This month we began our Adult Sunday School class at 9am each Sunday morning and we began with review
of Bible basics that will conclude on October 23rd. Starting on October 30th we will begin the study of the book of
Genesis. The book of Genesis is quite important in that it presents the relationship of God and the world, especially
with humanity, from the creation up to the birth of Moses. It offers an epic tale of God's presence and relationship
with many characters such as Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. And it lays the foundation of the faith of
the Hebrew people and thus the cornerstone of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. I invite you to come and travel this
marvelous journey through the foundation of our faith. Hope to see you there!
I also want to let everyone know that due to the fact that Christmas is on a Sunday this year, we will only have
one Christmas Eve service at 7pm and of course a service at 10am on Christmas morning. The past several years we have enjoyed having between 85 and 95 at our Christmas eve service and I am hopeful that we can break the 100 mark
this year. So make plans to be here and bring family, friends and neighbors as we gather to celebrate the greatest
gift of all time and the true meaning of Christmas.
Don't forget we need anyone and everyone for "Trunk or Treat" at our Halloween Carnival on October 31th and
we are looking forward to our annual election day meatloaf dinner on November 8th.
And finally, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my personal appreciation and gratitude to Al Perrault.
When any pastor comes to a church one of the most vital relationships they immediately encounter is with the
accompanist and choir director. In my situation upon arriving in McLean it was truly a pleasure to begin my
ministry here working with Al. His personality and willingness to help and work together was wonderfully
pleasant and encouraging. He, over 39 years, has accumulated a wealth of knowledge that he graciously shared
with me. I have truly enjoyed working with Al and wish he and Linda the best on his retiring as our accompanist
and choir director. He has assured me that we will continue to see them as active members in our community
of faith and I look forward to our continued relationship it whatever form it may take. I remind everyone that we will
be having a luncheon to celebrate Al's ministry here at McLean after the annual meeting of November 13th. Hope
you can make it!