October 31st, 2018

If you were not with us last Sunday, you have a treat in store. There is a treasure chest in the Narthex. It’s filled with photographs of people engaged in ministry with BPC. The theme for this year’s stewardship campaign is “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” from Matthew 6:21, so the photos are all heart-shaped. As I said in last Sunday’s sermon, they are not pictures of people “doing church activities.” They are pictures of belonging to God and each other. That is the true treasure of BPC.

The stewardship ministry team is hoping you will stop by the treasure chest and take time to look at the photos. You may well come across one of you or a family member. The team hasn’t discussed it yet, but it occurred to me that at the end of the campaign we should invite people to take home pictures of themselves. But what interests me most is the heart-shaped basket beside the treasure chest. It’s there for you to drop in a card saying what you treasure most about BPC. Thinking about that is a helpful way to discern if our giving to the church is in keeping with the gifts we receive here.

The statements on the cards dropped in the basket so far are what we might expect:: “The outreach’, “The cloud of witnesses who help me develop my faith in God”, “The wonderful music”, “The diversity of mission projects”, “The fabulous artwork”…What would your statement be?

Toward peace, Catherine

Don’t forget to set your clocks back 1 hour on Saturday night!

Scripture Readings for November 4, 2018
Ruth 1:1-18
Psalm 146
Hebrews 9:11-14
Mark 12:28-34

During worship on All Saints Sunday, November 4th, we will read the names of BPC members and loved ones who have died in the past 12 months. To submit a name, please call the Church Office, 552-2504, or email Office Manager Sherry Ingham at sherry@blacksburgpres.org by Wednesday October 31st. Please provide help with pronunciation.