The greatest gift I ever had Came from God; I call him Dad!
Please take note of the sign-up sheet on the kiosk stand. We are starting a new round of small groups. We will be using a new book from John Herman’s series “Going Deeper: A Journey with Jesus”. The sign-up sheet is divided between weekday, weeknight and weekend. You can list your name under your preference and then check back to see who else signed up in the same spot. You can then put your own group together and pick days and times. We hope to get this rolling by the middle of the month.
And remember, you can always bring in Lots o' Pots!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus for you."
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Dearly Beloved, Dearly Redeemed Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
While recuperating from my recent surgery, I've had the pleasure of re-reading one of my favorite series of books, about an Episcopalian priest and his life in Mitford, NC. The thirteen volumes are filled with wisdom and insights about life and love, redemption and second chances, all through the eyes of Father Tim, the beloved priest of Mitford. These books feed my soul and always give me something to be grateful for and to think about. In one of the last books in this series, I came upon the following Bible passage: "Blessed the be Lord, who daily loads us with benefits. . .who daily carries us in his arms." (Psalm 68:19)
After reading this, I began to wonder how often we really stop and think about the daily blessings we receive. How often do we really think about all the gifts, freely given, by our generous and loving God?
If we believe the ads about beauty and what's important to live a good, fulfilling life, most of us are in a deficit. If we listen only to the news, campaign ads and debates, and focus only on the negatives bombarded upon us, we miss the many ways we are blessed each moment of each day. If we focus only on prayers we pray that God has answered with a "Not Yet", we may think God isn't listening or has abandoned us. If we focus only on how much more someone else has, we aren't grateful for the things we continue to have and to receive. And we lose sight of God's activity in our lives. We miss the details of God's boundless grace, God's unconditional love and lose sight of God's power to use us to heal the brokenness in our world. This is God's will for God's people and for God's world.
A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children's lives all over the world in Jesus' Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child. Once again we will be filling shoe boxes- plastic or cardboard with small gifts to send to a boy or girl overseas. There are direction sheets and boxes available from Linda McHugh. Please bring the boxes to church anytime until November 13. Then they will be delivered to the drop off point. Let’s show the children around the world that we care. And this year, there is a special request for boxes for children 10-14 years old.
Thank you to all for the many cards, prayers, phone calls, personal visits and meals provided while I was home recuperating from my recent surgery. And thank you for your warm welcome upon my return on October 23. I ask for your continued prayers as I continue to recuperate, as well as your understanding and patience when I must alter my schedule and work from home. Please know that I am always available by phone and eager to speak with you.
Again, my heartfelt love
and thanks to all.