WORDS OF WISDOM
Prayer is a journey into the great relationship we have with God. What are the right times to pray? What is the right way to pray? No matter what we say or when, God is always there. Praying to God is a wonderful privilege.
What are you thanking God for today? God often gets blamed when something goes wrong, but he seldom gets credit for all the things that go right. No one knows how many times God has protected us from harm. But when there is a tragedy, we ask"Where was God?" Consider all the wonderful things God does silently on your behalf each day. God keeps giving us reasons to praise Him.
Read Luke 10:30-37, the story Jesus told about the good Samaritan. Faith is seen in our actions. May we be ready and willing to help someone at any time.
Four habits worth having: First, the habit of prayer Second, the habit of study Third, the habit of giving and, last, the habit of fellowship.
We are "the light of the world." It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary people that keep the darkness at bay. There is one force that the darkness cannot conquer - the force of loving acts of kindness done in Jesus name, those who turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, forgive and love their enemies. So look for the opportunity to perform acts of kindness today to bring the light of Christ to others and light up your world.
The word "mercy" means "steadfast love." It refers to God's faithfulness. "Wait on the LOrd from day to day, strength he provides in His own way; there's no need to worry, no need to fear, He is our God who is always near." (FORTNA) Remembering God's provision for yesterday gives hope and strength for today. Don't worry about tomorrow either - God is already there.
On God's family, every person has a job to do; there are no spectators. We weep and laugh together, we bear each others burdens, We pray for and encourage each other. We challenge and help each other to turn from sin. We need each other to get to where God wants us to go.
CHARGE CONFERENCE COMING Saturday, October 6 at 4 at the church.
This is an annual event, held this year with our new District Superintendent. The primary responsibilities shall be to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church, receive reports, and adopt objectives and goals recommended by the church council that are in keeping with the objectives of The United Methodist Church. It is also the time for us to elect three trustees as the class 2021. By New York State law, this must be done by a written ballot. Candidates for the class of 2021 are: John Ellithorpe, Steven Land and Betsy Pond.
DID YOU NOTICE The lovely new wooden railing at the front entrance? It was made and installed by Rick Potts, a master carpenter and member of the Lutheran congregation.
SARANAC LAKE ECUMENICAL FOOD PANTRY
October is pasta and sauces month. Please add your donation to the red shopping cart at the back of the sanctuary.
CHURCH COUNCIL - IMPORTANT MOTIONS
Methodist Service 9:30 – 10:30
Christian education10:45 – 11:30
Lutheran Service: 11:45 – 12:30 CARRIED unanimously
This will start October 14th.
Salaries are $5,535 less than last year.
Our fuel expense so far is $3,426 greater than last year reflecting cold weather and
ECUMENICAL COUNCIL NOTES
Welcomed its 100th resident since we opened a year or so ago, and we expect to be full for the upcoming winter.
Debbie McCarthy has been conducting a Life Skills program for the residents, including a cooking class, which she and the residents share.
We’ve had some volunteers for painting from the veterans’ group and are looking for more.
The Go Fish Thrift Store at High Peaks Church is offering vouchers for Samaritan House residents.
We have 30 volunteers at this point, which is great, since demand remains high, with around 40 households participating each week.
We gave out 18 vouchers in August to assist with paying items like past due rent and utility bills, and we also bought school clothing for six kids.
We raised over $12,000 last winter through the Red Kettle campaign. This year’s campaign is starting to gear up. We begin around Thanksgiving and will have at least three locations, as well as counter-top donation boxes in at least three locations.
We had 50 volunteers last year and would love to have more. Cathy Moore of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is coordinating the Red Kettle Campaign for this year. To volunteer, give Cathy a call at (518) 891-2600 or email her at:
The Council’s annual Progressive Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 13. We begin at the First Presbyterian at 5:00. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!!
The Annual CROP Walk to raise money for the hungry is also on October 13th. Half the money raised stays here in Saranac Lake to focus on those in our area who are in need of food. We could use some volunteers to help organize it!
Ecumenical Gospel Choir Workshop - Sponsored by the Peace and Justice Group on October 27 and being led by the SUNY Plattsburgh Gospel Choir and its director, Dexter Criss. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church and includes a potluck lunch and dinner. An evening concert is planned for the end of the day. Sounds great!
REMEMBER WITH A CARD
Rose Nadon: Neighborhood House, PO Box 46, Keene Valley, NY 12943
Genevieve Clarkson: Champlain Valley Senior Community, 10 Gilliland Lane, Willsboro, NY 12996
Margaret Turnbull: 3873 Burnup Road Black River, NY 13612
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