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All Saints' Day
Revelation 7:9-17 | 1 John 3:1-3 | Matthew 5:1-12

As more people became martyrs for the faith, the days to remember the martyrs grew and it became impossible to remember them all. In order to have a day to remember the martyrs who would otherwise be forgotten, the Church began celebrating All Saints Day. A more recent custom has been commemorating the dead on this day, particularly those who have fallen asleep in Christ since the last All Saints Day. This is a conflation of the old Nov. 2 observance of "All Souls Day," also called the "Commemoration of the Faithful Departed." The German custom was to observe the last Sunday of the church year as a Totenfest (festival commemorating the dead). All of that is conflated into the contemporary customs surrounding All Saints Day, which we generally observe on the first Sunday of November at Immanuel.

Earlier Event: November 4
Adult Scripture Study
Later Event: November 4
Board Meetings