Please join us this coming Sunday, November 12, as we observe the 24th Sunday after Pentecost.  We’ll have a Service of Holy Communion in the Sanctuary at 8am, followed by Fellowship Time at 9, Sunday School for all ages at 9:15, then a Service of Holy Communion with Welcome of New Members in the Sanctuary and Online at 10:30.  Pam Kalapay will be joining us on guitar and whistle at the 10:30 service.

In Sunday’s lections, the prophet Amos calls for justice to roll down like waters. Paul urges us to encourage one another with the promised coming of the Lord. Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Surrounded by the faithful of every time and place, we celebrate Christ’s coming in our midst in the word of life and the feast of victory—the marriage feast of the lamb.

Please follow this link to the bulletin, if you’re joining us online.

Thank you:  Many thanks to the Stewardship Committee for hosting Fellowship Time during the month of November.  Thanks to the participants in our Music Ministry for lovely offerings last Sunday for All Saints.  We had this year’s debut of the Handbell Choir, and the Chancel Choir offered a moving chant and an exciting anthem. Thanks to the Helping Hands Committee who are gearing up for this Sunday’s Purse Bingo.  We’re thankful to all of our donors and volunteers, with a big thanks to Kim and Randy Setzer for their work on this event!

Our Fall Purse Bingo is this Sunday, November 12!  Doors open at noon. Bingo begins at 1pm. Lunch will be available. Tickets are  $30 at the door for twenty games of bingo.  We’ll have specials, 50/50 raffle, tricky tray and more.  Join us for a fun and exciting afternoon!

Upcoming Young at Heart Activities: Join us on December 3 for the Pennsylvania Playhouse’s production of Miracle on 34th Street. We’ll carpool from the church lot at 2pm. Curtain is at 3, and we’ll head over to the Clubhouse Grille for dinner, after the show. The cost is $22.00 per person. Final count and payment are due by November 19.

Join us also on Thursday, December 14, for our annual Christmas Party. We’ll begin at noon. The cost will be $16 and everyone is asked to bring a $10 gift suitable for a man or a woman. RSVP to Kathy by December 3.

Please sign up on the bulletin board or RSVP to Kathy Sigley by emailing her.

Phase IV Pledge Cards:  Pledge cards and a box for their return are available in the Narthex.  We’re hoping that each family giving unit will fill out a card for our capital campaign, even if you cannot make a commitment at this time.  Please speak with Pastor Spencer or Todd Donnelly if you’d like more information about the campaign. Thus far, we have received 13 pledges, totaling $120,400.00.  Thanks be to God!

Poinsettia Orders:  It is hard to believe, but the time is nigh for ordering flowers for Christmas Eve.  The cost will be $13 per poinsettia, which we’ll be ordering from Filchner’s Plants and Produce.  This year, in addition to red and white, we’re going to offer marble plants.  Orders must be received by the exceedingly firm deadline of Sunday, November 27.  We’d like to be sure to get marble plants for those who want them, and there is a limited quantity.  Please also note that you’ll be able to take your plants home after the late service on Christmas Eve, or after the 9am service on Sunday, December 31.  The Parish Office will be closed the week between the two holidays.  You may pick up a form in the Narthex, or download a pdf by following this link.

Mitten Tree:  The Mitten Tree is up and the donations are pouring in! Mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves will be gratefully received and shared with those in need of them.  We are also participating in the Northern Lehigh Valley Mission District’s Ingathering, which is supporting the Ripple Community, Kids Peace, Sayer House, the Allentown Rescue Mission, and the Kindness Project. Please follow this link if you’d like to see the list of items needed for the Ingathering.

November Joyful Giving: :  This month’s Joyful Giving opportunity will support our Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, with which we procure gift cards to assist those in need. We have occasional visitors to the office who are food insecure or otherwise in need of assistance, and gift cards help us to address their immediate need. If they’re local, we also try to connect them to a helping agency who may also assist. You may pick up some Giant gift cards for us in any amount (we most often use $25), or you can leave your contribution in the Joyful Giving basket in the Narthex, or make a contribution on the Vanco App or on our website’s giving page, and the cards will be procured. Thank you!

Directory Updates: Keeping our membership software up to date requires constant care and feeding.  You can help us by letting us know if the kids have moved out, if you have a new address, email address, if you’ve abandoned the landline, got a new cell number, etc.  Please follow this link to let us know, and also note that we’re going to keep the form active moving forward, and it will reside in the Quick Info section of the Weekly email, along with all sorts of other helpful info (including staff contacts, the newsletter, worship assistant schedules, etc.).  We would love to roll out using the membership software to text everyone in the event of a cancellation at church.  We promise, no text spam – just timely important information.  You can use the form to let us know your mobile phone number.  Many thanks!

College Care Packages:  Alan Williams is gearing up to send out care packages to our college students.  Please submit your child’s USPS address to the office by November 19, and they’ll receive a care package from church in time for finals.  Thank you!

From the Wider Church: Here are two interesting articles from Living Lutheran that you might enjoy reading.  There was no news from the Synod this week.

The Well, the Water, and the Women

Lectionary Blog:  Just Before the Party

Please follow this link to the November Newsletter.

Tickets for Breakfast with Santa will be on sale on Sundays, November 19 and 26.  Please see the flier below for more information.