Property and Maintenance: Let there be... HEAT!
The church would like to thank the KOSCO project manager, Al Orten, for all the time and effort he put into analyzing the church's heating needs, recommending the correct boilers, and overseeing the whole installation. In addition we'd like to thank church member Steven Kurtz, also from KOSCO, who was involved in the project from start to finish. It was great to have an "inside man" on the project.
I know we are accustomed to looking
UP to the heavens while in church, but next time you are in Debbie's Office
look down to see the new carpet. The women's guild donated the carpet for
the office and it looks great.
Joe Ulrich or Gretchen Giles.
With the weather starting to cool off the Youth Group is just getting warmed up.
Thank you to everyone that came out & supported our car wash or brought in blankets for our community service project for our local HIV/AIDS Related Community Services. The blankets were very much appreciated and will be put to good use this winter.
The November food pantry item will be Thanksgiving items. Please drop off these items in the box on the landing. We will be putting together 4 boxes of food for families for there holiday tables. If you have a turkey that you would like to donate for these families we would appreciate that. The last day for this collection is 11/11/07.
We are almost sold out of pocket calendars for 2008 at $5 each. We did sell out of the wall calendars and note cards. Thank you for your purchases!! We are so glad that you liked them. If you missed out on them this year we will be selling them again next year.
We will be making our famous cranberry & pumpkin breads. Please reserve your bread for pick up on 11/18/07. We will be also doing the coffee hour on that Sunday so you can taste the bread(s) that you just purchased.
Penny Social was held on 10/26/07..more on that in next months Spire. We
would like to wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.
The Mitten Tree will be up on 11/18/07.
Please take a mitten off of the tree and purchase a hat, glove, &/or a scarf for the age of the children that is on the mitten that you have picked out & put it in the box in the SchadewaldHall. The last day of the collection of these items will be 12/23/07. All of the items collected will go to our area schools. Thank you for making a child’s winter a little warmer.
November Thanksgiving Collection
Our Thanksgiving Offering along with November mission collections will once again be used to support one of RCA’s special mission projects. This year we will be supporting our denomination’s Give-A-Cow program in Madanapalle, South India.
Over 75 percent of people in the Madanapalle region live in poverty and struggle each day to provide even basic necessities for their families. So the need for cows is great. Immediately after receiving a cow, a family can provide milk for its own members and earn enough money from milk sales to ensure their whole family has enough to eat each day.
A gift of $500 will provide a cow to a family through the Give-A-Cow program. And each family who receives a cow donates the cow’s first calf back to the program to be given to another family. So the gift keeps on giving!
With last year’s Thanksgiving collection our church was able to contribute over $2000 to the Windmill Project in Ethiopia! Let’s see what we can do this year. We will be using the collection from our Thanksgiving Eve service along with our November Mission envelope collections in the pews. Together we can make a difference!
Mission Committee - Carla Paton (chair), Kim Burgess, Lisa Longto
PARSON TO PERSON
The other afternoon I was on the Thruway headed to the I.C. U. Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany to visit on of our members. Contemplating the visit, and looking at the scenery as I drove, I found myself thinking about some things I was thankful for:
v - the blessing of ICU Units,
v - the beauty of the colors on the hillsides unspoiled by all the political signs,
v - the marvel of our highway system,
v - the smell of new carpet and the emotional lift it seems to bring,
v - the freshness of newly painted ceilings and walls at home,
v - an upcoming visit to our sons in Louisiana and Texas,
v - the renewal of my contract permitting continued ministry with all of you,
v - our berme and all who give time to keep it looking nice,
v - living in the Hudson Valley, so beautiful and largely free from deadly fires, floods, hurricanes and tornados that so many have faced,
v - Sunday worship and coffee fellowship afterwards,
v - my wonderful wife who does so much for me,
v - the love of God above everything else.
These are just a few things that popped into my head. If I worked hard at it, I could fill pages. So often I just walk through my days with little conscious thought for myriad of blessings that fill my life to overflowing.
