne. As we have been studying the book of Daniel in JTTW, God makes it abundantly clear to King Nebuchadnezzar, that although the king thinks that he is supreme, God ALONE is the Sovereign King of kings and Lord of lords, and it is only by God’s allowance that kings and kingdoms rise and fall throughout the course of history. God is KING over all!

2. All Saints’ Sunday: It was wonderful to have almost 300 people in the sanctuary (and many online!) for our special All Saints’ Sunday as we gathered together to praise the Lord for making us to be saints (holy ones) of God by the cleansing blood of Christ. We also remembered in prayer our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering for the cause of Christ, as last Sunday was “International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.”
This Sunday during Sunday School we will be showing a DVD update from the ministry Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) regarding the suffering church in the world today. Please come!

3. Revelation: This Friday, November 6th at 6:00pm, we are going to have a Public Reading of the Book of Revelation in the church sanctuary. The church Elders have organized this in recognition of God’s direction to “Not forsake the public reading of Scripture.” Revelation was chosen to be read because: There is a promised blessing in the first chapter “for all those who hear it.” There is also an amazing clarity that often comes, simply by hearing a book/passage of Scripture read in its entirety in one sitting (It takes about 90 minutes to read Revelation). God promises that “faith comes by hearing the Word of God.” It is our prayer that God will indeed encourage you and bless you through this reading!

4. 2021 Offering Envelopes: They are available in the Conference Room for you to pick up this Sunday. You should have received my letter along with your pledge card and “Time & Talent” sheet. Please prayerfully fill these out and return them to the church office. You will also soon be receiving a letter from our church treasurer and a copy of the 2021 church budget. Our Congregational Meeting will be on Nov. 15th after each worship service.

5. Sermon: Title: “Resurrection & Return: Be Ready!”
Text: I Thess. 4:13-18

God bless you as we continue,

“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God!”

Pastor Carlson