All Saints Day
This past week we celebrated a Harvest Festival which saw somewhere around 300 people attend. This was put on by the Orland Ministerial Association in which our church is a part of and I am deeply involved. We are looking for ways to attract our younger generations which we are missing in our pews.
Events like these are one way to show the people of our city the love of Christ. As I talked about two Sundays ago, we are not to make disciples for any specific church, but for Jesus the Christ! This is our way of showing the people in our community that we can see past our theological differences and unite for the good of God's Kingdom!
Two days ago we celebrated All Saints Day as we celebrated the lives of 9 people who were either members or constituents of the church. We did this in a way that might have been new to our church but went off smoothly and successfully! I was very moved by the readings that Jerry and Jenny Aguiar did along with the bell ringing, the music, and of course the solo that Kristin did. I looked out and saw some of you wiping away some tears as you heard about your loved ones or the message about your friends were being read. I was thankful to participate in the small way that I did.
As we move towards Advent which starts on November 28th let us be reminded of the reason for the season and that is our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus' birth. As we get closer to that date I will publish the Scriptures we will be using this year so you can read ahead. We will also be doing an Advent study this year on Sunday mornings at 9 am starting on November 28th, we will also do the same Advent study on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm starting on Thursday, December 2nd.
Pastor Scott Gessford
Hello Church Family,
I hope that you will enjoy the new website. It has been a challenge for me to create and upload it. I hope over time that we can make it any better. We are always looking for new and bright ideas to add to our site. This blog is one of them.
This is my first blog ever and as I write this I am preparing for Bible Study. We are preparing to move Bible Study to the evening to see if we can grow our group. This change is scheduled for January 2022 and we will be praying for you to join us. If you are not a member of our church family yet, we invite you to grow with us in our reading and understanding of the Bible.
If you are not aware of the upcoming Harvest Festival... here are the details as of right now. The Harvest Festival will be Saturday, October 30th from 12-5 pm. We will provide a small lunch consisting of hot dogs, chips, and water, we will also have games, music, and of course candy! We would like to invite you and bring your friends to Library Park in Orland. If you do not know where the park is please contact the church office at 530-865-3131. If you would like to donate candy for this event please contact me at the church office and I would be happy to make arrangements for you to drop it off or I can pick it up.
I hope and pray that as I start off on this journey of learning how to blog and what to write about that you will be kind and encourage me to write more often. God Bless all of you and may the peace and comfort of God be with you.
Pastor Scott Gessford