HAVING A PATTERN………..I don’t know much about sewing, but what I do know is that a pattern is quite helpful.  Think for a moment about how important that pattern is.  Without it the project can go in wildly different ways.  Without it the person sewing doesn’t have a measure to see if they are being successful.  Without it the person sewing may give up in frustration.

This Sunday is All Saints’ Sunday in the Church.  It is a time to recognize in thanks those who have died in Jesus.  I would encourage us also to view them the saints as patterns given by God.  The saints are certainly not perfect, but through Jesus’ grace they have performed amazing deeds.  In my personal life I am thinking about Orval, Gene, and Alice–in some important ways they have personally set a pattern for me to follow.  To them and the many others, I say “thank you”.  Who has personally set a pattern for you?  Give thanks today and this weekend!

PRAYERS AND PRAISES…………Last weekend Peace hosted the live seminar “Pursuing Peace Together”.  There were 45 participants in the seminar representing many of the churches in the community–even from Salem.  The presentation uplifted God’s way of handling conflict through confession, forgiveness and God’s grace.

This weekend is Feed My Starving Children.  The event quickly filled up with 500 volunteers.  Peace will be well represented as 35 members will serve from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday.  The event will be held at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Guerber Hall.  If you have collected monies/coins for Feed My Starving Children you are welcome to come on Friday and deliver what you have collected from 6:30 to 8:30.  If you can’t make it, bring your boxes to church this Sunday.

EPHESIANS……….Bring your Bibles this Sunday for adult Sunday School.  Brad Hellesto will be leading us in a study and conversation on the book of Ephesians.  This is an open and honest invitation to dig deeper into God’s Word.  Hope to see you at 9:45 am in the sanctuary.