Chief Seattle of the Duwamish tribe, once said, “All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely strands in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”
All of creation – people, plants, animals and all the earth – are intertwined much like the numerous strands of a spider’s web. Since God created it and shares the divine life with it, that web is holy. To live in an awareness of that communion is to believe in the words of Paul: “For just as the body is one and has many members of the body, though many, are one body…If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice with it together.” (Corinthians 12:12 & 26)
Holy Communion, the feast we partake in together in worship, is not simply a religious ritual. It is a way of life that expresses a belief in the holiness of the body, the entire body of Christ. The ancient ritual of going to Holy Communion places us at the very heart of that web and is meant to lead a life lived in communion with all the various strands of the web of life.
Holy Communion is not simply oneness with the good and the beautiful, it is also harmony between the rich and the poor, friends and enemies, sick and healthy, old and young – for all people are part of the web of life. Our communion with God must also extend to all of life. Sky and earth, oceans and flowers, birds and animals, planets and stars – all are parts of the holy web. As we struggle with the problems of pollution, war, fighting, hunger, global warming, we begin to see more clearly the mystery of which Chief Seattle, Paul and Jesus spoke: that whatever we do to the web of life, we do to ourselves.
The same can be said for the mystery of our life together as a congregation. Whatever we do to one person, we do to ourselves. In our Adult Bible Study’s this month, we are learning that everything we do in ministry has an interconnectedness. From participating in worship on Sunday Mornings, to serving on committees, singing in worship, to what you place in the offering basket, to helping out with the ASAP or Saturday meals, to packing candy for Halloween – we are all part of each other.
See you in the web!
Fall Bible Studies!
Transform your “trunk” (car, that is) and start collecting candy and stickers, and goodies for our “Trunk-or Treat” as part of the Community Downtown Halloween Trick or Treating event on October 31, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. If you would like to be an allergy friendly trunk: “Gluten Free” (stickers, crayons, etc. ) or a “Peanut Free” trunk (playdough, pencils, etc.), please let Pastor Laura know as soon as possible!
The First Friday Music Series continues at 7 p.m. on October 4 with a chamber oratorio composed by Christopher Wicks in 2011, based on the words of nineteenth-century Carmelite sister Theresa of Lisieux. Alison Seeber will sing, along with trumpeter Brett Randolph and reader Ellen Gordon Yager. The next program will take place at 7 p.m. on November 1. Oboist and Amazing Multi-Instrumentalist Mitch Iimori, from Portland, will present a varied program, including but not limited to the premiere of a new oboe sonata by Wicks.
Coat Drive for Kids
Trinity and Silverton United Methodist churches are both participating in the Silverton Together Coat Drive for Kids! Please consider dropping off gently used or new coats for kids between now and October 23rd at either church!
On Sunday September 29th during worship the quilting ladies laid all of the beautiful handmade quilts over the pews upstairs in the Sanctuary! They are getting ready to send over 100 quilts to Lutheran World Relief ! If you would like to come and quilt, sew, or tie quilts you are more than welcome! The quilting ladies work hard all year and donate the majority of their quilts to several different places – The Samonka House for homeless women, Women’s shelters, Lutheran World Relief are just few of the places their gorgeous quilts go to help people stay warm! They also have a selection of quilts available for sale – they come in a large size for $50 and a small baby size quilt for $25! The money they bring in helps them purchase batting and supplies to keep putting these works of art together! Consider donating to them so they can continue this important mission!!
Have a question, or want to meet with Pastor Laura about something? Join her at Live Local at 1 pm on Tuesday’s for coffee (or other hot beverage of your choice)!
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Sara Circle News
Our first meeting of the season was held on Sept. 17th.
WINTER CARE KITS : Now is the time to donate to the Care Kits. These kits go to the people who experience, for whatever the reason, winter on the streets. That can’t be easy. The list of items is listed below. Donations are being gathered in a basket in the narthex. We will assemble the kits at our next meeting and then will be available for you to distribute as needed the following Sunday. The need for the kits may be anywhere you travel so you may want to keep one or more in your car. It’s a good thing to do. All donations need to be in by Oct. 14th .
November is our GREAT ANNUAL PIE / DESSERT AUCTION.
Yep, it’s that time of year for us to have some fun. This year the proceeds will go toward Sara Circle missions. Come on, bake a pie, buy a pie, eat a pie, or some other sweet treat. It’s all for a good cause. We may have some of that yummy shortbread we had last year.
Our next meeting will be on Oct. 15th in the fireside room at noon. All ladies are welcome. Bring a sack lunch and join us for good fellowship and good works. Sara Circle is a spiritual sisterhood actively engaged in ministry.
Winter Care Kits
There are baskets in the Narthex to receive donations which will be assembled in gallon size bags ready for all to give as needed. Sara Circle will be assembling the bags at our October meeting and will have them ready for you on October 20! The last day to donate items is October 14. Items we would like to put in the care kits include:
à Gallon size zip lock plastic bags
à Pocket size personal hygiene items: Pocket-size Kleenex, Pocket-size handi wipes, Comb/ hairbrush, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Nail clippers, Band aids, Chapstick
à Pocket sized feminine hygiene products (Maxi pads/tampons)
à Clothing Items: Socks/Gloves
à Food Items: Easy-open Tuna and crackers, Crackers with peanut butter or cheese, Granola or cereal bars, Fruit snacks or applesauce cups, Mints, cough drops or gum,
à Water bottles
à Gift cards to fast food places (in small amounts)
Please do not include fragranced items (they taint the taste of food) or mouth wash or hand sanitizers that contain alcohol.
The House that ASAP Built!
This children’s playhouse and 15 baskets filled with items donated by Silverton merchants will be raffled off on Community ASAP Day on October 5th during the Shindig celebration. SUMC was one of the four churches who started the program 7 years ago! All proceeds benefit the free After School Activities Program for middle school students. You have until then to purchase the raffle tickets and guess what – you can now do that online at asap-silverton.square.site
Each raffle basket is valued between $100 and $200. ASAP encourages you to shop or dine on Saturday, October 5th where you see the star recognizing these businesses as a 2019 ASAP Gold Star Sponsors. Be sure to thank them for supporting the youth of Silverton while you are walking around during the Shindig!