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The son of a poor widow struck it rich and wanting to show his love for his mother, he wanted to buy her an expensive gift.  He went to a pet shop and asked the owner for the rarest and most exotic bird he had in the shop.  For $50,000 the owner sold him a beautiful parrot who recited the Ten Commandments.  No gift was too costly for his mother who gave her son all he needed while growing up poor.  So the son shipped the bird to his mother and after a few days called her and asked, “Did you get the bird?”  And his mother replied, “I sure did, son, and it was delicious!”  

Imagine how appalled the son was to hear these words.  How sad and grieved he was to hear what she did to such an expensive gift.  This was not what he expected to hear.  It reminds me of the man in our story this Sunday from the Gospel of Mark (10:17-31).  He, too, was rich and he wanted to inherit one thing more.   Many don’t like the story, some will avoid coming to church just so they won’t have to hear it again.  But hear it again is a must for anyone who is wealthy.  Don’t consider yourself wealthy?  Come this Sunday and get rich. 

Be blessed, 

Pastor Karen   

THANK YOU to all those who worked to make the picnic a wonderful time of good food, fellowship, and celebration of Dan's music ministry to the church. To Sue Rayner, Charlotte Buss, Carol Brady, Bill Jones, Mike Piatt, Guy Remenap, Jeff DeYoung, Anne Muiga, & Jennehope Nyiranduhura, and those who stayed to help clean up and put the rooms back for weekly gatherings.  


IT’S BIRTHDAY SUNDAY time to celebrate all of the birthdays in October.  For anyone having a birthday this month, please bring a treat to share during fellowship time. 


THE HART FUNDRAISER will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21st.  There will be a silent auction, and a craft and bake sale.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the chili cook-off on Sunday, November 4th.


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.


BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, a grief support group meets the first Thursday of the month.  The next gathering is Thursday, November 1st at 11:30 a.m. in Heritage House.  Bring a dish to share for a light potluck lunch.


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.


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.