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October 27, 2016, 10:07 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 30, 2016

Good Morning Family,

            I am so excited for the Fall Festival tomorrow on Monday, October 31st.  It will be a great opportunity for us to meet and greet folks from our community.  Families from all around will come TO US on that evening.  There is going to be plenty of food, games, and of course candy for the kiddos.

            We are doing something a little different this year with our Bingo game.  We are going to be helping folks, who may need a little assistance this time of year, stock their pantries with grocery items.  As someone will yell, “Bingo” and win a game, they will get to choose from some grocery items we have compiled into little sacks.  A bag might include two cans of soup and a box of crackers or pancake mix and syrup. You get the idea.  We think it is a great way to help people have fun and meet a need at the same time.

            We do this festival not to celebrate Halloween, but to give an alternative that is safe and Christ honoring.  The origin of the 31st of October being called Halloween stems from an early Christian holiday being November 1st, All Hallows Day or All Saints Day.  November 1st was and still is celebrated as a day to remember Christian saints and martyrs who have passed on to be with the Lord.  November 1st being considered hallowed or sacred, the evening before it was called All Hallows Eve or Hallowed Eve, then shortened to Halloween.

            Of course, then Satan comes along and totally twists and confuses and counterfeits as other pagan cultures adopt the day and place their own occultic practices into the celebration on the evening of the 31st.  In our Fall Festival, we attempt to reclaim the night and shed light into the darkness.  I am thankful for those who have been working tirelessly putting it all together and for the “brains” of the organization, Tracy Hudson.

            If you have not volunteered for a spot to help, at the least just come and mingle with the families in attendance.  Let them know we are glad they are here and show them that Jesus loves them and deeply cares about the spiritual welfare of their family by simply chatting with them and making them feel welcome.

            As always, my prayer is for you to, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”  II Timothy 2:15


Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd



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