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          PASTOR'S MESSAGE AND HERITAGE HAPPENINGS FOR NOVEMBER 4

This last Thursday, November 1 was All Saints' Day and this Sunday just before the Prayer of Great Thanksgiving we will light candles to remember the saints at Heritage who died in the faith this past year.  We will also light eleven candles to remember our Jewish brothers and sisters who were massacred while attending worship at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. 

 Our Gospel reading this Sunday in Mark 12 is about the greatest commandment to which Jesus added another, both about love-love God and love neighbor as yourself.    You've heard these commandments many times, love God, love neighbor, but I think we tend to gloss over the love of self.  That will be our focus this Sunday.

What does it mean to love yourself and how might that love transform you into being the human being God intended you to be?  How would love of self help eliminate hate and evil in our world?  How might it change how we see others not with a critical and judgmental eye but with the eye of God? 

Join me with all the saints in heaven and on earth this Sunday and let's worship with all our heart and mind and soul and strength. 

 

  In Christ,

 

 Pastor Karen

 CHILI COOK-OFF is THIS Sunday, November 4th.  All are invited to enjoy good food and fellowship

 

AGUA FRIA FOOD & CLOTHING BANK collection is this Sunday.  They are blessed to have served the valley for over 22 years.  Each week over 1,000 people are served meals they need to survive, in addition to providing, showers, clothing, senior boxes, baby care bags, and a variety of other needs.  All this is possible from the support they receive from generous donors. 

 

THE ANNUAL SOCKS & UNDIES DRIVE benefitting the Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank begins this Sunday and continues through the month of November.  New socks, t-shirts, and undies for men, women, and children will be collected.  Bring in your donations and place in the specially marked box in the narthex.

 

ON SUNDAY TITHE is Sunday, November 18th.  Come and hear about it this Sunday.

 

GIVING STATEMENTS through October are available to pick up on the round table in the narthex.

 

PLEASE WELCOME Roger Hicks as our new Choir Director and Pat Ryan as our new Praise Director.  We are blessed to have them join our small but mighty staff.

 

NER invites you to the NER DVD Launch event to be held on Saturday, November 10th  from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 3003 W. Northern Ave.  Come and hear from several refugee families how these DVD’s have helped them learn English that has helped them settle in to their new households and communities.  See the flyer on the bulletin board and on the information table in the narthex for more information.

 

BITES & STINGS brochure by Banner is available on the table in the Narthex.  It covers prevention, myths, & treatments of venomous bites and stings of Arizona.  One per family please.

 

COME ALONGSIDE a child, youth or an adult to help with reading, writing, math, or homework assignments after worship.  Just a few minutes of your time can make a life-time difference in someone else’s life.  See Beverly Fletcher for more information.

 

TUTORING is held at 10:45 a.m. Tutors are to gather in Heritage House after worship. 

 

THE WIRED WORD meets at 10:45 a.m. to discuss current events alongside the Bible.   ADULT BIBLE STUDY meets at 10:45 a.m. Both classes meet in Heritage House

 

COFFEE sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex to order JUSTO CAFÉ from a coffee farm co-op in Mexico to support workers and their families.  Each bag is $10.00 and includes cost of shipping.  

 

NURSERY WORKER wanted for Heritage nursery Sunday mornings 9:15–10:15 a.m.  See David Wilson, Administration Elder.  Must be at least 19 years old and consent to a background check.  This is a paid position.

 

OUR DAILY BREAD devotionals for Sept./Oct./Nov. are available on the information table.

 

WHAT’S ON TAP TUESDAY?   Men’s fellowship meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Dubina’s Brewery, 67th Ave., just north of Bell Rd.  Bring your Bible.  Next meeting is Tuesday, November 13th.

 

BIBLE & BRUNCH meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month., Next meeting is November 14th at 10:00 a.m. Bring a dish to share.  All are welcome.

 

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, a grief support group meets the first Thursday of the month.  The next gathering is Thursday, December 6th at 11:30 a.m. in Heritage House.  Bring a dish to share for a light potluck lunch.

 

THE PRAYER SHAWL GROUP HAS A NEW LOCATION at PuraTea Water, 3515 W. Union Hills Dr. #101 (SW corner of 35th Ave. & Union Hills). They will continue to meet every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to knit, crochet items for those who need to be wrapped in prayer.  Beginners are welcome.

 

JOIN WITH CAFÉ JUSTO for the 2018 Border to Border Delegation on a pilgrimage from Douglas, AZ to the Mexico/Guatemala border exploring the connections between Coffee, Migration and Faith.  The pilgrimage begins October 26th through November 3rd.  Cost is $1700. For more information or to register contact Vicky Chaidez at 520-364-9257 or email her at
vicky@fronteradecristo.org.  See the flier on the information table with more details on the tour and the activities that will be available.   

 

JOIN EMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH for an upcoming mission trip to build a house for a family in need in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Emmanuel is partnering with The Amor Mission Team and the Mexican government.  The trip is February 15-18,  President’s Weekend.  Volunteers are responsible for their hotel and some meals. For more information contact Melodi Bintz at 602-465-7224.

 

RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS needed to take photos of events at Heritage throughout the year.  Send your photos to
heritagepres@gmail.com as events at the church occur.  Mention to those in the photo the picture may be used in the annual report and should one not want their photo used, please delete it.

 

EYEGLASSES NEEDED for the Lions Club Foundation Eyeglass Program. Look for the box in the Narthex to make your donation.  








 

  


  





















                 




 

                   

 

  






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