Why not take some time this month and with deliberation give some serious thought to the things you are thankful for. You might even want to write them down. Such a mental exercise will bless your spirit.
At our meeting last month a committee was formed to purchase new carpeting for the church office. Well, it has been installed and it looks great. If you haven’t seen it please stop by the office and check it out. The purchase of this went over our budget a little but someone donated money to off set the cost of this. I thank this committee for a great job that they did!!
Please stop by our bake sale table when you come to the Election Day Turkey Dinner on November 6. A lot of great items will be there for you to take home! Enjoy!
Keep an eye out for the Poinsettia Sale which will be starting at the end of the month. The alter looks great and so will your home. Put your order in so you don’t miss out on your poinsettia.
Lastly, our famous Cookie Walk will be held on 12/16/07. This sale starts right after church. So, bakers get your cookie sheets warm and ready. Thank you to all for your help with this!
We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. While we gather with our families and friends, please take a moment and remember just how blessed we really are.
WORSHIP IN NOVEMBER:
4th All Saints Sunday with Communion:
Scripture: John 11:28-44
11th Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Mark 10: 46-52
Message: “Secrets for Meaningful Living”
18th Thanksgiving Sunday
Guest worship leader
(Vanderlaan’s on vacation)
21st Thanksgiving Eve Service
Guest worship leader
(Vanderlaan’s on vacation)
25th Christ the King Sunday
Scripture: John 18:33-37
Message: “A Different Kind of King”
…will be held on November 18th after our morning worship services.
Members are urged to join us to be involved in the election of Consistory members; to hear and react to various reports; to discuss and act on the proposed budge for the coming year and to hear long and short range goals for the church. We try to keep it short and concise but it is an important part of the life of the congregation and members should make a concerted effort to join us for the meeting. We will serve alight lunch prior to the meeting and hope that you will be a part of the planning for the future and looking at the accomplishments of the past year….. See you on the 20th.
The 2008 Flower Calendar is now available and dates are already being added. IF you would like a special date, either see Sheila Read after Church OR call her, at 331-7715 as soon as you know, as dates are taken quickly and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed.
1 cup of good thoughts 1 cup of kind deeds
1 cup of consideration of others 2 cups of sacrifice for others
3 cups of forgiveness 3 cups of well beaten faults
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Add tears of joy, sorrow and sympathy for others. Flavor with a little bit of love. Fold in 4 cups of prayer and faith. Pour into daily life and bake well with the heat of human kindness.
Serve with a smile. Becky Harrison, Westside Baptist Church, Antlers, Oklahoma
(submitted by Sheila Read)
Good Neighbor Recipe
1 tongue, that does not slander 1 heart, generous and kind
2 ears, closed to gossip 1 mind, full of tolerance
1 dash of wit 1 sweet smile
2 eyes, overlooking other’s faults 2 hands, extended to help others
1 dash of sunny disposition 1 dash of cheerfulness
Blend together and form into one being; serve generous portions to everyone you meet.
Bro. M. O. Madden, Oakmont Church of God, Shreveport, Louisiana
(submitted by Sheila Read)
PARISH HEALTH TIPS
TIME TO THINK ABOUT FLU SHOTS AGAIN!!
Influenza, “the Flue”, is a highly contagious disease that is caused by a virus, which infect the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). It is estimated that influenza causes more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths each year in the United States.
We Remember You
A quilt has been made to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The quilt has over 200 blocks on it and you can purchase a block in honor or in memory of someone that has/had cancer. These blocks are in 4 different sizes that you can be purchased:
Purchase of these blocks can be done in person or you can do this by mail. Please send me the block size that you want, how you would like your block to read and a check made out to the American Cancer Society. My mailing address is 297 Marcott Rd, Kingston, NY 12401. Half of the quilt has ready been spoken for so please do not hesitate in purchasing your block. Thank you for your support!!
