November Happenings

Worship Planning Team

The worship planning team will meet Wednesday, November 1st at 4:30 pm in the library at church to plan the seasons of Advent and Christmas (B2024).

QC Studio Z

Did you know that QC Studio Z offers Zumba classes in the fellowship hall three times a week? The class schedule is Mondays & Wednesdays 5:45 – 6:45 pm and Saturdays 9:30 – 10:30 am. For more information visit their website:

Wednesday Bible Study

Join Pastor Pokora on Wednesday evenings for Bible Study at 7 pm (via Zoom). The focus will be the lessons for the following Sunday.

E-mail Pastor Pokora ( to request the meeting id and password that is needed to join.

Join Bishop Current for a 5-week Zoom Study!

Now is the Time is a study surrounding the impact of slavery and racism on our church and stresses self- examination and realism around these issues. These five 1.5-hour sessions will include self-study, reading, video lessons, large-group learning, and small-group reflection. Participants will be asked to commit to attending all five sessions. These five sessions will be led by Bishop Amy Current and Marissa Kolander, minister at Gloria Dei, Iowa City.

All are welcome to join this study you don’t need to be in leadership in your congregation or have any background in these topics. Participants should try to attend all five sessions as the curriculum and discussion builds from week to week. Participants in the same household or congregation will be placed in small groups together, sign up with a friend or family!

The study will be on Thursday evenings, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 and Dec. 7 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Use the following link to register for this Zoom study:

Preparation for the Food Pantry & Clothing Closet

You are needed … to help pick-up/load at 8:30 am at River Bend Food Bank on Friday. Volunteers are also needed to help unload and put away the River Bend Food Bank load at All Saints Lutheran Church at 9:30 am on Friday, November 3rd.

Volunteers are needed throughout the week to prepare the clothing closet and food pantry as well.

Food Pantry & Clothing Closet Open on Saturdays

The Food Pantry & Clothing Closet are open every Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm, even holiday weekends. Several volunteers are needed while the food pantry and clothing closet are open to the public. The food pantry & clothing closet serve about 125 families each and every week.

Donations are accepted on Friday mornings from 9 am – 12 pm and Saturdays from 9 am – 11 am. If these times don’t work for you, call Bonnie to coordinate.

Day Light Savings Time End

The time has come that the clocks change! Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 am Sunday, November 5.

If your clock doesn’t change automatically, don’t forget to turn your clock back one hour.

Fall Breakfast

The Proclamation Ministry Team, Pat Howell, Laura McCreery, Ellen Bloomingdale, and Anne Holtan will be hosting a fall breakfast on All Saints Sunday, Nov. 5th from 8:30 to 9:30 am in the gathering space. It is our hope that the additional fellowship time will give us more opportunity to share stories of our loved ones who have gone before us.

The menu will be egg bakes, pastries, fruit, and beverages.   

We hope to see you there.

Proclamation Ministry Team

Sunday School (Children’s and Adult)

Children’s Sunday school meets weekly at 9:00 am in the library except for November 5th and November 26th.

If you would like to help teach the Sunday school lesson and/or help with the activity/service project, contact the Proclamation Ministry Team (Amanda and Marilyn) or sign up on the clipboard located on the kiosk in the gathering space.

Adult Sunday school will meet every Sunday at 9 am. Pastor will delve into the scriptures for the day except for November 5th and November 26th.

Sunday Worship Information for November 5th

All are welcome to join us for contemporary worship and fellowship time at All Saints Lutheran Church at 10 am!

We will celebrate All Saints Sunday during worship. We will have a remembrance service where we will honor those who have gone before us by reading their name and lighting a candle in their honor.

The sign-up sheet is hanging on the kiosk in the gathering space.

Introduction for All Saints Sunday

All Saints celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. As November heralds the dying of the landscape in many northern regions, the readings and liturgy call us to remember all who have died in Christ and whose baptism is complete. At the Lord’s table we gather with the faithful of every time and place, trusting that the promises of God will be fulfilled and that all tears will be wiped away in the new Jerusalem.

Scripture (two (2) read Sunday morning)

Revelation 7:9-17 The multitudes of heaven worship the Lamb

Psalm 34:1-10, 22 Fear the Lord, you saints of the Lord; for those who fear the Lord lack nothing. (Ps. 34:9)

1 John 3:1-3 We are God’s children

Matthew 5:1-12 Blessed are the poor in spirit

Theme & Write Up for the Season of Pentecost Autumn/November

written by Matt Reece, Director of Music Ministries

Open our hearts, Open our eyes, Open our hands

As we approach the end of the Pentecost season, our worship theme is “Open our hearts, Open our eyes, Open our hands.” This theme will guide us in a journey of spiritual growth and interconnectedness. Rooted in the teachings of Christ and the imagery of the vineyard, we will explore the transformative power of opening ourselves to God and others, fostering spiritual relationships characterized by understanding, forgiveness, and compassion.

Through our worship, we will reflect on the metaphor of the vineyard, understanding ourselves as branches of the same vine tended by God. This imagery will remind us of our interconnectedness and shared dependence on God’s love and grace. As we open our hearts, we will cultivate a disposition of humility and non-judgment, recognizing that every individual is a unique creation of God. By opening our eyes, we will seek to perceive the world with Christ-like compassion, acknowledging the struggles and joys of those around us. As we open our hands, we will embrace the transformative power of forgiveness and extend kindness to others, nurturing the spiritual relationships that bind us in the shared journey of faith. In this season, we will strive to embody Christ’s teachings by becoming vessels of His love and grace, fostering unity and renewal within our faith community and beyond.

By embodying these principles, we will actively participate in the flourishing of God’s Kingdom here on Earth, creating an environment of love, compassion, and grace that extends far beyond the boundaries of our congregation.


Fit4Mom holds an exercise class from 5:30 – 6:30 pm Tuesday evenings in the fellowship hall. For more information visit their website:

West Music Company – Music Therapy

Sound Reach, a vocal music-making opportunity for groups or individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities will rehearse on Tuesdays from 5:45 – 6:30 pm. They will use the sanctuary for a weekly rehearsal through November 2023. Their Fall Concert will be Tuesday, November 28th. All are welcome to attend. For more information visit their website:

Council Meeting

The council will meet Tuesday, November 14th at 6 pm in the library at church.

Thanksgiving Worship

Thanksgiving worship will be on Tuesday, November 21st. Look in future publications for more details.