Dear Congregational Family,

1. Reformation Day: This Saturday, October 31st, is the anniversary of when Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-five Theses” on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. Luther was a monk, a priest, and a theological professor within the Roman Catholic Church, but the more he studied Scripture, the more clearly he understood that God’s grace and salvation was a GIFT to be received, rather than a commodity that could be purchased by money or good deeds. He called for church reform! This was the event which sparked the Reformation which has since spread around the world and impacted all churches.

2. Repentance: We talk about the 95 Theses, but seldom (if ever) read them. The first three address the need for REPENTANCE! Luther was concerned that people not only return to Scripture and a right understanding of Salvation by Grace Alone through Faith Alone, BUT he was also concerned that people repent of sin so that they would not miss out on this marvelous grace of God and the redemption that Christ offers to us. He was concerned about “cheap grace” as Dietrich Bonhoeffer would later term it. Grace is not to be compromised with the additional of our “good works” but nor is it to be presumed upon by our continuing to live a lifestyle of sin. Therefore, the call of the Reformation was (and still is) “Repent and Believe in the Gospel!”

3. All Saints Sunday: This Sunday is “All Saints Sunday” as we:

a. Celebrate that we are made to be “holy” children of God, saints of God, through the righteousness of Christ.
b. Remember all those who have passed on from this life during this past (church) year.
c. Meditate on the mysteries of heaven.
d. Celebrate Holy Communion together with one another and receive the Real Presence of Christ “in, with, and under” the bread and the wine.
(Holy Communion will be celebrated at our 8:30am, 11:00am, and 6:00pm services.)

I love this service as we sing “For all the saints”, “In heaven above”, and “Behold a host.” Come and worship!

4. International Day of Prayer for the Suffering Church: I know that at Ruthfred we are always concerned about our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted, but this Sunday we join together in international prayer for them. Particular places of persecution and martyrdom in the world are: China, North Korea, Nigeria, Sudan, Syria, Iran, India, …. The list is long and growing.

5. Fall Festival: Around 200 people came to our Church Family Fall Festival at the Cox Farm last weekend! It was an incredible time of fellowship! Check out our church Facebook page for pictures.

6. Sermon: Title: “Saints of God & Scenes of Glory”
Text: I John 3:1-3; Revelation 7:9-17

God bless you as we continue,

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

Pastor Carlson