Pastors Message:

Dear Friends,

In 2011, our family was living as though scarcity was all around us. We were hoarding things that didn’t matter and placing our trust in having those “things” rather than realizing the abundance that was present all along. We began the arduous process of paying off significant debt that we had acquired in our younger and more care-free days. In the last several months we have tallied up our debt pay-offs so far, and they feel enormous and significant.

While we still have a way to go – we feel as though what could have potentially been a moment of scarcity these last few years – when Marshall was a stay-at home parent, when we felt God’s call to move to Silverton – was a realization of God’s gracious abundance. We found that when we gave up control of those “things” and placed our trust in God, we are now able to make decisions for our family because we place value in God’s abundance: our family, our service to God, and our thankfulness for all that we have received. We are more “free” than we have ever been! We have succeeded in living more simply and giving generously out of the abundance that God continues to provide for us!

It is like that for our congregation. When you give to our church, you place value in our vision and ministry goals of sharing the love of Christ through sharing space, showing hospitality, caring, and spiritual care.

Because of your generosity, we are able to care the poor in our community! We are able to host our weekly Saturday Fellowship Lunch, providing not only physical sustenance to the people who eat, but conversation and care. We partner with local charities like SACA, Silver Falls School District (for School Supplies, coats for kids etc.), Boy Scouts (our building hosts a troop weekly!), Silverton Friends of Music Children’s Choir, and more!

Because of your generosity, we also are able to reach those who are spiritually hungry! We participate in ecumenical conversations with our partner parish church, explore faith issues with those who identify as “Spiritual but not religious,” and participate in ecumenical worship services for Thanksgiving and Palm Sunday. We meet the needs of our congregation through inspirational worship, {our choir,} our Bible Study, and much, more!

My great joy is that I have only begun to scratch the surface in the last few months of what your generosity makes possible for our congregation. Because you understand that we are called to make a difference in our community and around the world, we minister to those who live near us with our hands and feet, and through our denominational affiliation, we are able to make a difference in world missions as well.

Soon, you will be receiving in your mail boxes a “Narrative Budget” which will describe in detail how our money is spent as a congregation. You make all that we do and accomplish happen! Every gift counts!

Your giving makes a difference. YOU make a difference! Thank you for giving generously!      Pastor Laura                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

 

 

 

 

11/3 – The Ecumenical Chime Choir will have its first practice on Saturday, November 3rd at 9:30am here at Trinity. We encourage anyone who thinks they might be interested to join us! Questions? Contact gunterwin@yahoo.com!

11/4 – New Member Inquiring Class, 4pm at SUMC Parsonage! Come ask questions and get answers about the Lutheran and Methodist faiths!

11/8 – Church Declutter Day! Come help sort out and clean out the church in preparation for our Used Treasure Sale! 10 am

11/11 – Church Council after Coffee Hour

11/15 – Set up for the Used Treasure Sale – 9:30am – come help us put all the sale items out on tables and get ready for the sale!

11/16 & 17 – Used Treasure Sale – 9am to 4pm

 

 

 

 

 

11/19 – Messy Church! 4 – 6pm!

 

 

 

11/22 – Community Thanksgiving Worship Service November 22 @ 1-3p.m. Join others in the Silverton Area at a Community-wide Thanksgiving service at Immanuel Lutheran Church (303 N Church St). Pastor Laura will be preaching!

11/29 – Clean the church for Christmas! We will be decking the Halls at the beginning of December, and we can start with a clean church! Come help in any way you can!


     

ELCA Stewardship 

Dear friend in Christ, 

Whenever we talk about stewardship, it doesn’t take long before the topic of gratitude enters the conversation. The two are commonly linked, possibly because giving thanks and being generous are naturally understood as appropriate responses to God’s abundant blessings. 

Perhaps it’s a surprise then that the Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast implies that gratitude can be a disposition that precedes goodness, instead of just a logical response that follows. Quite provocatively he says, “In daily life, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Or, said another way, being grateful is a perspective we can cultivate that helps us see that God is good and our lives are blessed, as opposed to a quid pro quo acknowledgment after the fact. 

Independently, the professor and researcher Brené Brown writes that grateful people don’t just have an inclination or “attitude of gratitude,” but instead, these people engage in specific practices that fuel their sense of gratefulness. Saying grace before a meal, offering a prayer of thanks at the beginning or end of the day, or taking time to worship God are disciplines that exercise our trust in God’s very nature of goodness. These practices don’t just focus on blessings that have already materialized. Similarly, generosity and stewardship are faith practices that increase our confidence, our faith in God and God’s ability to provide for our well-being in the present and future. 

As we continue to learn more about gratitude, it seems to me there is a need to better understand its relevance to a life of faith and living life as stewards. This issue of stewardNet is about some of those nuances and complexities and interdependencies. 

We are a church that is energized by lively engagement in our faith and life. Thank you for doing God’s work with a faithful, generous heart! 

Faithfully, 

Steve Oelschlager
Stewardship Program Coordinator
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


From Living Lutheran 

Loved beyond measure: Why church leaders need words of affirmation

Our rostered ministers are called from all walks of life. They serve in all kinds of roles—pastors, deacons, chaplainsmusicians and more. They wear all sorts of hats—curators of worship, property managers, accountants, volunteer coordinators, passers-of-the-peace, preschool music leaders and mediators—some of which they didn’t learn about in seminary.

While serving in my last call, I spent my days worship planning, visiting people in the hospital and at home, leading Bible studies, making phone calls, attending meetings, fixing the copy machine, scheduling volunteers, picking up doughnuts, studying God’s word, planning confirmation, leading service opportunities and answering emails. Read more


Calendar


Bible Study

There are two more sessions in the Bible Study on Mark which continues Monday’s at 10:30 a.m. at SUMC (Oct. 29, Nov. 12) or Wednesday’s at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (Nov. 3 & 10). Looking ahead, a new 4 week study will begin the week of November 25 for Advent and will be a Study of Brian Mclaren’s book “We Make the Road By Walking.” Pastor Laura is looking for two volunteers to help lead the Monday and Wednesday groups, as we have had the request to start a third study just for Advent for families with children. Advent Our Advent Study will be Sunday evenings (inter-generational/for families with children) at the UMC parsonage from 6 – 8, one will be on Monday mornings at SUMC, and one will be Wednesday evenings at Trinity UMC. You can purchase the book from Amazon (Kindle ~ $12.99, Paperback ~ $13.60) or Cokesbury (Paperback $13.49). If you need help purchasing the book, please see Pastor Laura.


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Servers for Next Month:

Assistant Minister: Jill Lounsbury

Usher: Neville Johansen

Altar Guild: Jill Lounsbury