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                                                                    October Newsletter


Thanksgiving Day – Every Day!
 
“Why does it seem we are so easily angered these days?” Perhaps we all are prone to reacting in anger when life’s annoyances overtake us.  Traffic seems interminably congested. Well-made plans seem to go awry.  Newly acquired “conveniences” turn into frustrations. One more task marked “urgent” just landed on an already crowded schedule.  The straw that broke the camels back seems like a whole bale when it strikes us!
            Then, quietly into our October schedule a holiday called “Thanksgiving” finds its way.  I like Thanksgiving primarily because it is a “quiet” holiday.  Perhaps because it is so low profile, we take it for granted.  But could it be that Thanksgiving, translated into “Thanks-living” would be the cure for my frazzled nerves?  Am I so busy planning and doing and meeting expectations I’m not pausing to quietly look to the blessings I have and look to the heavens to say, “Thank you!”
            We work hard.  We play hard.  We strive to improve the quality of our life and of our loving relationships in life.  But have we forgotten that behind it all is our unseen God, opening His hand to give us His gifts?  Who gives us the rainfall, the fruits of the earth, the earth’s resources, the newborn’s smile, the ability to laugh, the relief of tears?   
            Thanksgiving-to whom? To our gracious God in heaven.  For what?  For life, breath, gifts seen and unseen, for family, for friends, for love, peace, and hope...for His Son who has guaranteed eternal life to all who believe in Him.  Thanksgiving will open my eyes to the beauty of life under God’s care.  Thanks-living will enable me to share that beauty with others. As our nation pauses to celebrate a “long-weekend” in October, let’s remember it’s Thanksgiving, but not just on one day, every day!
God be with us,
Pastor Jonathan Schultz
 
Bible Study Hour: Sunday school students meet in the front of the sanctuary after worship dismissal for music. Our adult study: “Every Member an Evangelist” explores the Biblical model for bringing the Good News to others in our lives, develop our own personal “witness” plan, and learn how to handle some of the “objections” to Christianity.
Mid-week Spiritual Oasis –Our Wednesday Bible study will not meet Sept. 28. We resume October 5, 7:00 on Zoom as we study the book of James with the theme, “Practical Christianity – Faith in Action in our lives today.”
Women’s Bible Study meets for spiritual growth and encouragement with the topic, “Someone to Walk With – a Woman’s Guide to Christian Mentoring.” In October the day and time will change in order to accommodate as many members and guests’ schedules as we can. Tentatively the plan is to meet Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., starting October 13th.
Individual Communion is Saturday, October 1, 10:00 a.m. – Noon. Please register by sending an e-mail to Pastor at pastorjschultz@hotmail.com to receive the blessings of the Lord’s Supper.
Pastor regularly visits those unable to receive the Lord’s Supper in person or on Saturdays. Please contact him if you would like to have a personal visit for the Word and Sacrament. You may call the church or pastor’s cell (587-888-2357).
Christian Youth Fellowship meets Friday September 30, for pizza supper at 5:15. We’ll attend the Creation Ministries International (CMI) event at Foothills Lutheran (near the U of C) at 6:30. CMI offers the seminar to demonstrate scientific evidence always corroborates Scripture regarding the recent 6-day creation of the world and the consequences of Noah’s flood. Foothills is simply hosting the event. We’re attending not in a fellowship setting with them, but to learn from the CMI speakers about God’s wonderful creation!
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Fall Fun at Mountain View: Please join us for s’more fall fun on Friday, October 21, 5:00. Our Sunday school children are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt and enjoy s’mores around the bon fire. All families are welcome as we come together in fellowship! Bring a pal and come in a friendly disguise; best costume wins a prize!  Please RSVP to Cassandra Schultz by October 10th since dinner will be served at this event.
Ministry Meetings in October:
Elders’ Committee: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7:00 (Zoom). 
Council: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7:00 (Zoom)
Quarterly Reports & Voters’ Meeting is Sunday, October 23, 11:00 a.m.
 
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Area WELS Reformation Worship is Sunday, October 30, 4:00 at Mighty Fortress Lutheran, 51 Alford Dr. Red Deer. Please bring a salad or side dish to pass for the potluck at 5:00.
 
Where would we be without God’s blessings through the Lutheran Reformation in the 1500’s? We’d live in fear of God, of suffering in a so-called “purgatory,” and enslaved in superstition of praying to saints and buying indulgences to get our loved ones into heaven. God used Luther to bring His Gospel back into clear light!
Today so many co-called “Lutheran” churches have returned to the darkness of doubt and unbelief.
 
God has blessed us in our WELS fellowship with clear confession of His true Word. Let’s make the time to gather with our fellow WELS members for this important Reformation Festival worship – to grow in our faith and to encourage our fellow believers!
 
WELS-Canada Annual Meeting is Tuesday and Wednesday, November 8 & 9 at Cross of Life Lutheran, Mississauga, ON. Pastor & a voting delegate can attend, at WELS-Canada travel expense. Contact Pastor or Roger Zavagnin if you can serve as our delegate. May Christ our Saviour continue to lead and bless us as we, His Church, strive to conduct gospel ministry in our country and around the world through our synod’s missions.
 
 
 

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." ~ Matthew 11:28