A Whole Lot of October at GNLP

A Whole Lot of October at GNLP

Moving into October

You wouldn’t think that a lot would be going on in October but we are getting pretty busy here at in the parish. I want to invite you to take advantage of some of the different opportunities we have for worship and study this month.

October is one of the months this year that will have five Sundays. With those we will be celebrating World Wide Communion Sunday and Lutheran World Relief Blanket Sunday on October 2nd. Our traditional Harvest Home Sunday is on October 16th, and we be doing a special push for our food banks in Claysburg and Williamsburg. Then October 30th will be Reformation Day.

In addition to this we will be having two special services this month. On Sunday October 2nd we will do our annual Blessing of the Animals. This will be held at 2pm at Geeseytown. The animal blessing is traditionally celebrated on Oct. 4th the commemoration day of St. Francis of Assissi. We move the day for the convenience of everyone. Bring your pets out for this short service on what we hope will be a not too chilly Sunday afternoon.

Then on Friday October 21st we will be doing something new. October 21st is the day which has been predicted to be the End of the World. Remember all of the billboards in April and May which marked May 21st as the end? Well when that didn’t happen the date was adjusted. So I thought it prudent to do our own little demonstration that is wasn’t the end on that day. I will be doing a service of prayer and a reading of the entire Apocalypse of John, also known as the Book of Revelation. The reason for this? Because the message of Revelation is not one of destruction, but one of the Victory of our Lord and our God! It is a story of hope and how God will reign and rule over all. It is, IN FACT, a message of God’s love, healing, and life given to the entire world. So I thought it appropriate to proclaim that message on that day, to remind us that we are held and kept by the one true God whose love and healing knows no end. The service will be at Newry Lutheran at 7pm on Friday the 21st.

Educational Opportunities abound here in the parish. Our Year Long study of the New Testament is chugging along. We are finishing up the letters of Paul and are coming around the last lap as we take this journey through God’s word. I invite all of you to come and join us. We have reached a point now where the readings are getting shorter, and I don’t ask a lot of questions. I can talk for the entire time, or you can interrupt me. We have a solid core of approx. 8 who make it each week, but this is a good opportunity to hear God’s word, dive deeply into God’s word and let it work on and work in us. I have been blessed by the opportunity to work with this project and hope that you will bless us by joining us for this study. During October we will be meeting at Newry at 6pm on Thursday nights.

We are very blessed to have a wonderful Sunday School program in both of our churches. All my thanks to Pam at Newry and to Ellen, Bill, Lisa, Heather, Katrina (and if I am forgetting you I am sorry) at Geeseytown who work with our children’s Sunday School. You are an invaluable resource for us, and a real blessing to the kids. Thank you for your service.

Our adult Sunday School at Geeseytown still continues to go strong. Thanks to Ken who usually takes the lead in that study. We are going to be looking at another resource to use after the first of the year. There is an Augsburg Fortress Bible Study which gives us weekly readings and an opportunity to engage in discussion. It is written by professors from our Lutheran Seminaries and we will be taking a look at it to see if we want to dive in with this study.

You also know that I will be teaching a short course on Revelation in October. This is part of our Synod’s program “Discovering Your Discipleship” or DYD. Traditionally these adult education courses were only offered as full day classes on weekends, and usually they involved travelling up the mountain to take them. They are being offered locally to hopefully make them more accessible. We will be meeting at Newry at 6:30pm on Sundays October 2, 9, and 16. If you are interested please show up. You can register for the course through the synod website. If you are not able to register before Sunday, show up anyway and we’ll figure it out later.

Then we do have a fellowship opportunity coming up which was a great hit last year. We will be having our Family Fun Night/Trunk or Treat on Friday night October 28th. This was a great time of fellowship and celebration and with Trick or Treating right around the corner, it is an excuse to get the kids even more candy. Come join us, if you would like please consider opening up the trunk of your car and handing out candy. Last year we also had a lot of food, and if you went away hungry it was your own fault. I am fairly sure that this will be the case again this year. So please come and join us.

So there is a lot going on. I hope you will take advantage of the opportunities which are available. In all that we do we hope that we are reminded of the great gifts that God has given us. The opportunities to worship him, the chance to study and learn from his Holy Scripture, and the chance to be thankful for others and with each other. God is good to us, and blesses us in so many ways. I pray that you will be able to celebrate with us this coming October.

May the Peace of Christ which passes all understanding be with you All.
In Christ
Pr. Mike

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