Light Up the Night!!
Pastor Shane Heldman
Soon, in a few days, the evening will grow dark, just as it does every evening. But on October 31st, the night we call Halloween, many forces will be at work. But the battle that we will be waging, I assure you, will not be against flesh and blood. The forces of good and evil wage war everyday within our hearts, for both the saint and the unbeliever.
But as I began to follow the thread of history of this night that we now call Halloween, there are some common aspects of the way this night traditionally was celebrated. And though there were attempts to change the focus for believers, even the Christians became entrenched in its origin. Even now, thousands of years later, we are facing that same snare.
We will hold the Harvest Festival, an ALTERNATIVE to Halloween, so that our families and our community will have a safe place, where kids can have fun. But we must come in the opposite spirit of Halloween! We must join the forces, and together in Christ, we can stamp out the darkness.
We need the saints to pray! This is a call to intercede, and to lift up our community to the heavens. Christ in us! It’s the only way we will be able to dispel the darkness. Please pray!
A little history on the origin of Halloween:
Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2018 occurs on Wednesday, October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.
Last night as I was recruiting for the remaining areas that still need to be staffed, and as I looked over the list of the many saints who have served faithfully over the years, I was moved by the generous hand of God, who calls the laborers for the Harvest.
2 Corinthians 9:10-13 NIV
 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.  Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
This year we will not be allowing costumes that are offensive, or celebrate death in any way. We will reclaim our vision to provide an alternative to Halloween.
And let’s harvest and celebrate what God is going to do through our Spiritual Emphasis on October 31st!
Love & Appreciate you all,