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October 2019

From the Pastor

October is usually a transitional month in which we bid farewell to the 90-degree weather of summer; experience those first few cool nights of fall; and start looking for pumpkin patches and Halloween candy.  And this year it will also be a time to celebrate several important anniversaries in the life of our church and look forward to what the Holy Spirit has in mind for us next!

You may remember that on the 3rd Sunday in Advent last December—at the beginning of the new Christian year—the congregation was invited to share its dreams for the future of Burgaw Presbyterian Church as we approached the 140th year of its founding.  We wrote our ideas and suggestions on paper leaves and taped them to a plywood tree at the front of the sanctuary.  The Session harvested those leaves and has used our dreams as the basis for a 3-5 year strategic plan that we call:  “20/20 Vision”.

The plan will be the centerpiece of our four-week season of budgeting and generosity which begins on Sunday, October 13.  More than just a typical church stewardship campaign, this will be a period of discernment and discussion as we explore the exciting opportunities for worship, fellowship and outreach contained in “20/20 Vision”.

Here is a look at what’s in store in our Lord’s Day worship services this month:

October 6th is Homecoming Sunday.  In addition to observing the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, we will celebrate the 140th anniversary of the church and the 100th anniversary of the bricking-up of the sanctuary.  We will also dedicate the new sound system and the memorial walkway; enjoy special music (including bagpipes); and have lunch together in the pavilion.  Our guest preacher will be the Rev. Jerrod Lowry, Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina.

October 13th, we will listen as the writer of 1 Timothy 6:6-19 encourages us to “fight the good fight of the faith” and take hold of the eternal life to which we have been called.  There will be a brief congregational meeting to elect ruling elders for the Class of 2022; and the children will collect the special Cents Ability offering which is used to fight hunger.

October 20th, we will hear the Old Testament Prophet Jeremiah proclaim the good news of the New Covenant that the Lord promises to write on the hearts of God’s people—the covenant that was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  And we also we kick off the annual “Operation Christmas Child” shoebox campaign.

And on October 27th, Jesus tells the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18:9-14, warning us that all who exalt themselves in this world will be humbled in the next.

What a wonderful time it is to be a disciple at Burgaw Presbyterian Church.  Come worship with us!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Will


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