North Greenwich Congregational Church
Pastor’s Weekly Update
October 19, 2018
From the Backcountry …
“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is today.” Chinese proverb
Even though there are days when life weighs heavy and the future seems cloudy, we must continue to believe in our ability to reach goals. By remaining stubbornly positive and focusing on serendipity, rather than misfortune, a path eventually appears. And on those days when it feels like we’re spiraling into a bottomless pit, remember that panic and despondency will only pull us further down – while quiet reflection opens unsuspected ways.
So, resolve not to give in to the “pitfalls.” Let’s always do our best to maintain a constructive, determined attitude and a serene composure.
Sunday, October 21 Oktoberfest Sunday!! 10:30 a.m.
Scripture passages: Psalm 91; Luke 12: 16-21
Text: “So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves, but are not rich toward God.” Luke 12:21
Sermon: “All Good Gifts”
Tease: Harvest festivals have been observed for over seven thousand years!! As we gather to enjoy our own Oktoberfest, we’ll take a look at the history and meaning behind these autumn traditions that are celebrated around the globe. In a world where so much actively promotes one’s own self-interest, our Gospel lesson will also remind us that harvests provide wonderful opportunity to righting the balance between providing for ourselves and building a world that reaches out to those in need. So join us as we share some brats and bier … and gather in our final Teaching Garden harvest (carrots) for Neighbor to Neighbor.
“OKTOBERFEST” POT-LUCK LUNCHEON
Immediately following Worship
A special order of Fleisher’s Butchery Brats will be grilled to perfection for our first annual NGCC Oktoberfest!!
Members and friends are asked to bring a side dish (with some kind of German flare) AND an ample supply of craft beer to share!! Soft drinks will be provided.
Hopefully someone will remember that it’s never a good idea to imbibe German beer without pretzels – particularly the “hard” baked Bavarian brezeln that are warm and squishy on the inside. Tip: In order to get that wonderful glossy and crunchy finish, you’ll need to use a little lye - yes, that caustic substance that is traditionally used to make soap. (The causticity of the lye dissipates as the pretzel is baked.) On second thought, a bag of Snyder’s Bavarian Pretzels might be a little easier on the stomach.
Road Rules: “God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change and the courage to change the one I can …And the wisdom to know it’s me!”
Adaptation of Reinhold Niebuhr’s “Serenity Prayer”