Jesus Heals

Lent 4A John 9:1-41

On this 4th Sunday of Lent, it is good to have a long gospel reading! I think we could use all the good news we can get right now. It is obvious that this is a stressful time. That’s an understatement of course. It is a frightening and uncertain time. We are afraid for the health of those we love and ourselves. We might be concerned about our financial stability. And we might wonder if our lives will ever return to normal. It is good to hear of this miracle of Jesus’ healing and bringing sight to the blind man. Most of all, it is good to hear a story of Jesus bringing light into darkness; a darkness that seemed impenetrable, a darkness that seemed inevitable. Just like ours.

03222020This is also a good scripture to read now when much of our uncertainty and unease are related to health. I have a few friends who have recently said that they are unafraid of this virus because they have faith and their faith is so strong they won’t get sick. They believe because they have strong faith in Jesus that God will not let them get sick. I’ve also seen some things on social media that insist that if we would all pray hard enough, the virus would dissolve like snow, and everyone would be instantly healed.
There is an awful lot in those ideas to think through. At its base, both of those ideas are seeking to find a faithful way to respond to a difficult situation. But here are some other things to consider as well. First, faith is very important and it is not only a consolation but also a guide to how we approach suffering and hardship. Our faith teaches us that we are called to love our neighbor and that calling, along with Loving God, are the twin guiding principles of our lives, most especially in difficult times. That guiding principle of our faith, the two-fold law Jesus said was the greatest of all commandments, is something we can use to help us asses our decisions and our choices when the world seems chaotic and scary.

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Annual Chili Cookoof!
Get those Crockpots Going! It is time for our Annual Chili Cookoff This Sunday, November 11th after worship. There will also be a cornbread competition as well. Fun prizes to win and funds raised from the contest will help fulfill our annual gift to Community Table.All Saints’ Sunday
This past Sunday was All Saints’ Sunday and we joined together in the sure hope of the Resurrection to light candles for those who now live eternally with God.
Some have inquired about the extra candles in the trays on the ends. These candles were in memory of those who have died this year in episodes of senseless violence and for those whose names are known only to God.

Veterans Day
One hundred years ago this Sunday, at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1911, the horrific violence of the first world war came to an end. The celebration of this day, Armistice Day, coincides with Remembrance Day in Great Britain, which marks the same event. In the United States, this one hundred year old tradition has come to be a day in which we honor all veterans.
There will be a Veterans Day Parade in Sylva on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
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Blessing of the Quilts
This Sunday we will bless quilts made by The Tuesday Quilters for Lutheran World Relief! Thank you, once again, to these wonderful, generous ladies who give of their time and talent for this project, sending warm, durable blankets around the world.



Add to your calendar….

  • Sanctuary open for prayer on Election Day, 11/6 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff 11/11
  • Thanksgiving 11/22 Church office closed Thursday and Friday
  • Advent begins 12/2
  • First Advent Wednesday with Holden Evening Prayer 12/5
Weekly Activities In Our Building
Mondays 6:00pm
+Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday 10:00am
+Quilts of Valor on the Fourth
Wednesdays 10:00am
+Guitar Choir Rehearsal
Various Wednesdays 6:30pm
+Sunday Worship
+Dillsboro Drumming Group
third Saturday
+Shepherd’s Choice Bookclub
third Saturday
+Quilts of Valor
last Wednesday

Sunday School Has Returned!
Join us in the Fellowship Hall for a new Sunday School Class. We are currently studying the Apostle’s, Nicean, and Athanasian Creeds and will be following this with a study of Luther’s Small Catechism, specifically for adults. We gather around 9:45.




Please Help Us Be Good Stewards of Our Property
If you use the church building, please remember to:
+clean up+
+take off your trash+
+set the thermostat on 76+
++LOCK the DOORS++
Do you want to use the building for a group meeting or project? Check the calendar in the Narthex to see if there are any regularly scheduled activities on the day. Then check with Dee Dee or Pastor Rosemary so we can put you on the calendar.

Looking for a great daily devotional you can use on your phone or computer? is a great one to try. It is free and even has nice music you can play while you read the scripture for the day. Click here for the website or find the app in all the usual app services. Want to download the app to your phone but need help? Bring your phone to church and Pastor Rosemary will help you out.

Your council members are:
Susan Braithwaite
Betsy Aspinwall
Peggy Smith
Phil Kneller
Terry Emly
Bill Bishop
Carol Coone
Our finance officers are: Robert Braithwaite and Russ SeagleMorning Prayer

pray_lettering.jpgPlease Pray For…
+The natural world around us, God’s good creation of which we are stewards, as we head into Fall and begin preparing for cooler weather and the winter days ahead.
+Students, faculty, and staff at WCU and SCC.
+Those who are hungry, have no safe home, those who grieve, those who suffer, and especially children who are without responsible care for their well-being and safety.
+Those who feel alienated from God, especially those who have been harmed by people who should have provided safety and care.
+Our full prayer list is available at the church or you may email Dee Dee for a copy. Honoring privacy, we do not send out this list of names in mass email form.Have a prayer request to share with Pastor Rosemary?email Pastor Rosemary PeekWant to have a name added to or removed from the prayer list
for Sunday Mornings?email Dee Dee at the church office