Celebrations often demand guest lists. Birthday parties, baby showers, weddings, etc., are usually shaped by a guest list. Our church will be hosting two celebrations on October 29 and November 5. You are obviously on the ‘invitation list’ and so are a couple of special guests.

On Sunday, October 29, we will celebrate Reformation Sunday. While this Sunday is part of the protestant liturgical calendar each year, this year is special. This is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses being tacked to the church door at Wittenberg. It is the birthday of Protestantism. Dr. Bill Leonard, friend of this church and noted Baptist historian, will be our proclaimer on Reformation Sunday. Dr. Leonard currently serves as the Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He is the author of numerous books and articles – his most recent is Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Church History: Flaming Heretics and Heavy Drinkers. His keen insights and incredible sense of humor make him a favorite in both classroom and congregation.

On Sunday, November 5, we will celebrate All Saints Day. In addition to your presence and the presence of those who have lost loved ones over the past year, we will also welcome Deanna Witkowski to our time of worship. Deanna is a New York-based jazz pianist/ composer/arranger, winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano competition, who has released six critically acclaimed albums over the last two decades. Recently, she has received numerous awards for her work in sacred music and has become a frequent presenter in the area of jazz and spirituality. Her particular feel for jazz and the liturgical life of the church will add much to our celebration of All Saints Day.

Special days often include invitations to special guests. Make sure that you, your family and your friends are present on these special days with these special people.

— Jim