The Youth Group will be shipping items to the men over in Iraq who won’t be home for the holiday’s this year. The items that we would like to collect would be personal use items such as shampoo, razors, soap, flee collars, magazines, blank cards for the soldiers to write back to their families, playing cards, candy, snacks, microwave popcorn…well this is just an idea.
We are doing this as one of our Youth Group members-Thomas Roddy-has an uncle that has been deployed from our Kingston barracks National Guard unit to Iraq.
Please put your donations in the box in Schadewald Hall. We will be collecting items until Thanksgiving.
We thank you for your support!
FAMILY EVENT-FUN FOR ALL AGES
The Youth Group is planning a night at the Albany NYS Museum and they don’t want you to miss out on it.
It will happen on Friday, 1/25/08. We will have the whole museum to ourselves. The cost of this event is $30 a person. This will enable you to enter the museum at 6:45pm. For dinner we will have pizza, a craft will be made this is if you want to do this, a snack will be served, tour the museum without a crowd of people, and then sleepover in a museum. We need to exit the museum by 9am on Sat, 1/26/08.
If you are interested please contact Amy Sirni at 338-4960 or Sandy Emrich 687-4006 to sign up or with any questions. Sign ups are going on now for this.
PLEASE DON’T STOP
Thank you to everyone for bringing in your empty can & bottle returns. The response has been great & I will appreciate it! Please put them in the box in Schadewald Hall. All of this benefits my WISE project for the American Cancer Society.
Thank you for your support and help!!
For those of you who are not familiar with this fund raiser it simply works like this:
· Bake SEVERAL batches of your favorite holiday cookie,
· Bring them to the church kitchen on Sunday morning.
· When the church service is over, everyone is invited to come to Schadwald Hall, pick up a cookie box and fill it with an assortment of cookies for $5.00 per pound.
· It is by far the best bargain around but only as successful as the number and variety of cookies we have to offer.
So, please, as you are planning your holiday baking, remember the church's Cookie Walk, on Dec. 16th, and your contribution to it.
Christa Conlin and Joyce Pinckney, co-chairpersons
The Heidelberg Catechism, Part VI: The Ten Commandments (cont.) and the Lord’s Prayer
Copyright © 2007 Reformed Church Press.
In the final installment of the Heidelberg Catechism, the Reformed view of the last six of the Ten Commandments and prayer, including the Lord’s Prayer, is explained.
Question 103. What is God's will for us in the
Question 104. What is God's will for us in the
Question 105. Does this commandment refer only to
Question 106. Is it enough then that we not murder
our neighbor in any such way?
Question 107. What is God's will for us in the
Question 108. Does God, in this commandment, forbid
only such scandalous sins as adultery?
Question 109. What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?
Answer. God forbids not only the theft and robbery which civil authorities punish, but God also labels as theft all wicked tricks and schemes by which we seek to get for ourselves our neighbor's goods, whether by force or under the pretext of right, such as false weights and measures, deceptive advertising or merchandising, counterfeit money, exorbitant interest, or any other means forbidden by God. In addition God forbids all greed and pointless squandering of his gifts.
Question 110. What does God require of us in this
Question 111. What is God's will for us in the ninth
Question 112. What is God's will for us in the tenth
Question 113. Can those converted to God obey these
Question 114. Why, then, does God have the Ten
Commandments preached so strictly since no one can keep them in this life?
Question 115. Why do Christians need to pray?
Question 116. What is in a prayer which pleases and
is heard by God?
Question 117. What has God commanded us to request?
Our Lord's Prayer
Question 118. What is this prayer?
Question 119. Why has
Christ commanded us to address God: "Our Father"?
Question 120. Why the
words "in heaven"?
Question 121. What is the
Question 122. What is the
Question 123. What is the
Question 124. What is the
Question 125. What is the
Question 126. What is the
Question 127. What does
your conclusion to this prayer mean?
Question 128. What is the
meaning of the little word "Amen"?
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