October/November 2010 Newsletter

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“rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:7)

In the harvest season and throughout the year we have much to be thankful for. This edition’s Vision View asks how do we embrace the challenge of responding to the poor, the homeless, the marginalized? Recent visiting professor Dan Epp-Thiessen from Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), Winnipeg, MB assured us it is both possible to lament and to praise. There is much can be found to lament about in our troubled world. Blessed with freedoms, resources, health care and security – opportunities to be thankful abound as well.

But do we overflow we thankfulness?

A read of the Thankfulness column by Abby Horst herein indicates that hopefully as a congregation and community there is a strong demonstration of an overflowing of thankfulness. Like a mustard seed, one young person’s lament and care for the situation of others quickly turned into an outpouring and overflowing act, or praise, to share with others. And so together we can be encouraged by this call to service which is no doubt rooted and strengthened in the faith which we have been taught and which we strive to live out and build up together as a faith community.

This month’s edition also includes photos and snippets of other stories of thankfulness and praise. One of our youth, Lily Roth speaks of the personal joy experienced through the pursuit of her passion for dance. Our Pastor’s Pen
encourages us to ‘dance’ in a different way to the tension of a world on edge…testing our faith by putting ourselves out-there a bit where we might be vulnerable…but also then have the opportunity to experience our faith in a very real way.

Life Together seeks to capture and chronicle a sense of our roots and share about our new experiences. Remembering a former SJMC pastor, Roy S. (Swartz) Koch reminds us of our rich history, and our regular column, featuring the Willms family marks the thankfulness of ‘getting to know’ an expanding and strengthened community at SJMC. And the stories highlighted in this column merely touch on the other inspiring columns and stories shared in these pages of this Autumn edition of Life Together.

We hope you enjoy your read of this edition and we express our on-going appreciation to all those who have contributed to its content and publication.

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