St. Paul’s members, the next Voter’s Assembly will be Monday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Worship Center.
Fall Harvest Party 2015 Saturday, October 17 4:00-7:00 p.m. Join us for carnival games, Trick-or-Treating, Make-a-Craft, Pitch-in-Picnic, and Sing around the Campfire with Pastor Shadday See the September newsletter for more details!
More Than Just
Halloween was originally All Hallows Eve, or the eve of All Saints Day.All Saints Day is the celebration of those who have died in the Christian faith and are with God in heaven.All Hallows Eve was said to be the time the demons would do their worst before being vanquished on All Saints Day.Over time it morphed into the mainly harmless day it has become.
On All Hallows Eve 1517, a young monk had a big problem.Things were all messed up.The Church was trying to get people to buy their way into heaven.Such a notion is ridiculous.The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus came to save us.We are saved by His grace, not by anything we do (see Ephesians 2:8-9).Martin Luther wanted to raise awareness about this problem and God’s solution.He did with a big bang.He nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg Germany on October 31, 1517, beginning the Reformation.Why did he nail them there that day?He knew the people would be coming for All Saints Day the next morning and would read them.
Why do we care?The Reformation put the focus of Christianity back where it should be: Jesus.Yes, the Church has a history filled with sinners and sinful things happening.We are imperfect people in an imperfect world.That’s why God sent Jesus into the world; to take the sins of all people for all time.He did this by His death on the cross.He rose from the dead, assuring us of eternal life in heaven.That’s a reason to celebrate.Enjoy your Halloween/Reformation Day.Join us as we celebrate the Reformation on Sunday October 25, and for our celebration of All Saints Day November 1.