Sunday, November 7th at 4 p.m.

Join us for our special Service of Remembrance and Celebration honoring the Saints and comforting the bereaved on Sunday, November 7th at 4 p.m. Share the names of loved ones you have lost (or anyone mourning a loss) to be prayed for by name during the service. Our Sanctuary Choir will offer appropriate anthems, solos, and ensembles, alternated with scripture and hymns meant to accompany God’s healing grace. We end in a Celebration of Life, as Gaines Brake’s quartet, The Red Mountain Jazz Collective, leads the congregation in a “second line” (New Orleans style!) into Warner Hall for a festive reception. Ask anyone who has attended before – you do not want to miss this one-of-a-kind service.


“Oh when the Saints, oh when the Saints, oh when the Saints come marching
In, oh Lord I want to be in that number, when the Saints come marching in.”

Who are your saints? Today is a day to ponder the non-material legacies they left you.

For many of my generation, our parents and grandparents are our saints.

Having survived the Great Depression and World War II, they made it possible for we “Boomers” to succeed and thrive from the 1940’s through the 1970’s. What legacies have
their lives left you?

My father, an elder in our Presbyterian church, took a very unpopular stand regarding the welcoming of African American members to our congregation. Similarly, my mother, who was honored for her decades of leadership in civic and cultural organizations, pressed for the admission of our Jewish citizens to her volunteer and social groups. Both parents were active through their 70’s in volunteer and church organizations - from teaching Sunday school, driving the elderly to their medical appointments, establishing the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Clinic, saving the old Louisiana State Capitol, and winning major new Tax support to build a beautiful Parish Library on prime real estate.

How will you actively honor your saints today?
CONNECT with like-minded members of our church, city and county.
GROW - listen and learn where needs are being unmet.
SERVE - make time in your life to lead and work for the projects that make our church, city, the state of Alabama , and the world beyond a more caring and Christian place.

Leslie Johnson Miller
November, 2021