This missive is both your usual Midweek Update and the Newsletter for October. Please read on to see what is happening at Edgcumbe Church this month. Our series on Non-Violent Communication will continue next week.
School tools for Fall 2015
In talking with the parent/community liaison at Highland Park high school this past summer, we identified a deeper need for school tools support, which was to help teacher's in their classroom needs. Here is a list of items that teachers are needing for their classrooms:
· Hand sanitizer
· #2 pencils (not mechanical so students can use on tests)
· Bus tokens (for students who stay after school for homework help but do not have transportation home)
· Binder folders
· White board markers
If you are interested in participating in this year's School Tools drive, please bring these items to worship on any Sundays of October, and we will dedicate them on October 25.
New church directories are ready to be assembled, stapled and labeled TOMORROW MORNING, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 by 11:00 AM. If you’d like to help, give Lois a call in the office at 651-698-8220 and see if you can assist. Directories will be available for pick-up on Sunday.
Middle School/High School Gathering
The next middle school/high school event will be a movie night at EPC on Saturday, October 24, from 6:30p-9p (the movie is still be chosen). All students in grades 6-12 are invited that night and encouraged to bring friends along as well. Snacks will be provided.
2nd Grade Bibles
On October 25, we will present Lucie Dietz with her 2nd grade Bible. The EPC community is invited to sign her bible in the coming weeks with prayers, blessings, and possibly mentioning favorite Bible verses. Please look for Lucie's Bible in the narthex and sign it!
Sunday School DAVID drama
Our Sunday School children continue to work on their dramatic interpretation of the biblical story of David: poet, king, father, warrior, sinner, saint. We will hope to announce the opening of this world premier soon. Thank you to the children and to Lorenz and Heather for all their work on this project!
Enneagram Class in November
Pastor Phil is teaching another Enneagram class in early November. This one will be a Friday evening and all-day Saturday class at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Nov. 6 & 7. The class would be great for both beginners and folk who took Phil’s earlier class. To register, go to this website or talk to Pastor Phil: http://www.lakenokomispc.org/intro-to-enneagram.html If you need a scholarship to help cover the $75 fee, please talk to Pastor Phil—money should not be a barrier for anyone to attend this informative and inspiring class.
Presbytery Mission Celebration Fair
On Saturday, October 24, our Presbytery is holding a free mission fair at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis, with examples of mission and ministry work from many of the Presbyterian churches in our area. EPC will be represented by Elder Carol Schweickhardt talking about both ArtPlayce at the Edge and our connection to Plaster House in Arusha, Tanzania, through Ron and Ingrid Eggert. If you would like to attend this exciting day and see what other churches are doing, please register on the Presbytery website: http://www.presbyterytwincities.org/files/1023_flyer_for_mission_celebration_10_2015.pdf
Macalester Student Retreat at EPC
In another exciting development, the chaplain’s office at Macalester College will be taking a group of students on a leadership retreat here at our church on October 31. Especially appealing to Chaplain Kelly Stone is our big back yard for outside play and worship.
Pastors Julie and Phil will be taking off Sunday, October 11, as Phil marries his nephew Stephen and fiancée Kylie in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The GebbenGreens will be gone from Friday, Oct. 9 through Thursday, Oct. 15, after the wedding and a quick trip to Duluth.
All Saints’ Day
While we always celebrate All Saints on the first Sunday of November, this year the Sunday happens to be November 1, All Saints’ Day itself. During worship on that day, we would like to invite each of you to bring a memento or memory of a saint in your life who has died. There will be time for storytelling or sharing or bringing your item forward if you like, to honor the role that these saints have played in our own lives and faith.
Giving Statements for the first three quarters of 2015 will be printed this coming week and distributed on Sunday, October 18. Please check your statement carefully in case any corrections need to be made prior to the final December 31, 2015 statement that will be needed for your tax return.
October anniversaries and Birthdays
October 1st would have been Bob and Edith Ekstrand’s wedding anniversary. Care to Bob at this time. Birthdays in October are Dan Froelich, on October 3 and Margo Daily on October 11. Best wishes to them both.
· Ongoing prayers for Ron Eggert who is looking for healing and comfort as he recovers from difficult bout of pneumonia.
· Prayers for the homeless as our days turns cooler and darker.