Where did the month of October go?  I have been on the road for half the month, visiting parents in Maryland and going to Cape May, N.J. for a Victorian Week vacation. Along the way I have been relocating vestments from the surplus inventory, and visiting a church which was re-installing a large stained glass window that had been cleaned and releaded. (Photos to come of this). 

In the sacristy the catalogues have been coming in from church goods companies.  Slabbinck has some nice new designs.  All Saints Sunday is this weekend and a look at the calendar shows Advent is not too far ahead, November 29th.  Already we are digging out our wreath and ordering candles -3 violet and one rose-colored.  How the summer has flown by!  Have you considered an announcement in your church bulletin giving an opportunity for a sponsor for the Advent green wreath and/or candles to be offered as a memorial -or given in honor or in thanksgiving?  Sometimes a ministry within the church likes to undertake the cost for this.  Food for thought.

In some churches this Sunday, icons of saints and photographs of our deceased Loved Ones will be brought into the sanctuary.   Beautiful flowers will grace our altars, and the green hangings of the Season after Pentecost will get a rest.  Please send us a photo of your church on All Saints.