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Dear friends,

This coming Sunday, November 3 we will celebrate All Saints’ Day.  This is the day we remember the people of God who have lived and shared life with us and now have gone on to glory.  We will sing hymns, say prayers, read scripture, share Holy Communion, and light candles to honor those who helped us become the people of faith we are today.  For some the day will be very hard as the loss is still fresh in our minds. For others it may be a time to reflect on how God’s love has carried us through the years. No matter where you are, I hope that you will come and sit with others who have loved and loss, and now continue moving forward knowing that we are not alone, God is with us.

For those who may find the coming months difficult due to the death of a loved one – no matter when it was – I encourage you to consider our GriefShare class, Surviving the Holidays, on Tuesday, November 12 from 6:30 – 8 PM.  Lindsey Van Gorder will facilitate a time of sharing and offer coping strategies on how to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays and what to do about traditions and other coming changes. You will also learn helpful ideas for surviving social events and how to discover hope for your future.  You can sign up in the church office, or you can call or email us at 858-273-1480 / .

This week I will share my meditation from 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12.  This is one of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the early church in Thessalonica.  In it he gives thanks for the faith and love the church exhibits and their continued growth as a faith community through the work of the Holy Spirit.  This passage reminds me of one of the things I am grateful for within this congregation; your continued growing faith and love in Jesus Christ, our Lord.  It was part of the nuts and bolts of St. Mark’s early congregation and has continued to sustain the church through the decades. You are part of a great legacy that continues to grow in ministry, inside and outside the church walls, through your faith and love in Jesus. To God be the glory!

Don’t forget that on Saturday night, November 2, we set our clocks back one hour.  Enjoy your extra hour of sleep and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday at 9:30 AM.  Until then, remember that we are never forgotten, never alone, and forever blessed.

Live in peace,

Jeri