Dear friends and members of Resurrection,
As October begins, there are several upcoming opportunities I would like to bring to your attention. On
Tuesday mornings, Oct. 5, 12, and 19, from 10-11a.m., we will be holding in-person Bible study in the
multi-purpose room at church, discussing the book, “What is the Bible?” by Rob Bell. He asks such
questions as, Why should we bother with such an ancient book? Isn't it all myths and fairy tales? What
about all that violence? And the contradictions? Isn't it dangerous to take it seriously? Is it inspired? Can
it help us?
All questions regarding the Bible are welcome at our discussions! I have several copies of the book
available for $12. Otherwise, you are able to buy it on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble. I hope you will
consider joining us!
Also, on Thursday nights, beginning October 14 we will be holding a Grief Support Group from 6:30-
8:00p.m. Anyone is welcome to join the group for help in dealing with recent or past losses. While I lead
the group, most of the healing comes through shared vulnerablity and insights that group members offer
to one another. Please let me know if you will be attending so that I can purchase appropriate materials.
My email address is email@example.com.
In October, we will be having guests from our various partnerships present during worship to speak
briefly about the ministry they are doing and the ways we can be involved in that ministry. A chief
characteristic of Resurrection is that we look outward together, beyond our walls, to find ways that we
can participate in making the loving presence of God visible. While our particular partners and
opportunities for service change over time, our commitment to outreach does not. I hope you will be
present in worship during October, as often as possible, to help welcome these guests.
Finally, on Sunday November 7, we will be having a memorial service at 10:00 am for Rose Ellington,
Joannie Lager and Ken Strecker. These beloved members died during the past 18 months and, due to
Covid-19, we were unable to hold services to remember their lives and commend them publicly to God's
eternal care. This Sunday, in the church year, is All Saints Sunday. It seems an appropriate Sunday to
hold this service. If you have any pictures of these friends or other items that you would like us to display
during the service, please bring them to the church by October 31.
While we will not be collecting or reading a list of all of our loved ones who have died during this year's
All Saints Day worship, there will be an opportunity for you to light a candle and/or say a silent prayer for
those who you remember on this day. While we cannot “go back” to before the pandemic, we can find
new ways to “tell the old, old, story of Jesus and his love.”
Thank you for your creativity and patience in discovering together these new ways to express our faith in
the God who was, who is, and who is to be. With us. In love. Always.
The Rev. Dr. Mary Ubuntu is the spiritual leader of Resurrection Lutheran Church and has served in that capacity since 2003. More on Pastor Mary can be found HERE.