From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
Meet at All Saints at 9 a.m.
As modern urban dwellers we are more cut off from the rhythm of the seasons than our forebears, but we will be celebrating harvest with the Youth Charity Foundation who still harvest their own rice, and keep pigs, chickens, and geese. They know the back-breaking work which harvesting rice entails and also the difference between a good and a bad harvest!
But harvest is a time for thanksgiving for all God has given us, especially are food, but everything that we get from God’s creation. I am sure it will be a wonderful time this Sunday.
This Sunday, the All Saints Harvest Festival will be held at the Youth Charity Foundation this Sunday. People should meet at the church at 9 am on Sunday, if they need transportation, or to caravan together to the YCF House of Hope. The service is scheduled to start at 10:15 am.
The main dish and drinks will be provided, we are just bringing the side dishes. If you have not already signed up for transport or to say what you will bring, you can email Rebecca Burkholder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with what you would like to contribute to the meal.
Our scripture readings for harvest will be Deuteronomy 8:7-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, and Matthew 6:25-33, and our hymns will be Come Ye Thankful People Come, Give thanks with a grateful heart, and We Plow the Fields and Scatter!
All Saints Day – Sunday 1st November
As we are All Saints, All Saints Day is our patronal festival – this makes it our church birthday and a time for celebration!
In order to celebrate, I will be preaching – via video – to the Sunday morning service in church, and we will also have a special Zoom service, for people in Chiang Mai and around the world, at 7 p.m. Thai time. (For people in the UK, Europe, and the US, daylight saving will have ended so the service will be at midday GMT, 1 p.m. CET, and 7 a.m. EST.)
It will be a time to thank God for our church and to renew our vision once again!
We are not now going forward with joining the Church of Christ in Thailand, but many of the actions this required are still worth doing. A couple of these were the developing of our Vision and Mission statements. Our vision should be one shared by the whole church, and as part of the process we would like you to fill in this very short survey.
There are only five short questions:
1. How long have you been attending All Saints?
2. In the past few months how have you been interacting with All Saints?
3. What attracted you to All Saints?
4. What are five words that describe All Saints?
5. How can All Saints improve?
All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch
The Wednesday Lunch!
This is a weekly event! Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch! Why not join next week? (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!) We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!
Weekly Offering to All Saints
You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service. Alternatively, you can donate with PayPal or with any debit or credit card via the All Saints Website on the Donate Page. Please email me if you would like a receipt.
So, whether you are worshipping face-to-face or watching online we will all worship God together and give thanks for all of God’s many blessings!