The Inn crowd, the harvest, and other news


Thank you for being part of the Inn Crowd! Whether you got items for the blessing bags, are planning to help paint our guest beds on Saturday, or signed up for any other part of this ministry of hospitality — your gift of yourself is what makes it all possible. We will assemble 60 blessing bags for our guests on Sunday morning and continue sign-up for our first week of Room in the Inn (November 4 is opening night!).

Are you looking for some sack lunch ideas? Take a look at this.

Dinner menu ideas? Here they are!

All Saints

On November 4, our congregation observes All Saints Day. We remember those who have died over the past year as well as those who have shaped our lives of faith in significant ways and have joined the worship of the saints in heaven. Their names will be read during communion, reminding us that we are always “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) to cheer us on as we follow Jesus on the way.

Congregational Meeting November 4

Julia Keith, Chair of the Official Board, has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, November 4, immediately following morning worship. The agenda for the meeting is the call of Vine Street’s new Associate Minister.

In a meeting on Monday, October 15, the Official Board received the search committee report and voted unanimously to present the candidate, Allison Ruari to the congregation with the recommendation that she be called to serve as Associate Minister.

A sheet with biographical information about Allison Ruari will be available in worship on Sunday as well as by mail upon request.

Our thanks to the members of the search committee for their good and faithful work: Angie Wilson, Jack Wallace, Carol Doidge, Ed Cole, Lester McNatt, Stephen Moseley, Julia Keith, and Jeff Miller (chair).

Mark your calendar

We will gather again for our annual Harvest Lunch on Sunday, November 11, in Fellowship Hall, following morning worship. The meal will be catered by Copper Kettle, and the Membership Committee may invite you to bring a dessert to share (more details soon). It is good to come together and share a meal, enjoy conversations with old and new friends, and hear a brief state-of-the-church address. We have done some important and incredibly difficult work together this past year, and while some seeds are only beginning to sprout and other plants are still growing, it’s also good to celebrate the harvest of our plowing, sowing, and reaping — the fruit of our labor and the faithfulness of God.

Board meeting called

Great news! An Official Board meeting has been called for Thursday, November 1, 6:30 p.m. to review and discuss the proposed new bylaws. This major revision was necessitated by our vision of a new governance structure. Once the Official Board has completed its review, the final draft of the new bylaws will be presented to the congregation for approval.