His Grand Scheme

Good morning,

The holidays are really sneaking up on me this year…I looked at the calendar this morning and realized that Thanksgiving is only a week away!

I wanted to share a bit more about our Grandparenting workshop that we will be having during the S.S. hour on 11/25 and 12/2.  We will be looking at the four roles that grandparents can play in the lives of their grandchildren.   We’ll also touch on some of the challenges that today’s grandparents face, from ever-changing technology to grandparenting from a distance. 

Now, some of you might be thinking “What can a guy whose kids aren’t even out of school yet know about grandparenting?”  That’s a good question!  Obviously, I am not yet a grandparent.  BUT I’ve been a grandson for over 44 years now, and I cannot emphasize enough how vital my grandparents were and continue to be in my life.

Some of you might also be thinking “Well, I’m not a grandparent, so this workshop really isn’t for me.”  I would suggest that isn’t the case at all.  Some of you are in my life stage…and you are the “gatekeeper” of your kids to your parents…there is a lot in this workshop that will be helpful.  Some of you are acting as “Grandma” or “Grandpa” to a younger person...there is a lot in this workshop that will be helpful.  If you simply want to have an impact on the next generation of believers…there is a lot in this workshop that will be helpful.

I hope you can join us during the SS hour on those 2 Sundays.  On the 25th we will gather in the sanctuary…and on the 2nd we will probably use the fire hall classroom due to the Cantata and fellowship meal. 

Here’s what’s happening…

1.      Choir Practice for the Christmas Cantata continues every Monday night at 7pm.  Dress Rehearsal is at 9am on 12/1.

2.     West Earl Fire Company is holding a breakfast THIS SATURDAY, November 17 from 6-10 am. Great opportunity to fellowship with your neighbors and support the fire company!

3.      11/25 is “This is My Story” Sunday.  We will be hearing from members of our church family as they tell their story of how God has blessed their life.  I am still looking for 1 brave soul who would be willing to share their story.

4.     A couple of reminders:

a.      Please return any borrowed books back to the library in a timely manner. 

b.     Parents – please remind your children that the snack served between SS and the worship service should be enjoyed in the annex, not in the sanctuary (this goes for adults as well!).

5.      Save the Dates:

a.      11/25 & 12/2 – Sunday School Elective on Grandparenting. 

b.     12/2 – Annual Christmas Cantata and Fellowship Meal.

c.      12/24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6 pm.

 This Sunday we will conclude our journey through the book of Nehemiah. With all the celebrating that the people of Jerusalem have done you might think that their revival lasted for generations, but that was not the case.  In fact, it took only 2 years or so before they completely returned to their old ways.  We will be looking at Nehemiah’s response to their backsliding and seeing why it is necessary to be constantly purifying our lives.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!