The weekly Newsletter of
A Welcoming Family of Faith!

Mark your calendar! Our 2nd Annual Church Cookout is scheduled for September 17. We are looking for people to help organize the event! See below!

With our annual meeting coming up in November, we are now looking for volunteers to serve on our nominating committee – and for new members of our Board of Directors. If interested in serving on the nominating committee – please see Jerry Schearer.

NEW!!! Friendly’s Family Night & Fundraiser – October 5! See article below.

As a reminder we welcome all to be part our Sunday service as ministers. The new rota’s are out (see links to the left) – but lots of blanks.

Please take the time to read the articles and information in this week’s “GOOD NEWS” including clicking on our prayer list and pray for the requests listed there.

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This weeks readings and question of the week:
Take time to mediate on God’s word and prepare for worship this Sunday. And as you meditate on them, consider the Question of the Week:
How must I transform myself to live Jesus’ gospel so that I can offer everyone his generous, compassionate, self-sacrificing love?

WISDOM 9:13-18B
PSALM 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17
Philemon 9-10. 12-17
Luke 14:25-33

Luke 14:25-33
Now large crowds were traveling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple……………. ……………… So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all

So Jesus calls for a follower who will hate his mother and father, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life. The point of the list is that no other relationship is first for a disciple. “Hate” is used figuratively and suggests a priority of relationship. Jesus is first. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus, not anyone or anything else. A disciple is a learner, and the primary teacher in life is Jesus. This total loyalty is crucial, given the rejection and persecution that lie ahead. If his followers care more about family than about Jesus, when families are divided under pressure of persecution, they will choose against Jesus. This is what lies behind Jesus’ remarks. Discipleship is not possible if Jesus is not the teacher.
This is why bearing the cross and coming after Jesus is the issue of discipleship. Learning from Jesus means following him, experiencing the rejection he experienced and so bearing the cross he bore. We cannot “learn Jesus” without being prepared to walk this path. Discipleship is basically allegiance. To follow Jesus is to rely on him.

2nd Annual Parish Picnic coming soon!!!!: SEPTEMBER 17, 12 pm – 6 pm
Exeter Community Park

Last year we had our first Parish Picnic. It was great fun and a success and the parish demanded another one! So we hope you can join us for our 2nd Annual Parish Picnic on Saturday, September 17.
If you would like to take charge of any aspect of the day (kids games; adult games; food arrangement; etc) – we would welcome volunteers!!!! See any board member today!

All Souls will provide the Hamburgers, Hotdogs and rolls/buns. Please feel free to bring other things for the grill, or side dishes, or salads, or snack food, or drink, or whatever you want to bring – but most importantly bring yourself, family, and friends!




New Board of Director members to be elected at Annual Meeting!

We need a few parishioners to serve on a nominating committee. The nominating committee will convene to select at least two people to serve on the Board of Directors. The board members are elected at our Annual Meeting on November 6. If you want to be on the nominating committee, please see Jerry.

If you are interested in being nominated to the Board of Directors, please see any current board members to ask questions about being a board member and express your interest. Board members serve a three year term.

LGBT Center of Greater Reading “50+ Coffee Group”

Wed. Sept. 14, 2016 at 9:00am
Berks Encore-Reading Center
40 N. 9th Street, Reading, Pa.

Updates to Medicare & Soc. Security Benefits. Enjoy coffee & conversation in a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere.
For more information: Please call: 610-698-4063 or email: info@thecenterofrdg.org
Call for parking code: 610-374-3195

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5: 5 pm – 8 pm

Bring your family and friends for a night out at Friendly’s at 3024 Penn Ave in West Lawn! Can’t stay? Call ahead and pick up an order to go! We will have baked goods for sale, raffles for gift baskets, and more!

So join us for a good meal, some ice cream, and some fun! Please share this event and invite more friends!

HOW CAN YOU HELP? 1) To come out and have a meal. 2) Invite friends. 3) Provide Baked Goods 4) provide a raffle basket. Please see Kimmie or any board member for more information?


SHUT IN? HAVE TO WORK? Can’t make it out? JERRY DELIVERS!!!! Just contact Jerry ahead of time with what meal you want and we will deliver it to you! Ice Cream delivery might be limited (could melt or be eaten on the way) – but we will try!!!


Only $5.00 !


Other sents include:

Almond, coconut, cucumber melon, lavender, lemon bliss, milk & honey, expresso truffle, Incense, key lime mint, lavender patchouli, rose, rosemary mint and peppermint.

Purchase some this Sunday after service!

How are you doing answering this past week’s question of the week?
How can I honestly offer hospitality this coming week to someone not usually among my welcomed guests?