Week of October 29, 2017

Here is what is happening in and around Christ the Redeemer this week:
First, DISCIPLESHIP HOUR:  We begin a new session of our two classes on Stewardship on Sunday, October 29 starting at 9:00 am. You can participate either in Bishop John Guernsey’s teaching on Biblical Stewardship Principles or Joshua Matlack’s Discovery of our Own Gifts and Passions. The Children’s component continues as well. I strongly urge you to take advantage of these rich resources.
Second, Our ANNUAL CHILI BOWL event takes place on Saturday, November 4. It begins at Lafayette Park with an all-ages touch football game (4:00 pm) and then concludes with a ‘Chili’ dinner and cook-off at the church at 5:30. Break out your cleats and your favorite chili recipe and plan now to join in on the fun. (Note: the church will be open at 3:45 for those who wish to drop off their chili before heading to the park).
Third, the ANNUAL SYNOD for our Diocese takes place November 2-4, 2017 at McLean Presbyterian Church, McLean, VA. As in the past, the Synod focuses on one major aspect of our common life on Thursday night and Friday, and concludes with the business of the diocese on Saturday morning. The theme for this year is ‘Catechesis for a Time of Exile’.  The guest speaker is Dr. Gordon Smith from Calgary, Alberta. The teaching aspect of the Synod is open to all. Pleases check out the diocesan web site for further information. Please pray for our delegates: Father Brian, Janie Atwood, and Pete Fraser.
Fourth, some PASTORAL NEWS:
Charlie Watkins was released from the hospital on Wednesday this week. Praise God that this phase of his healing is over and the next phase of his recovery begun. Pray for the doctors as they discern the best way forward for his treatment, and for Charlie and his family as they seek God’s good and gracious will for his life.
Janis and I travel to North Carolina Friday in preparation for her dad’s funeral on Saturday. Please pray for all who gather that the time will be blessed with God’s presence and filled with gratitude for Dave Arnold’s life.
Looking forward to worshiping with you all on Sunday.