November begins with some wild events in our culture. The Chicago Cubs
actually won the World Series on November 2nd. Unfortunately, it was a victory over
the Cleveland Indians. Still, pretty amazing. My son, Joel, watched the seventh game
at a bar-restaurant in Wrigleyville near the stadium and reported that it was pretty
exciting. He texted me a picture of the crowd walking in the streets headed for the El
train. All I could see were people's backs, but it was wall to wall across the road and
onto sidewalk. A happy crowd.
Another wild event in this month is our Presidential Election on November 8th.
I hope you make an effort to vote and participate in our democratic process. Daylight
saving time ends on November 6th. Hopefully everyone will be well rested for church
on that day.
The last weeks of the Common Lectionary Year C (Luke) are this month. On
November 27th we begin again in Year A – with Matthew's gospel. The passages for
this month are as follows:
Nov. 6 Haggai 2:1-9; Psalm 145:1-5,17-21; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5,13-17; Luke 20:27-38
Nov. 13 Isaiah 65:17-25, Isaiah 12:1-6, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, Luke 21:5-19
Nov. 20 Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43
Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 100, Philippians 4:4-9,John 6:25-35
Nov. 27 Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44
Please keep the Church Council in your prayers during this month. We need to
make plans for officers and team members for next year and begin to put the budget
together for 2017. Our current officers and team members have done heroic work and
we have accomplished much during the past year. For a church of our size and budget
we have been generous, frugal, and at the same time responsive to needs in our giving
and ministry together as a congregation. It is a delight to know that we have seen
North Baptist Church as “Christ's” church and not “our” church. We follow His
directions in the way that we live as a church fellowship.