As we approach Halloween, with its emphasis on dressing up and going “trick or treating,” did you know that the word “Halloween” is a shortening of the phrase “All Hallows’ Evening”?
This “hallowed” or “holy” evening precedes “All Hallows’ Day” or “All Saints Day,” a day in which Christians in many countries observe to remember the dead, including saints (“hallows”), martyrs and those who died in the faith.
As our way to remember the “saints” of UBC, on this Sunday in worship, we will briefly recognize by name those members who passed away this year. But we also remember all our loved ones who are now with the Lord. We give thanks to God for their lives and for their gifts in building up the church.
In other matters, the Baptist General Association of Virginia is having its annual meeting in Fredericksburg, November 12-13. This year, the assembly will be voting on a new governing structure that shifts the policy-making authority from a 100-member body to a new 20-member Executive Board. We will vote on our messengers on Wednesday, November 6. If you would like to serve as a messenger, please let the church office know!
~ Blessings, Michael