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There will be several celebrations of our beloved Presbytery Pastor Tom Sheffield as he approaches retirement on Nov. 15th:  Tom will deliver his outgoing sermon at Presbytery Assembly on Tue., Oct. 24th at Central Presbyterian Church, and there is a presbytery-wide retirement party on Fri., Oct. 27th at Wellshire Church – you may pick up a flyer with details from the Welcome Desk.  GMPC will also have a celebration on Sun., Nov.

This morning’s Stewardship insert emphasizes the aspect of joyful giving: the return of some of God’s abundance.  Please read and reflect on the Stewardship inserts each week for the insights they may bring to living generously.

We are pleased to welcome Rev. Steve Blackstock to our pulpit as a guest preacher during our sabbatical period.


During the month of November Deacons will be signing up volun-teers who wish to assist in serving at memorial services.  There will be six teams made up of active and/or inactive deacons.  Please look for the deacons in the narthex after each service in November if you wish to sign up.  Volunteers will be notified of their team assignment in December and a Funeral Guideline will be sent to them.


Our After Church  activity this morning is the second Sabbath Workshop, addressing the studies Pastor Gretchen used to prepare for our sabbatical.  This week we will focus on sabbath of the mind.  We’ll meet in the Friendship Room after Warren’s birthday party.

October is a month with five Sundays, so on Oct. 29th the loose (undesignated) offerings placed in the plate will be given to the Deacons’ Assistance Fund to further the parish work of our deacons. If you are giving a check please write “Deacons Fund” on the memo line.

Everyone’s invited to the Tartan Taco luncheon celebrating consecra-tion of our stewardship on Sun., Oct. 29th, but it will help us prepare adequately if you will please sign up at the narthex table.

Please sign up in the narthex for contributing to our annual community Halloween party, Sweet Street.  Volunteers are needed to set up (Wed., Thur. & Fri. the 25-27 at 9am), clean up (Sat.

Fall must be here: the Scouts are taking pre-orders for popcorn and Christmas wreaths on Sun. Oct. 8th and 15th in the entryway by the rock.  This is a great opportunity to support our Pack 448!

Dear Friends,

By the time you are reading this Vista I will have started on my Sabbatical, thanks to your kindness and care for me as your Pastor. Meister Eckhart, great saint of the church, one said: "If they only prayer you say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough!" I find myself saying: "Thank you" over and over to God for this gift and for all of you, who so generously bestowed it upon me.