November 1: First Sunday service

Come to our First Sunday service this Sunday morning, November 1, at 10:30 as we begin our month-long inquiry intoAncestry. We’ll take a broad view of ancestry, remembering family predecessors as well as spiritual ancestors who continue to influence our lives.

The American novelist Ralph Ellison wrote, “Some people are your relatives, but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.” This Sunday is also All Saints’ (or All Souls’) Day in Catholic and some Protestant traditions, a time when believers revive the prayerful spiritual bond between the living and the dead.

Robin Slaw, Director of Lifespan Faith Development; Matt Anderson, Director of Music; John Freund, Worship Associate; and David Horst, Minister, lead the service. The story is “Ghost Wings.” The sermon title is “They Are Not Gone.” Church members Rob Eigenbrod, Charlie O’Reilly, Denise Corsi Hernandez, and Joe Cardello perform a new work by Matt Anderson entitled “Sasa, Zamani, and Sankofa.” We introduce the Hymn of the Month, “Go Lifted Up.”

The middle school students, teachers, and parents prepare and serve the monthly soup and sandwich lunch to support the Weekend Snack Pack program of the Center for Food Action. The lunch and Essential Questions table conversations take place in the Sanctuary immediately following the service.

First Sunday is an all-ages program. Children and families are welcome. Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided in Classroom 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday School classes are not held on First Sundays.

Remember to bring nonperishable food items for our monthly collection for the Center for Food Action.