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“So I will come near to you for judgment.  I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.

“I the Lord do not change.”

                                                                                        Malachi 3:5-6


      October, as it is with months in the seasons of change, brought quite a variety of weather.  There were days of lovely warmth, days of heavy frost (and even some snow in places); excessive dryness, and a couple of very wet days.  We even experienced the remnants of a powerful Pacific hurricane.  However, probably most memorable, was the wonderfully colorful display of leaves on almost every tree and shrub.  In a world in which much seems to be gone wrong, the Creator reminds us that He is still in charge and still pouring out His blessings if we will only stop and appreciate.

     Change is something that comes into every life – on a personal, community and national basis.  As little children, change is usually welcomed as something new and different – a new adventure that piques our curiosity about the world we live in.  As teens, change is good – sparking rebellion against “the way we’ve always done it” and a testing of the limits imposed by that way.  But as we arrive at adulthood, change is more scary, at least, in part, because we have responsibilities and, usually, time to worry about the effects upon our lives that could result from change. Then, as we age, variations from the way things have always been done are judged to be “newfangled,” no improvement over the old ways, and to be stubbornly resisted. 

     Like the changing of the seasons, however, we have to pause and note the good things that accompany new circumstances, as well as those that bring, at least emotionally, suffering to our souls.  There are no complaints about a warm and sunny October day; but we complain bitterly about a cold and windy morning a few days later.

     However, October weather is a minor issue.  In our times, we face changes that are imposed upon us.  Our government feels it is wiser than we in many facets of our lives, changing how and where our earnings are being spent.  Many churches are changing interpretations of the Scriptures, causing many people to walk away from all modes of worship and faith. This latter is now having a negative impact on our whole society.  We live with a changed generation in which most children (and young adults) are totally unaware of biblical teachings, or even of God Himself – the one unchanging source of truth, wisdom and the pathway for our lives. 

     Pray for this nation – and world, – that change would involve repentance and a renewed trust in God's plans for our lives.


While a nice month to celebrate a special date in one’s life, it’s best to get the celebrations over before everyone has Thanksgiving on their minds.  Hence, by the middle of this month, a lot of the festivities get crowded together within our church family.  After the 19th, we can all sit down and talk turkey.

1         - Bob Kulp birthday.

4   -  Andrew Hooper birthday.

11 – Bob and Marilyn Trippeda wedding anniversary.

15 – Jill Woodring birthday.

17 – Bob and Arlene Wedderman wedding anniversary.

18 – Newton and Joan LeVine wedding anniversary.

19 – Nettie Rainey birthday.

We hope your special day is truly special and that you’ll feel the love and hear the best wishes coming from your church family.


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Keep Gloria Markle in prayer as she enters a new month of her epic battle against cancer and assorted medications.  Pray for increased strength and stamina and a continuation of her marvelous faith and trust in the Lord.

Keep praying for Marilyn Trippeda’s recovery; and give thanks for her ability to be in her pew lately on several Sundays.

Give thanks for Linda Schuerle’s return to the organ after cataract surgery and car replacement.  Give thanks for her skills which are a much-appreciated part of our worship; and pray for safe travel each week during her long commute to Holland Church.


Keep asking for safety and honor for those who wear the uniform of our nation’s military services.  Especially hold Kyle Trippeda, Paul Stofonak, Mark Washburn, Alex Falkner and John W. Potter up in prayer as they are dear to our church family.  We have received a letter from John Potter, who will be going to the Middle East as senior chaplain on his group of ships this month.  Pray for him and Sara during his upcoming deployment.

Keep Dave Derbyshire in prayer as he undergoes a surgical procedure on November 9, asking for a rapid and complete recovery.

Pray for Peace.




Prayer Concerns
God Hears and Answers Prayer

While most of us are out and socializing with friends and strangers, some of our church members are pretty much confined to home, engaged in their own battles with health issues.  Let’s ask for special prayers for these folks – as well as those mentioned above – and even keep in touch with them. 

                        Madeline Templeton

                        Pauline Search

                        Sandy and Irene Nauman



Email us with your prayer requests

He who thanks but with the lips

thanks but in part;

The full, the true Thanksgiving

comes from the heart.


