Two Great Programs on Monday!

In fellowship after today’s worship, two Glade members shared important events that are happening tomorrow in Blacksburg.

Liz Wilbur told us about an event on healthcare access happening at the Unitarian church on Monday evening. This interfaith event will provide information on how healthcare access is a moral imperative in the Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish faith traditions.

Allen Kroehler brought a newspaper article on a panel discussion with Vietnam veterans at the Blacksburg Library. This event is part of the New River Valley Reads program.

Proposed By-laws Changes

On Sunday, October 18 at our Quarterly meeting of the congregation, Church Council proposed amendments to the By-laws. We have attached the proposed version here on the website and sending it out via email. Please review and present any questions or comments to any of the Council members. This proposal will be voted on at our Annual meeting which is scheduled for January 17, 2016.

Text marked in red that is crossed out will be removed and text highlighted in yellow will be added.

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Laundry Love Update

We had a great meeting last night to begin our Laundry Love ministry.  There was lots of great energy in the room. We could feel the Holy Spirit working among us and breathing life-giving hope into the community.  People at the meeting decided to do some site visits at a local laundromat at random times during the week to judge the traffic on different times/days; one person will talk to the owner to get approval for us to use the site; others are checking into grants and fundraising ideas.  We hope to host the first event in early December.  Next planning meeting is November 10 at 6:45 p.m.  Come join us to get involved in this incredible opportunity to begin building relationships with new people while hopefully meeting a need in the community.  Talk with Jacob or Susan Verbrugge for more information.

Bread for the World Sunday

Bread for the World Sunday was October 18, and at Glade we used it to kick off two weeks of action! Have you chosen a way to support this impressive nondenominational organization? You can pray to end hunger, urge Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, or donate.

As I mentioned on Sunday, this is a very important time to contact our Senators and Congressman because the child nutrition act was not renewed before it expired on September 30. Only one in six kids who receive lunch and breakfast also get meals on weekends or during the summer. More funding in this act would mean more kids are reached through programs like Micah’s Backpack.

I’ll also have information about Bread for the World this Sunday and November 1. Thank you, Glade Church, for all that you do!

~Katie

Laundry Love Informational Meeting

It’s time to put the Laundry Love Informational Meeting on your calendars.  We will meet this coming Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Glade.  At the meeting, we will talk more about this new ministry opportunity and what our next steps will be as we seek to follow where God is calling us.  I hope to see many of you at the meeting.  And, I hope that we will all be praying about how God might be calling us to serve those around us through this opportunity and in other ways.

If you want to know more about Laundry Love, check it out at www.laundrylove.org.

Serving Homeless Men

We are partnering with To Our House, a ministry which shelters and feeds homeless men during the coldest winter months.  January 9-15 we will serve as one of the support churches for To Our House.  We will make dinners, muffins, and bagged lunches; we will help wash sheets and blankets at the end of the week; and we will provide overnight volunteers on several of the nights. Come find out how you can be a part of such a vital ministry during an informational meeting following worship on October 25. Talk to Noren Bonner, Katie Lucot, or Susan Verbrugge for more information.

How long, O Lord?

The UCC shooting is the 45th school shooting in America this year, the 142nd since Sandy Hook.  (http://everytown.org/article/schoolshootings/) We weep with Umpqua Community College and all people in that community.  God weeps with us.  And God calls us to make sure it never happens again.  And we say this each time such a horrific event occurs.  And then, we forget.  Followers of Christ, how will we respond?

Fun and Good Eats

A great time was had by all.  And we had some really good desserts too!  We started our dinner groups tonight by eating dessert first It’s not to late to join the fun.  Let Susan know if you want to be a part of a group that gets together once a month to have a meal and good conversation with Glade folks.

Responding to the Refugee Crisis

Is your heart broken at the continuing stories of the refugees fleeing violence and hopelessness  in their own countries only to find borders and hearts closed in their faces?  Check out this article which tells what the UCC as a denomination is doing to try to reach out in love and hope.  http://www.ucc.org/news_syrian_refugee_09102015  Sometimes when we know God is calling us to respond, it is hard to know what to do.  This articles has some practical things you can do.  I also invite you to pray wondering if Glade and other Blacksburg churches should open our own doors and hearts to welcome some of these families into our midst.  We might just be welcoming Jesus.

Pick a Peck of Peppers on Friday!

The NRV Glean Team has been invited to pick leftover peppers at VT’s Kentland Farms this Friday. Peppers are reported to be easy pickin’- no thorns, even ground, and plentiful crops! If you want to join, meet the group at St. Mary’s at 3:45 or out at the farm at 4 pm or later. To get to the farm, take Price’s Fork Road to McCoy Rd and turn right. Then turn left on Whitethorne Rd/Rt 623 once you get into Long Shop (also signed for a public boat launch). The farm is where the road crosses the creek, on the right. All collected food goes to area food banks!

Old Magazines Needed

Our kids could use some old magazines to cut up during the children’s worship on August 9. They also could use some poster board or large paper if anyone has extra at home. You can drop off materials in the nursery anytime before then. Contact Katie with questions. Thanks!

Steppin’ Up for Steppin’ Out

A coalition of pro-peace, pro-community organizations have teamed up to start dialogue at a Steppin’ Out booth this year. The booth will distribute blue stickers that say “________ Builds Community.” Attendees can choose what to write on the line and pick up information about organizations, including Glade Church!

Can you volunteer for a two hour shift? Click here to help us build a peaceful, strong community in Blacksburg.

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Blacksburg, VA 24060

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Blacksburg, VA 24062

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