A Word from Pastor Stefan
God Is Looking for Us
When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. (Luke 15:5)
The great Jewish Philosopher Martin Buber shared this story about Rabbi Baruch’s grandchild Jechiel. Jechiel played hide and seek with his friend. Jechiel found a good hiding place and was waiting that his friend to look for him. After a long time waiting, he came out of his hiding place and realized his friend wasn’t looking for him. He was not even there. Because of this, he cried. He went to his grandfather to tell him about his mean friend who was not looking for him. When Rabbi Baruch heard about this incident, his tears were flowing, too. He said to his grandson, “This is what God said: ‘I was hiding, but no one was look for me.’ ”
We humans sometimes are so busy that we forget to look for God. Jesus reminds us in the parable of the lost sheep that God will not stop looking for us until God finds us. And there is great joy when God finds us.
Dear friends, God found us and is calling us together to celebrate All Saints Day and our Commitment Sunday on November 4 & 5 during all three weekend services.
On this weekend, we are all asked to share our joy, to be a part of a thriving congregation that is committed to sharing God’s love with all people. Please share your commitment to your church as you bring your completed commitment card for the new ministry year of 2018 to church. We will ask God to bless our offerings and to use them to make Christ known in all we do and say.
In November, you are also invited to participate and help with our Thanksgiving Outreach Meal on Saturday, November 18. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to help or come to enjoy a nice meal and meet new and old friends.
On Thanksgiving Eve, November 22, you are invited to bring friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving with a beautiful Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:00pm.
I thank God that God found you and me and that we, together, can give back a portion of the many blessings we received from God. It is God who is the owner and giver of life, who welcomes our giving to share the joy of finding with many who feel lost.
Thank you already for your generous giving that reflects the deep love and joy you have in your heart to be found by God. Let us all be thankful that we can have a church that exists to have a real impact in the life of people, as we share food and inspirational music, provide care for seniors and small children, and learn - as a church and in home-study groups – more about God’s great love for us.
I look forward to your partnership to welcome and find more people who need to experience God’s life changing love,
Your Pastor Stefan