The Samaritan's Purse

Operation Christmas Child

     Again this year, we invite you to prepare a shoe box full of gifts for Operation Christmas Child.  Boxes should be designated to go to a boy or a girl, age group 2-4, or 5-9, or 10-14.  Items can include one big “Wow” item (stuffed animal, soccer ball with pump, puppet, musical instrument, etc.), or several small gifts (toy cars, yo-yos, jump rope, balls, etc.), school supplies (pen, pencil, notebook, coloring books, solar calculators, etc.), non-liquid hygiene items (toothbrush, bar soap, comb, washcloth, etc.), or accessories (T-shirt, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights with batteries, etc.).  Boxes will be accepted at the church up to Thursday, November 19.  Pastor Geoff and Amy will deliver them to a drop-off collection site.

     You may enclose a note with your name and address if you wish, even including a photo of yourself or family if desired.  Sometimes a child will respond!

     Samaritan’s Purse is a non-denominational evangelistic group which has been organizing Operation Christmas Child for 45 years and delivers the shoe boxes to children all over the world in the name of Christ.  The organization is one of our Benevolence Budget items.




   While traveling in Scotland, the great evangelist Charles Spurgeon came across a very old, worn Bible at a wayside inn.  As he examined the book and held it up toward the light, he noticed a small hole where a worm had eaten from cover to cover.

   “Lord, make me a bookworm like that,” Spurgeon said.  “From Genesis to Revelation, it has gone clear through the Bible.”



The harvest is past,

    the summer is ended, ...

 Jeremiah 8:20



     If you have some time on Saturday, November 14, we could use some help at the Christian Education Center for our annual Cleaning Day.  This will be primarily indoor work, restoring the rooms to polished splendor after a year’s worth of meals and social events.  Come and stay as long as you want, prepared to offer your particular cleaning skills … and thank you.



                       Scholarship news 
 2015 Scholarships were awarded to four students for their college studies this year.  Recipients were:
      Joseph Lewis, grandson of Bob and Nettie Rainey, who is a junior
        at Western Connecticut State, studying Music Education.
      Emily Wedderman, granddaughter of Bob and Arlene Wedderman;
        and a freshman at Northampton Community College, majoring in   
      Alyssa More, granddaughter of Joan LeVine.  She is a freshman at
        Vassar College and will probably major in writing and
        communications, although undecided at the moment.
     Sara More, granddaughter of Joan LeVine, a junior at Juniata College.
        She is majoring in Professional Writing/Health Communications.

Each student received a $1,000 scholarship award to help defray the huge cost of getting an education.

Keep each of them in prayer as they experience the new world of opportunities, but also of temptations.




Loose Change Sunday  
Don’t forget the passing of the "Make a Joyful Noise" jar at the end of the service on the first Sunday of the month.  Another of the deacons’ outreach projects, the loose coins accumulate until there are enough to send in to provide free phone cards to our men and women in the service.  One can only imagine the Joyful Noise when a lonely service person is handed a free phone card to call home and hear a familiar voice.
Winter Clothing Drive

   Our deacons, in cooperation with the members of the Finesville Bible Church, are collecting warm clothing, especially children’s coats, to meet the needs of the many people who are coming to their food pantry.  There is a basket in the Prayer Room where non-perishable food and clothing can be donated.  During this upcoming cold weather, all of us should feel our hearts warmed as we share from our abundance.  See Joan LeVine for more info.



Don’t pray when you feel like it.  Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it.


 Children’s thought patterns ~

   During a lesson on 1 Kings 18, a Sunday school teacher explained the confrontation between the prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal.  He described how Elijah built the altar, placed wood on it, prepared the bull, laid it on the altar and instructed God’s people to pour water over the altar.

   “Now,” the teacher asked, “can anyone tell me why they would’ve poured water over the animal?”

   A girl eagerly raised her hand and answered, “To make the gravy!”




Holland Church note cards are now available.  Five notes with envelopes for $6.00.  Featuring a lovely painting of Holland Church, you’ll want to use them often.  See any deacon.  They’re really nice! 


 A message from Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon:

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers in your area. Serve your homebound senior neighbors a hot noontime meal. The commitment to drive is only once a month. It will take only an hour or two once a month to get that good feeling of giving. Call our office at (908) 284-0735 to offer your time or for more information. Help us, help others. Many thanks.