On Sunday, Nov. 11, we will include a focus on Veterans Day. Scripture readings will include John 15:13: Greater love has no one than to lay down one’s life for another. Ephesians 6:10-30: Put on the whole armor of God. Joshua 1:1-11: I will be with you (in battle); be strong and courageous.

Veterans Day is an official public holiday on Nov. 11 that honors all who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Unlike Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May and pays tribute to those who have died serving their country, Veterans Day pays tribute to all veterans, living or dead, who have served the USA honorably during war or peacetime.

Veterans Day developed from “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, as the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for the annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday in 1938. In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower officially changed the name to Veterans Day. In 1968, Congress moved the observance to the fourth Monday in October as of 1971, but in 1975, President Gerald Ford changed the date back to Nov. 11 because of the historical significance of the end of World War I.

In addition, folks are looking forward to hearing from George and June Reilly, who recently visited Italy, Greece and Israel to see sites where the Apostle Paul had ministered.

The First Congregational Church of North Hyde Park worship service is at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Everyone is welcome.

— Pastor Jim Bound

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