November 14, 2016
Stay Fully Engaged
As I write this message, it has been 48 hours since our country started voting and 96 hours since we gathered for All Saints Sunday. In Sunday's sermon, I reminded us that we are ALL Saints of God, claimed by Christ in our Baptism. We live in the in-between times, between our baptism and death, challenged by the sin of this world . . . poverty, violence, grief, hunger, racism, classism, sexism, and so much more. As Saints of God we are called to be fully engaged and offer the acceptance, care and love we know from God to all people and creation.

Each of us has had our own unique reaction to the presidential election which includes a wide range of emotions – surprise, shock, frustration, anger, numbness, fear, and much more. Abusive language and threats of violence from the election cycle still echo in my ears, even while I am confused and do not know how they will be implemented as policy. But because our church community represents the richness of God’s people with diversity of race, sexual identity, class, legal status, age, gender, and various physical and emotional abilities, there are among us those whose primary response has been fear.

We are ONE in the body in Christ and when one hurts, we all hurt. Advent is called to be a safe place that strives to welcome and protect everyone. We are called to live in the in-between times fully engaged. The election is over, but our conversations and our advocacy work take on more importance.

Let us together be a safe place where ALL can share their thoughts, fears and concerns. Let us together be a safe place that works to hold each other, our community, church and government accountable to act with justice and love. Let us together seek out advocacy actions that will keep us fully engaged.

One way to be informed is through our ELCA Advocacy Office emails, which provide information and action ideas. Click here to start getting those emails.

The Gospel text for All Saints Sunday ended with this call to engagement, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)
Update: Yesterday's sermon explored more ways we can stay engaged together.
Watch a 2 minute clip from yesterday's sermon
Something We Can Do Now
Right now one way we can care for God's creation and stand in solidarity with those who need our support is to join others in protesting the construction of a new oil pipeline through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Tomorrow, November 15, will be a worldwide Day of Action for Standing Rock, and protesters in New York City will be meeting at 26 Federal Plaza at 4pm to stand with Standing Rock. Get the event details here and consider joining people nationwide in demanding justice for Native Americans and our natural environment.

In addition, this Sunday you can learn about the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission at a Special Coffee Hour at 12pm in the basement fellowship hall. This is a ministry we lift up in prayer every Sunday in worship, and is certainly worth learning more about!
An Overview of the Advent and Christmas Seasons
The Advent season is only TWO weeks away! We want to put some special events and worship services on your radar so you can be part of them.

First, we have an abundance of fun activities where you can help raise money for our Community Lunch and Food Pantry.

Sign up now to volunteer at our Christmas Tree & Cookie Sale Saturday, December 3  from 8am-1pm. Can't be there on the day of the sale? You can also sign up to donate cookies or other homemade holiday treats for the fundraiser.

Like singing Christmas carols? Join us for "Raising Voices, Feeding Neighbors," Christmas Caroling on our front steps at 12:10-12:40pm on Sunday, December 11 and at 1-2pm on Saturday, December 17.

Instead of collecting donations for poinsettias in the Advent season, we collect canned nonperishable food and monetary donations to feed others. Any canned food you bring during the season will be placed at the front of our sanctuary as an offering, and then shared at our Food Pantry. Monetary donations will be divided between our Food Ministries and ELCA World Hunger.

Second, we invite you to join us for these special opportunities to worship this Advent and Christmas season:

Wednesday Evening Worship | 6:30pm Wednesdays beginning November 30 and concluding January 11. This series will feature music from Holden Evening Prayer, accompaniment by Advent musicians past and present (Joshua, Deanna, Frank, Aaron and Michelle), and reflections on Luther's Christmas Book by a variety of our congregation's staff and leaders.

Travelers Christmas Worship Service | 6:30pm in English on Wednesday, December 21

Christmas Eve Worship Services | 5pm & 8pm in English, 10:30pm in Spanish

Christmas Day Worship Services | 10am in English, 12pm in Spanish
A New Directory is in the Making
Couldn't make one of the photoshoot times for our directory? Don't forget to send in your photo to so we can include you. Along with your photo, please include your contact information and names of all people in the photo. If you participate in our community in any way, you belong in this directory with us!

Completed directories are expected to arrive sometime in January. Can't wait to open one up and see all the people who make up this vibrant community.
Find a Ministry to Learn, Grow & Serve In
LaMP Dinner tonight? Music Mondays' Ecco concert tonight? Community Lunch this Saturday? Sunday School? Sunday morning Adult Conversations about traveling to Cuba, and the person and Bible book we call Matthew? 20s/30s Brunch this Sunday? Youth Night this Sunday?

What ministry or special event will you be involved in this month? There are many ways to connect in fellowship and service this November!
View our full Ministry Calendar
This Sunday
Gospel | Luke 23:33–43
Preaching | Pastor Mills at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Ann at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Advent Chorale | Sings at 9am worship
Sunday Singers | Rehearses at 10:15am, sings at 11am worship
Sunday School | Meets 10:05am in the sanctuary
Adult Conversation | Meets at 10:10am in the front half of the basement fellowship hall
Special Coffee Time | Learn about the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission at 12pm in the basement fellowship hall
Youth Night | Meets at 6-8pm in the youth room (next to the kitchen)
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