PROTESTANT REFORMATION 500
Five hundred years ago this month, a monk and professor of theology rediscovered the path to salvation, forgiveness, and reconciliation with our Heavenly Father. You can never be “good enough” to earn a place in heaven. We are redeemed only through the amazing grace of God, in response to the sacrifice of God’s Son on the cross for our sake.
Martin Luther rediscovered that truth, not in the writings of a religious philosopher or an educated theologian, but rather, in the pages of the Old and New Testament (which every one of us has in our homes … and perhaps even have on our computers and cell phones).
On October 31, 1517, Luther posted 95 propositions (theses) highlighting this Biblically-based faith on the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, for the whole world to see. Thus began a world-transforming protest movement called the Protestant Reformation.
Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) Ephesians 2:1-10
Sola Fide (Faith Alone) Romans 5:1-5
Solus Christus (Christ Alone) Acts 4:5-12
Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) 2nd Timothy 3:10-17
Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone Be the Glory) Psalm 96
Today, our Protestant faith still proclaims the Gospel, the Good News, which is for all people everywhere. “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:16-17). Now that’s a reason to celebrate!!
WORLD COMMUNITY DAY
Church Women United of the Shenango Valley invites all women of faith to their annual World Community Day celebration on Monday, October 9, at 10 a.m. at New Virginia United Methodist Church. The theme of the worship service will be “Kindling New Fires of Peace.” Refreshments follow. Bring a nonperishable item for the Community Food Warehouse. See Shirley Gibson for more information.
ANNUAL STEWARDSHIP DINNER & CHINESE AUCTION
Sunday, October, 22, immediately following worship
Tickets are on sale each Sunday in October Before & After Worship
Adults – $7.00 / Children 7-10 – $3.00
Children 6 and under – FREE
This year’s menu: Pork, chicken strips, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans,
applesauce, salad, rolls, beverages and dessert.
We need auction donations (newly purchased or handmade).
Please bring your gifts, with the below in your bulletin or newsletter completed, to the church office
NO LATER than Thursday, October 19.
Copies of two daily devotional booklets, Our Daily Bread and The Upper Room, are available in regular and large print in the Narthex. You can also get these online – look for the MORE INFO tab on our website.
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Friendship Circle
HOMEMADE SOUP SALE
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 24 & 25
Chicken Noodle, Vegetable Beef, and Stuffed Pepper Soup
Just $6 per quart
Comes in a heavy-duty plastic container suitable for freezing.
To order, fill out the form in your bulletin or newsletter and place it
in the offering plate or mail it to the church office.
All orders must be received by October 19
Make checks payable to “Friendship Circle”
There are still many Sundays left to honor or remember your loved ones by beautifying our worship throughout the year. Your cost is just $40 for the two vases. Why not donate some and inspire us to worship our Creator in prayer and praise! Sign up in the Narthex.
PACK A SHOE BOX FOR SAMARITAN’S PURSE
It’s time to fill shoe boxes of goodies to share with children in need around the world through Operation Christmas Child, a project of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse organization. Last year, we donated 15 boxes. Our goal this year is to match that.
1. SHOE BOX Look in the Narthex for boxes that are just the right size. We couldn’t get any of the fancy boxes from Samaritan’s Purse, so we have actual shoe boxes. Or you can fill your own shoebox – plastic shoe boxes are especially valued around the world.
2. BOY OR GIRL? Determine whether your box will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 (Remember Jim Urban’s presentation a few years back, saying that there’s usually a shortage of gifts for older children). Mark the correct age category on the box.
3. FILL WITH GIFTS Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. See Linda Willey if you need gift ideas.
4. INCLUDE YOUR DONATION Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. Write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box.
5. DROP OFF Place a rubber band around the closed box (do not seal it with tape) and bring it to church no later than Sunday, November 12.
OCTOBER’S ITEMS for the Community Food Warehouse are healthy snacks (nonperishable pudding packs, granola bars, 100-calorie cookie and cracker packs, etc.). Please place your donations on the table in front of the pulpit.
OCTOBER WORSHIP LEADERS
Altar Guild: Linda Behary and Marlyn Choffel
Communion Servers: Werner Specht, Linda Willey and Kathy Wherry
Greeters: (Nametags are in the Narthex)
Ushers: (Nametags are in the Narthex)
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