We-Mail from Pastor Mark
Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you feel grateful for the many blessings God has provided this year. I know some of us have struggled with health concerns and work environment precautions because of the COVID19 virus. I am grateful for a loving and devoted congregation that has given generously. Our attendance has been consistent at both services yet there is room for more. I encourage all of us to maintain our spiritual practices of daily scripture reading, praying individually and corporately, attending worship, giving generously, serving with our talents, and witnessing our faith in the community.
Last Sunday we prepared the lobby and CLC for Advent. Our family Christmas tree and Chrismon tree are prominently displayed. I encourage you to bring an ornament from your family to add to the family tree. Every year it becomes more like home and beautiful. The CLC is warm and welcoming with just enough to remind us of the season before us. I hope you find it lovely and inspiring.
Keep an eye out for our special coming activities. The UMW has a holiday bizarre planned Saturday, December 19th 9-noon. The Men’s group have a special breakfast that morning in the café with food from Bob Evans. Wives are encouraged to attend as well.
The children and family double feature is Saturday, December 4th from 9-noon with How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Muppet Christmas Carol. It’ll be fun!
Our Adopt a Family Christmas tree will be up with tags for the shoppers among us. Keep an eye out for that special ministry of giving to those less able to help them have a happy holiday at Christmas. Last Friday they supported 20 families in the WSD who needed turkeys for their Thanksgiving dinner. What a joy to think of those families sitting down to a delicious Thanksgiving feast.
Lastly, our bell choir the Rolling Tones has a concert planned for Sunday, December 12th at 3 p.m. that promises to lift our spirits high with Christmas cheer and wonderful music.
It is a season of hope, peace, love, and joy as we prepare for the birth of Christ. May your Thanksgiving holiday be filled with grateful hearts and joy for God’s many blessings. Pastor Mark
If you are looking for a Thanksgiving blessing consider the following:
Psalm 100 A Psalm of thanksgiving
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
A hymn of Thanksgiving: We Gather Together p131 in our red hymnal
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; He chastens and hastens his will to make known. The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing. Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own. Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine; So from the beginning the fight we were winning; Thou, Lord, wast at our side, all glory be thine. We all do extol thee, thou leaser triumphant, And pray that thou still our defender wilt be. Let thy congregation escape tribulation; Thy name be ever praised? O Lord, make us free.