"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs." Psalm 100:1, 2

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Are We Celebrating Halloween? - October Observer Message

The Halloween decorations seem to go up earlier and earlier every year. My neighbor seems to go a little gaga over the whole decorating thing.

The literal meaning of Halloween is “the day (evening) before All Saints’ Day.” All Saints’ Day is a festival on the church calendar on November 1st. Concerning the day before, it appears that Halloween has a couple of different faces. For some, Halloween has become the equivalent of a fall harvest festival. Activities such as wearing costumes, bobbing for apples, and carving pumpkins are all part of the fun. There is nothing wrong with these activities.

But Halloween also has a dark side. One can find precious little to commend its emphasis on death, violence, the occult, gore, and harmful pranks done under the cover of darkness. The devil and his evil spirits are real. They are powerful beings whom the Lord has identified as our spiritual enemies. We dare not underestimate Satan’s power and influence. The things Halloween celebrates, such as witchcraft and superstition, are certainly out of place in the lives of God’s people. And it’s dangerous to make light of them. Christian families may differ in their observance of Halloween and its related activities. But all Christians need to consider the “why?” and “how?” of anything they choose to celebrate, Halloween included. Ask – “What are you celebrating?”

New Bible Classes Starting September 8th, 9th and 13th

Tuesday 7:30 pm / Wednesday 10 am — Starts September 8/9

Our Tuesday/Wednesday Bible Study, in the council chambers, will look at the Life of David, one of the most well-known men of the Old Testament. We will see David the King, the giant killer, the sinner, the father, the musician, and more.
Come and enjoy this Bible Study together.
Sunday 9:10-10:10 am — Starts September 13
Sunday morning Bible Study, in the school cafeteria, will be studying the topic: The End Times. What does God’s Word tell us about Judgment Day and Jesus’ second coming.
Come and be encouraged by God’s Word in this interesting Bible Study. If you need nursery care for young children call the church office ahead of time so we can plan for your child(ren) (261-5959).
Sunday coffee and donuts start on September 13 at 8:45-9:10 am in the school cafeteria. There is a freewill offering. Plan to come and visit to-gether before classes begin.
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