Sunday Scripture: Matthew 5:38-42
Hymns: #306 (black) The Church of Christ in Every Age, #390 (red) For Our Sins as We Forgive
It's the Wednesday Email!
As we get to the end of October, it’s trick-or-treating for canned goods time! October 29 at 2:30, we invite kids and anyone who wants to join us to meet at the church to go visit the homes of some church volunteers to pick up canned goods for DMARC and the Little Free Pantry. We’d love to have a couple more stops (all you need to do is to buy some cans to distribute), especially if circumstances mean you don’t get to church as often as you’d like. Just email email@example.com!
Afterwards, we’ll have S’mores in the parking lot, and so even if you can’t make it for the trick-or-treating, you can still celebrate!
This Sunday in worship: Turn the Other Cheek!
AND, we’re hoping to close the church vitality survey soon, so if you’ve been meaning to fill it out and haven’t gotten around to it, act now! The link is below.
Grace and Peace,
PS: Fill out your congregational survey so the council can take advantage of our free consulting! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AnkenyUCC
Let me know if you have any problems!
Wednesday, October 19: 7:00pm Choir (sanctuary), Stalking God (Blue Room) Sunday, October 23: 9:15am K-5 Sunday School 10:30am Worship,12:00pm 6-9 Sunday School (Porch Light)
Monday, October 24: 7:00pm Council Meeting Tuesday, October 25: 1:00pm Stalking God Wednesday, October 26: 7:00pm Choir (sanctuary), Stalking God (Blue Room) Sunday, October 30: 9:15am K-5 Sunday School 10:30am Worship,12:00pm 6-9 Sunday School (Porch Light)
A Welcoming Church Family
For Rich Misty, Nick, and Aggie. For Trina, Tom, Maddy, Dillon, and Nick, and their family, mourning Trina’s brother Doug Litterer. For Nancy’s in-laws Bill, Sandy, Warren, and Kellie. For families mourning their children. For people in the midst of relationship changes. For people’s lives torn apart by natural disasters, including fires in the Pacific Northwest, hurricanes in Florida, and drought across the midwest. For Europe, as they look to a winter choice between freezing cold and empowering Russian aggression. For people in relationship with one another as they search for new futures. For the at least 2,674 people who died of COVID in America last week. Of joy and thanksgiving with Connor.
It’s time to start wearing name tags again! Most people have one on board on the way into the church. If you don’t, send us an email with your name(s), and we will get some made post-haste! We made a big batch last week.
Exploring Progressive Christian Theology
This week’s scripture reminds us that we all have gifts of the spirit. Sometimes they are hidden, and sometimes they come to the fore. As we head into annual meeting, we are looking for people with gifts for creative worship, for education, for service and outreach, and for fellowship to serve as deacons for the next two years. Sue and Stephanie have done an able job as a duo since February, but we are believe church is better when we can host more diverse temperments and talents in our lives of discipleship!
Choir Rehearsals and Book Study
Choir rehearsals continue tonight at 7pm in the sanctuary! Stalking God meets in the Blue Room at the same time, as we read chapters 3-4!
Annual Meeting is November 20 after church! We’ll meet to elect new board members, discuss and pass the budget for 2023, and conduct any other business before the church.
Misty DeReus’s husband Rich has metastatic cancer and has been in and out of the hospital. Our Meal Train is running out of steam a little bit, so if it’s been a few weeks since you’ve made a meal and can do another one, it’s a great time to sign up again! Stephanie has set up a Meal Train so people can sign up to provide meals to them (or talk to Stephanie): https://mealtrain.com/1nv5q6 . To make communicating the big news easier, they have a set up a page at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/richarddereus .
And Serving Beyond
Trick or Treating for Canned Goods
Once again, we invite young and old to join us as we help our kids celebrate Halloween! At 2:30 on Saturday October 29, we’ll be meeting at the church in costumes (for those who wear costumes) to go around to a few select houses and collect cans for DMARC or the Little Free Pantry! If you want to be a stop, we ask you to collect some cans to distribute. If you want to trick-or-treat, meet at the church. And everyone is invited for treats and fun afterward!
Songs of Gratitude
Local musicians from diverse faith communities will be hosting a concert benefitting the DMARC Food Pantry Network on November 6th at 6:30pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Clive.
In this season of giving thanks there are many neighbors who are struggling to feed their families. Each year area food pantries see the highest number of visitors in November. A free will offering to benefit the DMARC Food Pantry Network. They are encouraging donations of non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, canned fruit in juice, or whole grain cereal.
An AMOS Update on Community Land Trusts
Skyrocketing housing prices are creating the need for additional housing solutions--even for middle income buyers. CLT's are a way that our children, grandchildren and friends will be able to afford a home now...and into the future. Don't miss learning about Community Land Trusts!
Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17 at Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove, Des Moines.
In addition to sessions open to the public, there is a session for AMOS institution members on Thursday at 6:30pm. All attendees MUST pre-register.
Register at https://forms.gle/wN3czHEKhWvw88ck6
Weekly Coin Collection
Our coin collection for September and October will go to UCC/DOC Global Ministries and their work in Zimbabwe!
Ankeny UCC Is….
A welcoming church family exploring progressive Christian theology, caring within and serving beyond. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, come walk with us!