The Whole Armour of God



"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

Ephesians 6:11

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Fr. Scott's sermon focused on the Epistle Lesson from St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians starting at the 10th verse of chapter 6. In these verses St. Paul directs us to put on the full armour of God. Fr. Scott compared that equipment to the equipment he dealt with while in the marines. He then reviewed how each piece of the Armour of God helps us as Christians in our fight against spiritual wickedness. He also reminded us that the Sword of the Spirit (God's words) are primarily an offensive weapon and we need to spread the Gospel to those who need to hear it.


Please find the complete sermon and service at the following link:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2NE4wGKufI

Thank you Fr. Scott for the inspirational sermon!

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During Christian Education this past Sunday, Fr. Scott discussed the relationship between the sovereignty of God and prayer. He asked the question "If God is all knowing, does prayer actually change anything?" While prayer is primarily about the relationship between you and God, prayer does change things. We don't change God's mind, but we are the means through which He chooses to work in the world.

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After services Carol, Diane, and Teresa served a delicious lunch of Cowboy beans, bread, salad, and pies!





Thank you for the wonderful lunch and company!

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Fr. Scott led a Holy Communion Service on Tuesday last week as we celebrated All Saints Day.



















On Wednesday we celebrated All Souls Day. Fr. Scott led a somber Holy Communion Service which ended in our beautiful Memorial Garden.


Thank you Fr. Scott for those two beautiful services!

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Mike had very successful surgery this past week and is recovering nicely!












Claudia sent this picture today! Mike was released from the hospital one week after surgery! Looking forward to seeing them both after a period of convalescence at home.




Please keep Mike and Claudia in your prayers as Mike continues his recovery. May his recovery continue to be quick and uneventful!


O LORD, holy Father, by whose loving kindness our souls and bodies are renewed; Mercifully look upon thy servant, Mike, that, every cause of sickness being removed, he may be restored to soundness of health; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


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Big News!


The Mission Committee has contracted to have the old fuel oil furnace replaced with two new heat pumps - one for each level of the church! These heat pumps will provide better air conditioning and heat to the sanctuary and for the first time - air conditioning in the basement. The work will start this coming week and includes removal of the fuel oil furnace & associated oil tank, installation of the heat pumps, new duct work, and revised electrical. The work will be completed in 2 - 3 weeks. During construction, please keep safety in mind, most especially for all the children!


We have decided to cancel food after services for the next three Sundays, November 13, November 20, and November 27 because the downstairs area may be disrupted by the construction.




Also, many thanks to Earl for doing all the research, coordinating all the bids, evaluating the vendors, and supervising all the work!






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Sue continues to lead our weekly online prayer group on Discord. Thank you so much Sue for taking the time each week to lead our prayers! If you have a special prayer request but cannot join us, please send your request to Sue. Please contact me if you would like to join us on Discord.


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We are starting a short 6 week Women's Bible Study for Advent using the pictured study guide. The first meeting will be on Wed., Nov 16 at noon. I originally planned to meet at the church but don't think that will work with all the construction. I will let everyone know the location in the next week. At that first meeting we can plan the rest of the meetings! The book is $13 and may be purchased at the following link:


https://www.p31bookstore.com/products/pointing-to-the-promise-an-advent-study-guide?pr_prod_strat=use_description&pr_rec_id=7f5fffa24&pr_rec_pid=4728927420500&pr_ref_pid=4728935678036&pr_seq=uniform


Please let me know if you are interested!


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The Symphony of the Mountains is having their 'By The Fireside' Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 3 at 3 pm at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. Rose Marie has made before the concert lunch reservations at The Chop House in Kingsport @ 1:00 pm. Please let Rose Marie know if you are coming to The Chop House so she can update the reservations. If you are interested in attending the concert, please let Scott know as he will obtain group tickets for us - tickets are $20 each (checks payable to The Symphony of the Mountains).

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On the lighter side of things - Teresa shared this sign she recently came across in a restaurant restroom!

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November Activities


Thur., Nov. 10 11:30 Online Prayer Group


Sun., Nov. 13 10 am Christian Education

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott


Wed., Nov. 16 noon - Women's Bible Study

location to be determined


Sun., Nov. 20 10 am Christian Education

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott

cash plate to Fr. Scott's discretionary fund


Wed., Nov. 23 noon - Women's Bible Study

location to be determined


Thur., Nov. 24 11:30 Online Prayer Group


Sun., Nov. 27 10 am Christian Education

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott

Wed., Nov. 30 noon - Women's Bible Study

location to be determined