October 6 is a joyous celebration of the global family of faith. Called "World Communion Sunday," our church joins other Christians in this country and around the world in celebrating the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. Let's make every effort to bring all members of our congregation together that Sunday as we give witness to a faith that knows no boundaries of nation, race, economic status, or doctrine.
The month ends with the observance of Reformation Sunday on October 27. This date marks the anniversary of Luther's Protestant affirmations posted 011 the castle door in Wittenburg, Germany. Several major branches of Christianity stern from the work of Luther, Calvin, and other Reformers-the Lutherans, the Anglicans or Episcopalians, and the Presbyterians. Other denomination evolved from other spiritual leaders during this period and in later years.
The Presbyterian Planning Calendar lifts up several other concerns that are worthy of contemplation and Christian action. On October 23, we are called to address a very timely concern, domestic violence. This issue receives prominent coverage in television reporting and also in our newspapers, but this issue is often concealed behind a wall of silence. Victims of domestic violence need legal protection and also a refuge where they can live in safety.
World Food Day is October 16. We are told that one is seven persons is undernourished, and that 900 million people in the world are hungry. Those who understand our global economy and agricultural methods tell us that we have the capacity to feed the world ifwe are serious about meeting this need. We can do our part here at Summerville with contributions to the food pantry and the Two Cents a Meal Offering. 1 would also commend the North Carolina Food Bank as worthy ofyour support.
United Nations Day is observed on October 24. The U. N. is perhaps best known for its peace keeping efforts, but there are other important concerns addressed by this international body: extreme hunger and poverty, universal primary education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, and a host of deadly diseases.
I hope many of you will join us for our work day on Saturday, October 26. You can provide refreshments, if the work is a little too rigorous. Blessings to All!