Dear Peninsula MCC Friend:
Join us on Sunday for a celebration of All Saints. Please feel free to bring a picture of a loved one, or someone you admire as a saint, to place on the altar. Manny is sharing reflections with us this week, in memory of Katya, who made him promise to do so. I'm looking forward to it.
Halloween has its roots in Samhain, an ancient Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. It's believed by many that on this day in particular, the veil between the living and those who have gone before is thin and permeable. Today these celebrations continue for some spiritual traditions, as bonfires are lit, feasts are laid, and ancestor spirits are invited to join in the festivities. Meanwhile, children will gather at parties or in neighborhood streets for trick-or-treating.
Christianity habitually uses the metaphor of "light" for good, and "dark" for bad, but in this season we can acknowledge that both have a role in making life in all its forms possible. Humans, animals and plants need both to survive. This seasonal movement from light to dark is testimony to the natural order of change, and how it unfolds in our lives. We can celebrate darkness as a gift, and, when it's hard, we can remember that the light will get its turn once again.
Next Tuesday, November 4: Don't forget to vote, no choir practice. Mail in ballots should be postmarked no later than October 31st in order to be received by election day.
Next Wednesday, November 5, 7:00pm: Spiritual Disciplines: This group will gather to experience some new ways to connect to God and texts of faith. Meeting at PMCC with Sharon Henry.
Next Sunday, we continue our sermon series: Revisit Born Again. Many of us have an idea of what it means to be "born again," but there may be more than one way to look at it. Let’s explore together.
Rev. Terri J. Echelbarger
Senior Pastor, Peninsula MCC
Upcoming Services and Events:
Nov. 9: Revisit Born Again: "You must be born again," what?
Nov. 16: Release Shame: Go ahead, you can do it!
Nov. 23: Transgender Day of Remembrance, a special service being planned by the Somewhere in the Middle group. Please bring non-perishable foods, if you can, for Samaritan House.
Nov. 30: Community Thanksgiving Potluck, bring something to share!
Dec. 7: Combs for La Sala (Puente), we need 75! Also: Shampoo, Soap, Razors, Combs, Deodorant, Lotion, Hand towels, Wash cloths (dark colors), Mini flashlights, T-shirts (dark colors, no red). Coloring books, Fiskars blunt scissors, Glue sticks, Party-size Play-Doh, Small toys (matchbox cars), Stocking Caps (not Red), Stickers.