This is an important week in the life of our congregation. This Sunday, we will celebrate Commitment Sunday during worship. For those of us who have not yet turned in our Estimate of Giving cards, we will have baskets available during the worship service for you to do so. I can’t stress enough how important it is for every regular participant in our congregation offer this Estimate of Giving—regardless of the amount. That card is a “vow” of sorts that says “This is my church and it needs my support and I am going to do what I can.” These Estimates of Giving will be the determining factor for our 2018 budget.
I also would like to catch you up on our apportionment giving. As of October 1st, we are one half of one month behind on paying 100% of our conference apportionments. We haven’t been this close to fulfilling that mission in decades. Now we are really close. I want to ask you that if you are behind on your giving for 2017 would you please do all you can do catch up. I hear many people speak with great hope that we can fulfill that 100% this year. Together, we can.
This Sunday is also PUMPKINFEST. This is one of our best fellowship events. There will be a chili cook-off. Make your own special, secret recipe pot of chili and come early to build your “booth” (if you wish). There will be a “celebrity judge” to determine the winner. It’s all in great fun. In addition, there will be a Halloween costume contest. This is a great highlight of the afternoon, so don your best costume and join us from 4 till 6.
We are also entering a season of special, sacred days. The first Sunday of November is All Saints Sunday. On this day, we remember the lives of those in our church family who have died since this time last year. It is a very special worship service.
On November 19th we will celebrate Thanksgiving together as a church family with a potluck dinner at 5:00 p.m. The church will provide the turkey and dressing and drinks and the rest of us will bring side dishes to share. Let me suggest that we all bring two sides or one large side so there will be plenty of food to go around. We will create a sign-up with Sunday School classes asking them to bring a vegetable or a dessert in order to be sure we have a good variety.
Then we enter the season of Advent on December 3rd for four Sundays leading up to Christmas Eve which we all know is pretty amazing here at Belle Meade.
I hope you will come and support all of these special services and occasions. Being together as a church family is one of the true benefits of the faith. Don’t miss it.