Hello Friends! I know I started my note with this last month, but what a month it’s been! We celebrated World Communion Sunday on October 2, when we partook of the sacred meal with Christians around the globe. It gives me goosebumps to think about how we’re all connected to one another through our faith in Jesus, and how each of us is connected through time and space to Jesus. What a blessing!
October 16 was a big day! Our altar was decorated with a myriad of food items that YOU donated to the Maranatha Ministries, Inc. Food Pantry. It was a beautiful display of love, generosity, and hope. May God’s love be known through those items, and may those who receive them be blessed. After worship, several of us headed downtown for the Church World Service CROP Hunger Walk. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed! Again because of your generosity, we met our goal of raising $500 to end hunger! This is what it looks like to be the body of Christ in the world. Amen!
There will probably always be extra giving opportunities at Solomon’s. In November, we’ll be collecting the Neighbors In Need offering, which supports wider UCC justice missions and disaster relief. I also want to plug Brussel’s Café in Chambersburg. If you haven’t been there, it’s a great place for crepes, waffles, lunch, and coffee! I’m plugging them because they are helping a Ukrainian Refugee family settle in our area. The family’s needs have mostly been met, but cash and grocery store gift cards are still a big help as they wait for their work visas. You can give by taking gift cards or cash directly to Brussel’s Café.
Remember, giving is not about giving to all the things. It’s about giving what you can, when you can, to what you care about. Be prayerful and discerning when considering what and when you can share!
Things are really happening at Solomon’s! The Steering Committee is meeting and working hard. We’re moving forward with the community garden, and it’s almost Advent!! In addition to this newsletter, you can stay informed by checking the website regularly or following our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/solomonsucc1594
Wishing you all a wonderful season of gratitude! – Pastor Julia