We will be having our own All Saints Day celebration on Sunday morning at Open Circle, celebrating the saints in our own life journey that have departed. They may be physically gone from our lives but they live on as an influence, inspiration, and with affection. Everyone is invited to bring a candle, a photo or memento, or both and add it to our worship center. During the message time we will invite people to move forward and light a candle and if anyone would like to say a word about the person or people they are remembering they can.
Here is the rest of the update:
Sunday Service – Choir at 8:50; Service at 10:00am
11/1: Children’s Story – Rhonda Gingrich; Treats – Jan Johnson
11/8: Children’s Story – Janet Westenberg; community meal
11/15: Children’s Story – Laura Mattsson; Treats – Janet Westenberg
All Saints Day commemoration. You are invited to bring a candle(s) and a picture or memento of someone who is gone from your life but who lives on in importance and/or affection. The message time will be a sharing of stories about these important people.
A Church on the Move: The Church is in the midst of drastic change. What does it mean for us? I am planning to offer some reflections on Diana Butler Bass' latest book: Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution. And weave that into our fall stewardship drive theme. A three week series: 1) Connecting with people; 2) Connecting with the earth; 3) Walking the talk.
Quote from Bass book: “Spirituality is about personal experience—the deep realization that dirt is good, water is holy, the sky holds wonder; that we are part of a great web of life, our home is in God, and our moral life is entwined with that of our neighbor. But none of this is for the sake of feeling good, individual prosperity, or guaranteeing a blessed afterlife. It is about tracing the threads of the interconnected universe, about finding God in nature and in community—and, in finding God, discovering that we really are one. The spiritual revolution is a protest movement against forms of religion that have lost the binding vision of peace, wisdom, and equanimity here on earth. But for a spiritual revolution to make any real difference, it must reclaim the primal sense of religion—the “we”—the power that binds us to one another, to God, and to the world. To encounter God here, we must walk out of buildings and discover the life of the commons.”
Next week, October 8 after worship
Fall Stewardship Drive
Our annual fall stewardship drive begins Sunday, November 1. Our fall congregational meeting will be Sunday, November 22 after worship.
Katy Johnson Information
Last Sunday in worship we celebrated Katy Johnson’s transition from home to her new home at Camp Hill Village in Sauk Center, MN. If you want to learn more about Camp Hill Village click here. It looks like a great place.
Armful of Love
It is that time of year when we help to make Christmas special for a couple of families in need. We will have the family need list from 360 Communities on November 8; wrapped gifts will need to be returned by November 29.
A Walk in the Park
Saturday, November 14, 8:00
MN Wildlife Refuge, Louisville Swamp near Jordan, MN, Middle Road Parking lot off of Bluff Drive
Join Jay for a 5 mile walk in one of the largest Burr Oak savannas in the country. We will see an enormous glacial bolder, take a peek at a coyote den (not in use at the moment), walk past ancient Native American burial grounds, and see historic Jabs Farm. It is also a great time of the year to see migrating wildlife. Talk to Jay if you have questions.
December 9, 7pm, meeting at Open Circle Church
We are reading two books for this meeting, both fairly short. One is Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Héctor Toba. The other is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Once a Month Vespers in the Park
We are thinking about offering a monthly gathering at a nearby park for a brief time of silence, sharing a reading, greetings and closing blessing. If this is something that interests you talk to Jay.
Planting Behind the Church
If you have 'no-light' plants to donate to the area behind the Church, now is the time to bring them in. They are to go either side of the path. If you have specific questions about what plants or where or how to plant them, check with Jay.
Food Shelf Collection
All items are donated to the 360 Communities Food Shelf in Burnsville or Rosemount. Some items that are especially in need right now are diapers, canned meals (like chili or stew), and laundry detergent (pods are recommended as they can divvy them up easily). Please help if you can.
Caregiving Response Team
From time to time we have a member in the hospital or recuperating at home from surgery or illness, or someone with another need like moving from one home to another. If we know about the need, we would like to notify our community and ask for help. It could be a meal, a card, a visit, or getting a group of people together to perform a task. If you know of someone who has a need, please feel free to contact Katy Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org 612-750-0263, Laura Mattsson at email@example.com 952-564-6093, or Jay Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brethren Bucks - OCC Scrip Program
Participating in our scrip program has never been easier! Visit the Brethren Bucks link on the church website for more information and to sign up for this great program that pays Open Circle to shop. Nicole Giesen is our scrip coordinator and can be reached at 952-200-4672 or email@example.com. We offer cash-n-carry gift cards for several retailers on most Sundays.
Children at Open Circle
School-aged children are invited to remain in the sanctuary during worship; quiet activities are available for them in the basket near the bulletin rack in the entry. A nursery, staffed by volunteers, is available during worship for infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children as needed. If you have questions about our ministry with children, please contact Rhonda Pittman Gingrich.
Open Circle Finances
We thank you for your financial contributions; they make possible the mission and ministries of our great congregation. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account. Forms are available at the top of the stairs. Please talk to Mark Gingrich (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Linda Hoskins (Linda@oakchaseconsulting.com), if you have any questions or want to register. Contributions can also be made through the website. Click on the "Donate to Open Circle" link on the website home page (www.opencirclechurch.com).
Peace to all,
Jay H. Steele