Sunday, November 11 was the twenty-third Sunday after trinity. It was also our annual harvest festival when we bring contributions of food and supplies for the Ozarks Food Harvest. The women of the altar guild had the church decorated in beautiful autumn colors and altar and vestment colors were dark green and gold used only at this time of year.
Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the epistle for the day, Philippians 3:17, in which St. Paul tells his readers to follow him in faith and not be led by others who only live for themselves and he discusses the responsibilities of Christian life.
After the service we enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner followed by a vestry meeting at which we discussed the new Christmas Nativity scene being constructed for us by Eric Fancher as well as the usual financial report.
The Connell brothers participated in Veterans Day activities. Chandler marched in uniform with a group from the air and military museum in the Veterans Day Parade in Springfield and Lincoln took part in the program at Norwood High School. I was not able to attend because my sister Marilyn and I were in Springfield for the memoral service at the Veterans Cemetery for Modean Atteberry, widow of our cousin, John Atteberry.