This Week – November 15, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018
9:30 a.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal
10:15 a.m. Worship

Scripture: Psalm 112, James 1: 22-25, Luke 18: 35-43
Sermon: “Do it for Yourself, Others, and God: Work”

Serving Our Church:
Liturgist: Ethan Norris-Weber
Greeters: Nancy, Ethan, and Eli Norris-Weber
Ushers: Worship Team

Advent Devotionals
The 2018 Advent devotionals are now available while supplies last.

Chapel Hills “Holiday Carol Sing”
Sunday, December 9th – 4:00 p.m. @ Chapel Hills

Bring a friend or neighbor for an evening of…
• Holiday songs the whole family will enjoy
• Snacks and Refreshments
• Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the VEAP Food Shelf

There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex if you would like to provide an appetizer, cookies, and/or help with set-up/clean-up.

Praise the Holy One
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Where are you going for Thanksgiving? Will you be one of the many millions traveling this year? Last year, the figure for numbers of people moving around the lower 48 on Thanksgiving Day was around 50 million. Everyone is moving like a river toward and through the world swirling like circles inside of circles and ending up at almost the same meal. It may be that 88% of Americans eat Turkey on Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just stop and remember what we share?

Remember to be grateful for everything that saves us, and all of creation that embraces and nurtures and quenches our thirst. To be grateful for a growing generation that learns before our eyes how to speak truth to power. To be grateful for all those who inhabit this world with us and in gratitude see how much we need each other. Being grateful is both a response to love and a generator of love.

Perhaps on Thanksgiving it’s a good day for us to remember that we are grateful for the things we love because of what they call us to become. To love creation calls us into a world of nature and color and the genius of creatures and the suffering caused by climate change. It pulls us into the actual place we live beyond sidewalks and the walls of our homes, or the seats of our cars, or the screens of our computers. Gratitude for creation and our love of it reminds us that nature is our true home.

To love children is to love what the world may become, and be grateful, in advance, for what they will do for others. To love children is to love into the future by influencing their experience of the present. To love children is to teach them things they might need to know. But mostly to show them how beautiful they are and how Jesus needs them to be his hands and they are beloved.

To love one’s neighbor pulls one across the globe, and into our backyards. Who are all these people? What are they doing traveling with us on this day? Eating turkey. Sharing life. Breathing. Laughing. Telling stories. Mourning loss. Being happy. Irritated with a cousin, or sibling. We are also grateful that there is a world where evening meals share different settings and a plenary of tastes. We are grateful for global neighbors.  Among all the things that love can teach, our three great loves (Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, Love of Creation) teach us gratitude.

Looking Ahead…

Sunday, November 18th
Sandwich Making
Following Worship
Book Group
Confirmation

Saturday, December 8th
Cooks of Chapel Hills @ 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 9th
Holiday Carol Sing from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Book Group – Sunday, November 18th (Following Worship)
Our November Book Group selection is…
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
By Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

Cooks of Chapel Hills
Saturday, December 8th • 6:00 p.m.
Mark your calendar and plan on attending our “Holiday Themed” dinner.  Sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.  All are Welcome!

Looking Ahead
November 15 Londonderry Townhome Association Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
November 18 Pastoral Relations Meeting – 8:30 a.m.
Book Group/Confirmation/Sandwich Making – Following Worship
November 21 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
November 28 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
December 2 Communion/VEAP Food Shelf Sunday
December 3 Worship Team Meeting – 5:30 p.m.
December 5 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
December 8 Cooks of Chapel Hills (Holiday Theme) – 6:00 p.m.
December 9 Holiday Carol Sing – 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Psalm 112, James 1: 22-25, Luke 18: 35-43
Sermon: “Do it for Yourself, Others, and God: Work”

The fifth “practice” of discipleship is work. Where your head and heart are is important. So is the placement and use of your hands.

Prayer
May the strength of God guide us, the Power of God preserve us, the wisdom of God instruct us, the Spirit of God be within us, this day and evermore. Amen.

This Week – November 1, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018 – All Saints’ Day
9:30 a.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal
10:15 a.m. Worship/Communion
Debbie Belfry from VEAP will join us this Sunday.

Scripture: Luke 6: 32-36, Luke 14: 12-14
Sermon: “Do it for Yourself, Others, and God: Generosity”

Serving Our Church:
Liturgist: Amanda Kerr
Ushers: The Worship Team

All Saints’ Day – THIS Sunday, November 4th
We will remember and celebrate friends and family who have died this past year. Please let Alan know the names of friends or relatives you wish to have remembered in prayer. If you have a picture of them, please send it electronically to (chapelhillsucc@gmail.com).

It’s VEAP Food Shelf Sunday
Please bring non-perishable food items or a financial donation made payable to Chapel Hills – write VEAP on the memo line.

