Thanksgiving is usually a quiet time in our household. Often one or the other of us has to work, so we don’t get a chance to travel to see family. We don’t make a big meal for the two of us.
That doesn’t mean, however, that I’m not thankful. I have a lot to be grateful for. This moderatorial year, I am especially thankful for:
- All the members of this congregation, who support its mission with their prayers and talents.
- Our new members, who bring different perspectives and experiences.
- Our veteran members, who help us remember who we have been.
- Our young people, who ask spectacular questions and care for each other deeply.
- Our charter members, who literally laid the foundation a century ago.
- The cabinet members, committee chairs, trustees, and all the other leaders, who have offered their precious time to help shape our common work.
- Our finance team, who keep a careful eye on our income and expense, to make sure we can carry out our mission.
- Our centennial committee, who are connecting us with our story.
- Our strategic planning group, who are connecting us with our future.
- Our coffee hour hosts, who feed our community.
- Ellen, our Pastor, who preaches with conviction, leads with creativity, and cares with compassion.
- Our choir, who embody God’s praise on a weekly basis.
- Dorothy, William, LaTia, Harold, and Dan, our music staff, who bring their talents and passions to our worship.
- Meg, our Church Administrator, whose patience and creativity makes the whole thing run smoothly.
- Aaron, our Sexton, who comes and goes in the night to keep the place looking great.
- Our building and grounds committee and volunteers, who know and love this old building and its gardens.
- Our Sunday school teachers and youth leaders, who connect an ancient message and the contemporary world for our energetic young people.
- Our deacons, who make our weekly worship services happen.
- And everyone else I have forgotten. (Sorry)
My gratitude to all of you. Happy Thanksgiving.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
A Note on Sunday School—There will not be Sunday School this Sunday, 11/26; the nursery will be open and children, as always, are welcome in worship. Sunday School will resume next Sunday, 12/3.
Stewardship Campaign—We hope you have made your 2018 pledge! If not, please help our lay leaders by sending in your pledge card by this Sunday. As the pledge mailing indicated, our 2018 budget calls for an 8% increase in pledge income, both to maintain the quality of our programming and to address the increasing number of repairs to our historic building. Thank You!
Winter Warmth Drive for Friendship Place, thru 11/26—We’re collecting gently used winter coats, gloves, scarves, socks, hats, and blankets (along with new long underwear, L-XXL sizes preferred) now thru next Sunday, 11/26.
Secret Santas for Shaw Community Center, thru 12/1—Gift request tags will be in the parlor this Sunday. Please take a tag, sign the sheet (so Ashley knows whom to contact) and bring your wrapped gift (with request tag attached) to church by Sunday, 12/10. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advent Retreat, 12/9—We’ll meet from 9:30 am to 1 pm for this annual respite from holiday madness. Join Pastor Ellen for a morning of poetry, prayer, silence and spiritual reflection. RSVP: email@example.com.
Christmas Pageant, 12/17—Our regular Sunday morning worship service will include the annual Nativity Pageant. All children and youth are invited to participate. This is a service for all ages to enjoy! Note: if your child(ren) will be participating, please email Mirabelle so she can begin assigning roles: firstname.lastname@example.org