Over the Coffee
November – Thanksgiving, OSU football, Daylight Savings/Standard Time,
Veterans Day, The Reign of Christ Sunday and end of the church calendar year, plans
for Christmas... that time is finally here. Let us enjoy it and make the most of it!
The Common Lectionary Readings closing out Year A are as follows:
- Nov. 5 Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; 1 Thess. 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12
- Nov. 12 Joshua 24:1-25, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13
- Nov. 19 Judges 4:1-7, Psalm 123, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30
- Nov. 26 Ezekiel 34:11-24, Psalm 100, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46
The messages this month will come from the gospel readings for the Matthew
passage of the day and the sermon titles will be: Nov. 5 - “The Place for Hypocrites”,
Nov. 12 - “Keeping Watch”, Nov. 19 - “Being Faithful with What We Have”, Nov. 26 -
“What It All Comes Down To”.
Even though the first Sunday of Advent is in December this year, we will have our
traditional “Trimming of the Tree” and getting the church ready for the Christmas
season early – on November 19th at 3:30 pm. Come and share a coffee and snack and
We will honor Veterans on November 12th. The Columbus Baptist Association
(CBA) will have a meeting at the New Life Baptist Church on Tuesday evening at 7:00
p.m. Tim McCarthy is our representative to the CBA and you can see him if you
would like information on this event and if you plan to attend. We will cancel the
Wednesday Bible study on the 22nd, the day before Thanksgiving, so that everyone will
have time to plan for family and holiday events.
Let us keep one another in prayer. The passing of Bud Petersen this past month is
a reminder to us that we all have a limited time with the fellowship of North Baptist
(even if it is 50 years like Bud) – and that we are called to use that time to carry each
other’s burdens till we are called away to something more glorious. When the candles
are lit on Sunday morning and all is set up, I think of Bud and give thanks.