A Note From Karla Gabriela Ramirez
(Our Sponsored Student from Mexico)
Hi, my name is Karla. I don’t know if you remember me? I wanted to tell you that I just entered high school. It’s the first semester and this is a big step for me. My teachers are good and I like them. Even the Algebra teacher (haha). Just now I was doing my homework. I’m doing a presentation to google drive and sending to my classmates and then to my teacher. I haven’t done that yet. Also, I am doing my logic homework to investigate different types of debates. Now, I am doing chemistry homework. Which is about knowing the different lab materials. But I still have to do Algebra, which is a lot of homework. Today is Saturday and me time.
I forgot to tell you that I graduated second in my class from middle school. Too bad it wasn’t first place, but I am still very happy. I am happy to be in high school.
I am happy because yesterday was my 15th birthday party! Although between you and me I really had my 15th birthday on Sept 18th. Because it was a weekday and also on my birthday it always rains so I have to admit that on the 14th it also rained. I have to say that September is the month of rain. On the 18th it didn’t rain (haha)
This page has gotten short, but after writing all of this, I say good bye. Until next time.

Marketing & Branding
The Council is interested in forming a team to work on Chapel Hills marketing and branding strategies/tactics over the next several months and is seeking volunteers to help with this effort. If you have passion or expertise in marketing, branding, SEO, multi-media and /or web design, this is the opportunity for you! Please grab Alan or me and let us know. We will be coordinating a team to tackle this in the next several weeks.

Tom Okonek, Moderator

Labyrinth


A Chapel Hills Labyrinth was one of the focus groups that grew out of the New Beginnings process. There was much excitement and research done initially, but the group became a bit bogged down over discussion of location and materials.
The Chapel Hills Youth brought new enthusiasm and motivation to the project this Fall during a brain storming session. It became a mission focus for them! It was decided that the labyrinth would be completely temporary so that the church and neighbors could try it out and see what they thought of the location and design!!
The youth prepped the area and laid old hoses and electrical cords to mark the design and then the spray painting fun began!! VOILA!  A labyrinth that can be used but also can be totally changed in the future!! Please try it out and let us know what you think!!

There are meditation suggestions near the bench. Access to the area is easiest from the driveway where the ground is flattest.

What is a Prayer Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is simply a place to walk and pray. There is nothing mystical about it. It gives you the freedom to walk around while focusing your mind on God – and not worry about getting lost.
A labyrinth contains a single walking path to the center and then back out again. It has many turns but, unlike mazes, does not have dead ends. Labyrinths come in a variety of forms: you may walk through them inside on a canvas mat or outside on grass, tile, or a stone-laid path. There are also finger labyrinths and even an online labyrinth. Labyrinths have a long history, both inside and outside the church, and can be found all around the world.
In Christian usage, the purpose of the labyrinth is personal and spiritual transformation. One way to pray a labyrinth is to worship and praise God as you walk to the center, then intercede for people and concerns as you walk back to the outside. Today there are churches from many different denominations that encourage people to use labyrinths as part of their devotional practices.
We invite you to walk the labyrinth and pray. If you find that it helps you relax and concentrate on God, then good – use it. If it doesn’t help you, then use other prayer tools.

Upcoming Events…

Harvest Festival Potluck – Sunday, November 11th
Join us, following worship on Sunday, November 11th, as we celebrate the bounty of the harvest season. Sign up in the Narthex to bring either a main dish (turkey or chicken), a vegetable side dish or salad. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Sandwich Making – Sunday, November 18th
Join us on Sunday, November 18th following worship. We will be making 300+ sandwiches to benefit those in need through the House of Charity.

Book Group – Sunday, November 18th (Following Worship)
Our November Book Group selection is…
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
By Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

Looking Ahead
November 4 All Saints/Communion/VEAP Food Shelf Sunday/Confirmation
Daylight Saving Time Ends
November 5 Worship Team Meeting – 5:30 p.m.
November 6 Election Day – Chapel Hills is an Edina Polling Site
November 7 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
November 10 House of Charity – 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
November 11 Harvest Festival Potluck – Following Worship
November 14 Church Council Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
November 15 Londonderry Townhome Association Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
November 18 Book Group/Confirmation/Sandwich Making – Following Worship

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Luke 6: 32-36, Luke 14: 12-14
Sermon: “Do it for Yourself, Others, and God: Generosity”

When we hear or use the word ‘generosity” I suspect we limit our “thoughts” to the realm of money. To be generous is to give away from our financial resources. The original meaning is far broader than that: actions that are gallant, courageous, magnanimous, and free from stinginess or prejudice. Such giving and acting is one of the disciplines of discipleship. Consider occasions when you were on the receiving end of such actions. Were they done to create obligation in you? If so, they were not generous. Were they done to inspire you, to help you “pay it forward?” Then perhaps they were. God is generous and giving.
And we… we are to be as God is. Or so one could conclude from the readings for Sunday.

Prayer
May the strength of God guide us, the Power of God preserve us, the wisdom of God instruct us, the Spirit of God be within us, this day and evermore. Amen.