A Sermon for the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome to Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost. This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA. The scripture readings for the day are Amos 5:18-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Matthew 25:1-13.

No-Shave November

My Article for The Gardner News on November 4, 2017

In November of 2013 I participated for the first time in No-Shave November. This is a month-long journey during which participants put aside shaving in order to raise awareness in cancer issues especially men’s hea­lth. I was inspired by a friends story of cancer. It was a story of courage and determination. It was a story that I have not had to experience but I see the effects of cancer over and over, and I knew I had to do something.

So over the course of the month of November I stopped shaving and I raised a few hundred dollars for cancer research.

Since becoming a pastor I have experienced many families who have had loved ones struggle with cancer, members of the churches have died because of cancer and I have had friends whose lives have changed forever because of this awful, deadly disease.

Recently a friend posted a video and he talked about No Shave November and inspired me to again put down my razor and to pick up the fundraising bucket to help those who are fighting this terrible disease.

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