Hello, September!

image of fall leaf with hello September wordsWelcome to September! As the ninth month of the year, September marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere (and the start of spring in the southern). Traditionally considered the month that marks transitions between seasons, it is often one of the most temperate weather-wise.

September has three birth flowers: the forget-me-not, the morning glory, and the aster. Forget-me-nots represent love and memories, asters represent love as well, and the morning glory represents love as well, and the morning glory represents unrequited love. The birthstone for the month is the sapphire.

Liturgical Notes: September falls in the period of the Calendar year which is called Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time and begins on the Monday after Pentecost, the conclusion of the Easter season, and continues until the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent. This period is the longest time in the liturgical year. The name does not mean that nothing happens as this is the time we get to know more about Jesus, his travels and his miracles.

The weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. Several Sundays bear the name of feasts or solemnities celebrated on those days, including Trinity Sunday and the Feast of Christ the King.

The liturgical color normally assigned to Ordinary Time is green.

A Special Sunday we participate in is back to Church Sunday on September 16th. We are encouraging everyone to hand out invitational brochures and invite friends and neighbors and family to come with them on that special date. There are also brochures on the back table.


  • Labor Day is the most well-known holiday in September. It is observed every year on the first Monday in September.
  • Native American Day is always celebrated on the 4th Friday of September.
  • Sept.9th: Grandparent’s Day is observed in the United States on the first Sunday after Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah begins at Sunset.
  • Sept. 11th: Patriot Day to remember 9/11 and Rosh Hashana ends at Sunset.
  • Constitution Day, celebrating the ratification of the governing document of the United States, is observed on the 17th.
  • Sept. 18th : Yom Kippur begins at Sunset and ends at sunset the following day.
  • The autumn equinox, which is the traditional transition from summer into fall, takes place on or around September 22nd, depending on the year.

Fun Days

  • September 5th: National Cheese Pizza Day
  • September 9th: National Teddy Bear Day
  • September 16th: National Play-Doh Day
  • September 19th: International “Talk Like A Pirate Day”

Historical Events

  • September 2, 1666: The Great Fire of London was started, completely destroying the old city located within the ancient Roman Walls. It was believed to have started in a bakery and took three days to put out.
  • September 1, 1715: Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, died at the age of 76, after ruling France since the age of five. He was succeeded by Louis XV and Louis XVI, who was executed during the French Revolution in 1789, thus ending the reign of monarchical rule in France.
  • September 5, 1774: The 1st Continental Congress was called to order. Comprised of delegates from all 13 American colonies, it served as the governing body during the American Revolution, from 1774 to 1789. Two years later, on September 9, it changed the name of the United Colonies to the United States.
  • September 22, 1862: President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery in the territories held by the Confederacy, effective January 1, 1863. In spite of the ruling, the Civil War would not end for another year and a half after that.
  • September 14, 1901: President William McKinley was shot on September 6, 1901 while attending the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition in New York. He passed away eight days later.
  • September 1, 1939: In the early morning hours of this day, Hitler invaded Poland, starting World War II in Europe. Der Führer called the move a “defensive” retaliation against the persecution of Germans in Poland.
  • September 5th, 1961: President John F. Kennedy signed a hijacking bill, making air piracy a federal crime. Punishment ranged from a $10,000 fine to 20 years in prison; if a deadly weapon was used, the perpetrator(s) could receive life in prison or even death.
  • September 8, 1974: President Gerald Ford gave an unconditional pardon to former president Richard M. Nixon, for his role in the infamous “Watergate” fiasco.
  • September 9, 2006: Typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, resulting in 750 fatalities and over $1.09 billion in damages.

Children: One of the things we have discovered is that many parents and grandparents like to have the kids with them during worship to become acquainted with the actual service. To that end, we have coloring pages and books to read on the table in back and, if the children are interested, opportunities to be a part of the service by helping to light the candles and pass the plates during the Offering. Additionally they are invited to lift up names during the time of joys and concerns and we love to have them come and help at the Bean suppers. We also have kid’s packs that we will be happy to email to you to provide more support and ideas for different special days in the month.

Missions Committee: Missions meet the 1st Sunday of the month after church. We support charities for children such as Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s, Camp Sunshine, Child Evangelical Fellowship and Opportunity Farm. Donations are also given to the Salvation Army and area non-profits such as the Brown Memorial Library and The Sacoppee Valley Community Band to assist them in keeping music alive in the schools. Always open for new suggestions for giving.

Bean Suppers: They are held every 3rd. Saturday from May through October, 4:30 PM – 6 PM. Cost is $8.00 for adults and we are handicapped accessible via a ramp on the side of the building. Everyone is welcome, and we are overjoyed when visitors to the area attend and discover the exquisite pleasures of attending a church bean supper. We have a great time meeting people and love putting out the best food in the area.

I am including a recipe for one of the salads that got rave reviews at our last supper:

Broccoli Salad made by Gail Warren

  • 4 cups raw chopped broccoli (1 lg. head yields 4 cups)
  • 1 cup bacon bits ( 4.4 oz. makes 3 salads)
  • ½ c. raisins
  • ½ to 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsps. Vinegar
  • ½ c. sugar or 3 pkts Sweet & Low.
  • ½ c. chopped nuts

Combine last 6 ingredients – stir well. Then add broccoli and toss until mixed.