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“We are having a fantastic fall here at the preschool. We are running at full capacity with a waiting list. Our Preschool families enjoyed Trunk-R-Treat. We really appreciate the church members reaching out to include the Preschool families in this event.

On November 1st we celebrate All Saints Day. It is also sometimes referred to as the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. “Saints” are all true believers on earth and in heaven, both living and dead. However, in the Lutheran Confessions, the departed ones do not hold a higher “position” in the Church. We do not pray to the departed Saints, as God commanded we are only to worship and pray to the one true God. We are all members of the same family with saints, as we confess in the Apostles Creed to our belief in “The Holy Christian Church, The Communion of Saints”. All Saints Day is a day to glorify Jesus Christ, who by His holy life and death redeemed the lost and made them saints through Holy Baptism and faith in Him.

November 6th is election day. , I’d like to lay three suggestions out for you, three things a Christian can do this election cycle. First, Pray. Pray for wisdom. Pray for guidance. Pray that the people of our country would make the right decision. Pray for the candidates, all of them. Pray for our electoral process. Pray for peace and good government after the dust of the election settles. Second, Repent. You’re going to have to make a decision this election. You may love it, you may hate it, but if you are voting, there is a decision to be made. It is reasonable for a Christian to ask God for forgiveness after voting. “Lord, I made the decision I thought was best. Forgive me if I was wrong. Forgive my stubborn trust in earthly authorities above Your authority.” Third, Rejoice. Our trust doesn’t lie in candidates, our other elected officials, or even the United States government. Psalm 146 reminds us “Put not your trust in princes, in a
son of man, in whom there is no salvation.” There is no salvation to be found in any of these candidates, but we can rejoice that we have faith in the only one in whom salvation is found, Jesus Christ. Scripture shows time and time again that earthly governments, powers, and armies are of no consequence to God. He raises up powers and causes them to fall. But we are citizens of a chosen race, purchased with the blood of Jesus. And as our earthly leader changes we can rejoice that the ruler of all things remains the same.

Thanksgiving is near (November 22nd)! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy Name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit; who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy; who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103.1-5 From the beauty of God’s Word shines forth these few words of Psalm 103, a psalm of thanksgiving. We are privileged to give thanks to Almighty God for His many benefits and blessing. Our Heavenly Father forgets not one of us. It is well for us at Thanksgiving time to make a special effort to recall all of God’s good gifts, recalling them one by one. Memory is weak, of course, and the blessings many. So, it’s fitting and right that we should bless the Lord, for in so doing we recall His bounteous love. As a preschool, we come together often in heartfelt songs of praise. We thank Him for every good and perfect gift.
Peace, Maritza Sprague

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