November 01, 2019
DIVINE SERVICE: Mr. Cecil David will be the speaker this Sabbath, November 2. 
VESPERS SERVICE: Mrs. Lovella Fernando will be the speaker this Friday, November 1. Vespers begins at 7:30 p.m.
HERNDON CHURCH: Mr. Bernhard Samuel will be the speaker this Sabbath, November 2.
REGRET TO ANNOUNCE the passing away of Mrs. Ruth Thomas, one of our members. Funeral Service will be held this Sunday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m. in our church. Viewing will be from 9 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Interment will be at George Washington Cemetery. Please join the family for repast in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep the family in your prayers. 
COLLEGIATE OUTDOOR SABBATH is this Sabbath, November 2. All collegiate members, please join us for worship at Patapsco Valley State Park, 5120 South Street, Halethorpe, MD 21227. Church Van will leave from the church parking lot at 9:00 a.m. For more details, please contact Hoosh Karimabadi at
301-706-8285 or Philip Stanley at 240-361-8052.
YOUTH GAME NIGHT will be on Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. 
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING PUBLICATION ADVERTISEMENT: If you would like to advertise your business/services in our annual thanksgiving publication, please contact the church office at 301-879-7222 or 
ISRAEL AND EGYPT TOUR 2020: The tour dates are March 17-30, 2020.
We have a few more seats available. If interested, please contact the church office. 
Adventurer Club Induction: November 9
Pathfinder Club Induction: November 16
Annual Thanksgiving Service and Dinner: November 24
For me it is Diwali here, a five-day festival, schools are closed and so are some offices and banks. A festival for which people prepare by cleaning, undertake renovations and decorating their homes and businesses. The places are brilliantly illuminated and people wear the finest clothes, light oil lamps, prepare the finest sweets for family feasts and worship the goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. As I was growing up, all these and the meaning did not matter. All I knew was it was a time to burst crackers all night long and I enjoyed it so very much. No one in town could sleep. On this trip, I looked forward to such a celebration all night long but was pleasantly surprised only to hear spurts of sounds now and then at nights. Instead it has become a time when families and friend go on vacation, and party in hotels. A great and meaningful festival to ward off evil that symbolizes victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. To all of you, it is Halloween. Again, a time to ward off evil, but most people dress up like the evil one, go trick or treating, and collect candies. A fun time indeed. But its meaning has certainly changed over the years. Instituted by Gregory III by designating November 1 as a time to honor all the saints, the eve before was known as “All Hallows Eve.” It seems like we are honoring the evil one. Whatever the festivities, may we remain faithful and grateful to the God who took human form and lifted us from darkness to the true light and may we, in some small measure, reflect that light in our life and way of living.
Shalom, Shalom!
Franklin G. David
“See the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable.”