November Happenings

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 Thursday, November 9th (River Bend Food Bank is closed on Friday, November 10th to observe Veterans Day).

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.

Sunday School (Children’s and Adult)

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

Sunday Worship Information

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

Introduction for Sunday, November 12th

On Sunday, the prophet Amos calls for justice to roll down like waters. Paul urges us to encourage one another with the promised coming of the Lord. Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Surrounded by the faithful of every time and place, we celebrate Christ’s coming in our midst in the word of life and the feast of victory—the marriage feast of the lamb.

Scripture (two (2) read Sunday morning)

Amos 5:18-24 Let justice roll down like waters

Psalm 70 You are my helper and my deliverer; O Lord, do not tarry. (Ps. 70:5)

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 The promise of the resurrection

Matthew 25:1-13 The story of the wise and foolish bridesmaids

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 Gathering/Fellowship

There will be a Thanksgiving Fellowship Time following worship on Sunday, November 19th in the gathering space. This gathering will include scripture, prayer, and a thanksgiving story followed by fellowship and pie.

This gathering will be in place of a separate Thanksgiving Worship during the week of Thanksgiving (previously published for Nov. 21).

Decorating for the holidays

Do you like to decorate for the holidays? If so, you are needed at church on Sunday, November 26th! Plan on bringing your own lunch and staying to help after worship to decorate the gathering space and sanctuary for the Advent & Christmas seasons. This is a great way to fellowship with others while volunteering your time and talents.