Sunday School 9:00 AM
Social Time 10:00
"This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is
more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be
generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God. Carrying out this social relief work involves far more than helping meet the bare needs of poor Christians. It also produces
abundant and bountiful thanksgivings to God."
1st Corinthians 9:10-12 (The Message Bible)
Even though we should think about it all the time, I believe most of us really concentrate on gratitude in the month of November. We celebrate Thanksgiving Day at the church by
inviting others to come and share in a delicious meal free of charge. The recipients of the meal show their gratitude by thanking all who sacrifice their time and resources to make sure
a wonderful meal is available.
People make preparations to bring food for the ingathering. In addition, they give generously
through monetary gifts. This giving provides an avenue for baskets of food to be available for those who may want to prepare a meal at home for their
family but the expense will devastate their budget. The expression on the face of each
recipient replaces the necessity to communicate their gratitude with words.
This month we will also celebrate Stewardship Sunday on November 26th. God has, as 1
Corinthians 9 reminds us, given to us generously so that we can be generous in every way. Stewardship Sunday is an opportunity for us to invest in ministries which will produce
abundant and bountiful thanksgivings to God.
We are looking forward to an exciting year of ministry together and encourage your prayerful
consideration of how you may participate in Christ's ministry as we grow together to be the hands and heart of Jesus Christ for the world. Please take time to check out the information
on Stewardship Sunday enclosed in this month's Messenger.
As always, the Jesus in me loves the Jesus in you!
2017 November Messenger