Dear Congregational Family,

1. VOTE! Today is the day! If you have not yet voted, please do. In the United States we have the privilege and responsibility of electing our leaders. So many people around the world 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. 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.

2. Martin Luther’s birthday! Thursday is Luther’s birthday! He was born on November 10, 1483. He was baptized the next morning at church on the feast day of St. Martin, and therefore named “Martin Luther.” Luther became a monk, a priest, and a professor of theology. He is also the one God used to ignite the Protestant Reformation by posting his Ninety-Five Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, calling for the reform of the Roman Catholic Church, of which he was a priest at the time. Luther helped the Church to recover the Scriptural truths of “Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, according to Scripture Alone.”

Luther was also very concerned about the spiritual education of people, which led him to translate the Bible into German, write the Large and Small Catechisms, and compose many hymns for the church to sing. His most famous quote was when he was asked to reject his teachings on these clear Biblical truths. Even though he knew he might well be burned alive at the stake, he replied, “I cannot and will not recant anything, … Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.”

3. 2023 Offering Envelopes: They are available in the Conference Room for you to pick up this Sunday. Many were picked up this past Sunday. Thank you for doing that! You should also have received my Stewardship letter along with your pledge card and “Time & Talent” sheet. Please prayerfully fill these out and return them to the church office. Our Congregational Meeting will be on Nov. 20th after each worship service. The 2023 budget will be presented to the congregation for a vote at this meeting.

4. Sermon: Title: “Jesus Christ Is Coming“
Text: Luke 21:5-28

God bless you as we continue,
“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God.”

Pastor Carlson