I hope everyone is staying healthy especially with the changing of seasons and temperatures getting cooler although last year in November 2020 it was in the 90s.
Just reminder that the fall time change is upon us on Sunday November 7, 2021 where we set our clocks one hour back. Truthfully, I wish we would stop this practice.
Today, I want to share a story about a young homeless Asian woman who comes sporadically to the food pantry. One Monday, she asked me for shoes and a blanket as she was barefoot with minimal clothing. We didn’t have any and I apologized and I promised that if she would come the following Monday, we would have shoes, clothing, and blankets ready for her. As she left with her homeless bag, I started to weep unexpectedly because of… her plight, her being, her youth…this moved my heart to tears. FPCLA’s leadership scrambled and we got blankets, shoes, clothing, toiletries for her and for others in need. Unfortunately, she didn’t return for months and we wonder and hoped she was still alive and better. I finally saw her last week on Friday near church. She looked disheveled and lost, but she recognized me. We finally gave her the care pack we made for her as well as a homeless bag. She said thank you. God bless A and keep her safe.
Scripture: Mark 12:38-44 The Message Bible
38-40 He continued teaching. “Watch out for the religion scholars. They love to walk around in academic gowns, preening in the radiance of public flattery, basking in prominent positions, sitting at the head table at every church function. And all the time they are exploiting the weak and helpless. The longer their prayers, the worse they get. But they’ll pay for it in the end.”
41-44 Sitting across from the offering box, he was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions. One poor widow came up and put in two small coins—a measly two cents. Jesus called his disciples over and said, “The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all.”
- We are back to in person worship at 1:15pm and remote worship. There is no fellowship hour afterwards, but instead will head out for meal and drinks.
- If you or someone you know needs any immediate necessities like groceries, medications, books, or etc., then please fill-out our Mission Fund 2021 Form and send it to Pastor Sam.
- If you have the means, please give to FPCLA.