All Saints’ Sunday: November 5
Christians throughout the world celebrate All Saints’ Day in honor of all the saints, both known and unknown. In most Protestant churches, it is celebrated on the first Sunday of November. Protestants regard all Christians, both past and present, as saints. As we solemnly remember all those who have died in the past year, we also focus on Christ’s victory over death. While the festival acknowledges the reality of death, we emphasize our hope in the Resurrection and our place in the “communion of saints.”
- During the All Saints’ Sunday morning service at 11:00 a.m., we will remember those members of Shadyside Presbyterian Church who have been received into the Church Triumphant during the past calendar year.
- On the afternoon of All Saints’ Sunday, at 3:00 p.m., the Chancel Choir will sing the beloved setting of the Requiem by composer Gabriel Fauré. We invite the congregation to submit the names of any deceased family members whom they would like to have acknowledged in the afternoon bulletin. Please submit the names to Gwen Missouri in the church office before Friday, October 27.
- Shadyside Presbyterian Church offers a Grief Support Group designed to provide encouragement and a faith-centered perspective for those who have lost a loved one. Two meetings will occur within the next month, including one which will focus on surviving the holidays.
-Monday, October 23, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. (Details)
-Monday, November 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. (Details)
- Shadyside Presbyterian Church offers one-to-one, confidential Christian care through its Stephen Ministry program. If you think you could benefit from the support and encouragement of a Stephen Minister as you grieve, please contact Rev. Lynn M. Portz, Associate Pastor for Parish Life, through the church office.
- Please remember that Shadyside Presbyterian Church has four pastors who are available to talk and pray with you. Although each of them focuses upon certain aspects of ministry, they all are, first and foremost, pastors. They all are ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament, and all of them desire to walk with you as you seek God’s strength and wisdom through both joys and challenges of life, including your seasons of grief. If you would like to speak with one of the pastors, please do not hesitate to call the church office.
“Blessed are they who die in the Lord,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”