REMEMBRANCE DAY

For over thirty years a wreath has been laid on Remembrance Day by two members of the three Sarnia Christian Reformed churches. We have participated in this ceremony to show our appreciation for the efforts of the Canadian Armed Forces in the liberation of The Netherlands during World War II. This year the wreath will be laid by Jennie Kapteyn, and her son Ray on November 11. Jennie lost her
brother George Esser who fought in the Second World War. Each church has made a contribution that covers the cost of the wreath,
leaving some surplus to be used for the Legion’s poppy fund. Proceeds from the sale of poppies allows the Legion to assist needy veterans.

REFORMATION SUNDAY

What does Reformation Day commemorate?
A German scholar and monk named Martin Luther was upset that a representative of the Catholic Church was coming to his hometown of Wittenberg, a little backwater of a town, to raise money for the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The church planned to sell “indulgences” — a way of winning remission from penance in this life or in purgatory by making a donation to the church. There was a popular saying of the time: “As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs.” Luther wasn’t having that, and he wrote down his reasons — his 95 Theses, or grievances against the pope and the church. On Oct. 31, 1517, he nailed them to the door of Castle Church in the center of town.
Luther’s main idea, developed in subsequent years, was this: We do not enter heaven not through sacraments like baptism or absolution, but through faith alone — “sola fide,” in the Latin of the church. Luther had five “solas” he believed Christians needed: faith, Scripture, Jesus, grace and glory.
“I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that through which the righteous live by a gift of God, namely by faith,” Luther wrote. “Here I felt as if I were entirely born again and had entered paradise itself through the gates that had been flung open.”
It was like a theological bomb going off. Thanks to the newly invented printing press, Luther’s theses were printed, translated into different languages and spread around Europe. People flocked to Germany to hear Luther speak, the Protestant Reformation was born.

BENEFIT CONCERT

Saturday, November 2nd at 7:30 P.M. This concert will be held at First Christian Reformed Church Sarnia.
Participating choirs will be: Sursum Corda Christian Male Chorus, directed by Adrian Strybos and Wavesong Vocal Ensemble, directed by Rachel Giacomin. The proceeds of this concert will go to NeighbourLink, Sarnia/Lambton.

MINISTRY TO THE SEAFARERS

Did you know? Seafarers transport 90% of all you own. Many seafarers who spend Christmas on the job away from their families deeply appreciate being thought of by a total stranger. Will you help us with the “Seafarers Christmas Parcel Program?” We have until Sunday, Oct 27 to collect the following (suggested) items which the GEMS will assemble the following night into gift packages and ship to Montreal:
Socks, mittens, gloves, neck
scarf, bagged wrapped candy, pens, small calendar, travel size shampoo, face cloth, deck of cards, liquid soap/body wash, tooth brush/paste, nail clippers, purse-size Kleenex, small Canadian souvenir

***all hats have been supplied **
Please place the items in the red totes labeled “Seafarers Donations” in the church foyer. Thank-you in advance for your generosity and helping the GEMS share the love of Christ by making these parcels available to the Seafarers!

FROM THE REFUGEE COMMITTEE

We are delighted to receive official word that we are scheduled to welcome a new Syrian family on
October 18! We have rented an apartment for them and have most of the necessary furnishings, thanks to you! We still need a vacuum cleaner and a laptop computer. We may need a cell phone, depending on what they already have. If you have one of these items in excellent condition that you can donate, please contact Joleen Vanderheide or one of the deacons.