Churches Offer Gifts to the Community 

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s 16th annual Hymn Festival will

This Sunday, two Gilroy churches are offering their annual gifts
to the South County community.
 One might save your life; the other might inspire your
spirit.
This Sunday, two Gilroy churches are offering their annual gifts to the South County community. One might save your life; the other might inspire your spirit.

In the morning, Gilroy Presbyterian Church Health Ministries invites local residents to its eighth annual Health Faire from 9:45am to 12:45pm. The faire will be held in the GPC fellowship Hall, 6000 Miller Ave.

Just in time for the start of this year’s cold and flu season, a wide variety of resources will be available free of charge, such as:

• glucose testing, blood pressure checks, respiratory testing, vision screening, hearing tests, massage treatments and glaucoma testing.

• information on physical therapy treatments, vision impairment, children’s health, telephone aids, healthy foods, Meals on Wheels, oxygen concentration, senior care and more.

A breakfast will be served for only $5 per adult and $3 per child.

The faire, open to the public, is just one aspect of the church’s innovative Health Ministries program, which provides medical information and support to both parishioners and other community members.

Activities include visiting shut-ins to check basic health indicators, learning about disease prevention and participating in safety classes.

At 10:30am Nov. 6, Health Ministries will sponsor a workshop presented by local attorney Ken McDonald, who will explain advance health care directives and assist in completing the necessary legal forms.

There is no charge to attend, but reservations are necessary and can be made by calling (408) 842-9110

At 3pm Oct. 30, Gilroy’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1735 Heckler Pass Highway, will present its 16th annual Hymn Festival.

The Rev. Ronald Koch, the church’s pastor and a talented musician, explains: “Hymn festivals are an old Lutheran tradition.

They aren’t performances for an audience; they are an opportunity for the parish’s choirs and other musicians to lead and encourage those gathered to participate in a musical experience which will lift the human spirit.”

Church musician Zita Weyland will be at the keyboard of the  recently enhanced Llaukhuff organ.  In addition, there will be performances by the adult, children’s and handbell choirs.

The majority of the world’s Christians worship in accordance with a liturgical calendar that is divided into different seasons. Each season focuses on an aspect of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. This year’s festival takes as its theme “The Church Year,” with representative prayers and hymns chosen from each season.

Pastor Koch calls the selection “the Classics of Hymnody,” but he admits they “may not be the ones you’d make. 

Perhaps these hymns will stir your memories – and if not memories, your creative thinking – about what hymns you would choose to sing your way through the Church Year, through the life of Jesus.”

Among the featured music is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (Advent), “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” (Christmas), “O Morning Star How Fair and Bright” (Epiphany), “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” (Lent), “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” (Easter), and “Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire” (Pentecost).

There is no admission charge for this inspirational event, but an offering will be taken to support disaster relief.

Free childcare will be available, and a reception with refreshments will immediately follow. For more information, call (408) 842-2713.

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