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Pastor Ralph's
Weekly Update
October 13, 2021

Greetings, CHLC family and friends,

This coming Sunday, October 17, is the 21st Sunday after Pentecost. All of our scripture this week have to do with servanthood - to be greatest of all one must be servant of all. Jesus modeled this in his life and his death on the cross. This is a gift that brings life out of death, joy out of sorrow and restoration out of destruction.

Our CHLC Centennial Celebrate was a phenomenal success last Saturday evening, and I want to once again share my thanks with everyone who helped to make it so. Many hands pitched in together to set up tents, staff the sales tents, empty trash bins, take down and clean up afterward. We also had a wonderful turnout, which was a combination of congregation members, neighbors, friends, entertainment groups and their followers. The general consensus is that we do this annually!!
Now we turn our attention to our worship service on Reformation Day, October 31 at 10:00 a.m. I look forward to sharing the day with our Bishop, Suzanne Dillahunt as we give thanks for our heritage and ask for God's guidance into our future. There will be displays in the narthex/lobby over the next few weeks of historical items from our past, and after the service on Oct. 31 we will have a reception in the first floor education wing with light refreshments. Please plan to join us!

We are collecting Thanksgiving Bags right now, and the list of items is in the bulletin and on the narthex bulletin board. This concludes on November 14. We are also collecting monetary offerings for LSS CHOICES through October 31. Watch the television special on WBNS 10 TV on October 21 about this valuable outreach in our community.

We are starting to prepare for our congregational meeting on November 21 at 11:00 a.m. This meeting will be hybrid - this means that you can stay after the worship service and attend in person, or you can log in to the Zoom link that will be shared in the weeks leading up to the meeting and join virtually. In addition to approving the 2022 budget and council membership slate, we will also be asked to approve purchase and installation of a new audio-visual system which will improve our video and streaming capabilities as well as improve the audio quality in our sanctuary. We will share more information about the system and the cost in the weeks to come.

Here is the link to a video version of this update:

https://vimeo.com/631032797

I will see you in worship!

Pastor Ralph