the 40 Days of Prayer, we had a Thanksgiving Tree in the Prayer
Room. The idea for that came from a quote in Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts. As
we transition into November, a month designed to lead us to a place
of gratitude and Thanksgiving, let us think about what that really
means. Ann writes,
practice of giving thanks … eucharisteo … this is the way
we practice the presence of God, stay present to His presence, and
it is always a practice of the eyes. We don’t have to change what
we see. Only the way we see. Thanksgiving–giving thanks in
everything–prepares the way that God might show us His fullest salvation
in Christ …. Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God …. The
art of deep seeing makes gratitude possible, makes joy possible ….
Joy is God’s life. We only enter into the full life if our faith
gives thanks. Because how else do we accept His free gift of
salvation if not with thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is the evidence of
our acceptance of whatever He gives. Thanksgiving is the
manifestation of our Yes! to His grace. Thanksgiving creates
abundance. Jesus embraced His not enough, for he
was fully man… He gives thanks … and there is more than enough, for
he was fully God: El Shaddai, more than
enough. Eucharisteo always precedes the miracle. And who
doesn’t need a miracle like that everyday? Thanksgiving makes time.
The real problem of life is never a lack of time. The real problem
of life – in my life – is lack of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving
creates abundance; and the miracle of multiplying happens when I
give thanks … it’s giving thanks to God for this moment that
multiplies the moments, time made enough. I am thank-full. I am
time-full. Eucharisteo, remembering with thanks, this is the bread.
We take the moments as bread and give thanks and the thanks itself
becomes bread. The thanks itself nourishes. Thanks feeds our trust
…. Manna with thanks, eat the mystery of the moment with trust, and
I am nourished another day – or refuse it … and die. Jesus calls us
to surrender and there’s nothing like releasing fears and falling
into peace. This is what I have always wanted and never knew: this
utter trust, this enlivening fall of surrender into the safe hands.
There is no joy without trust! Gratitude is the most fruitful
way of deepening your consciousness that you are a divine
choice.“Here you can enact eucharisteo; here you can become a
current in a river of grace that redeems the world! Here I can
become the blessing, a little life that multiplies joy, making the
larger world a better place.”
Here are events coming up in the month of
Ladies, keep reading Murder on the Orient
Express and plan to join for our Fall Book Club. You
should begin reading the book now, then we will meet on Nov 15 at 7
pm at the Ferris's house to discuss the book. Click on the picture
above to buy the book from Amazon.
groups ended in October for the Fall Semester, although a few of
them will continue to meet. We will relaunch Faith Groups in
January. You can begin signing up in early January and they will
begin meeting on the Jan 20.
other year Pastor Richard teaches a 4-Sunday Baptism Class for kids
ages 8-12. The class uses a comic-style workbook to help kids
understand what baptism is, why we do it and whether now is the
right time (with the help of mom and dad). The class will run
January 6 through 27 and those who are ready will be baptized on
February 10 during worship.
Sunday School begins November 4 at 9:30am. Make sure your kids
don’t miss it!
Youth group is now running in
full swing, each week we have anywhere from 20 - 45 students.
Sunday School will be starting again at 9:30 in the Community
Center beginning this Sunday, November 4th. The first week the
youth directors will be providing a little breakfast during the
Sunday School hour as a way to introduce the new time.
Notable dates for the future:
- November 2, 9, 16, 30: Youth Group (7:30-9:00)
- November 23: No Youth Group (Happy Thanksgiving!)
- December 14: Progressive Dinner (more information to follow
in the youth newsletter)
- June 30 - July 5, 2019: SHACC (more information to follow in
the youth newsletter)
This past week the rain altered out plans. Instead of taking a
trip to Lancaster for the Corn Maze we took a trip to Malvern
and played Laser Tag and in the arcade at Grand Slam USA. Below
is a few pictures of students and leaders with their tickets
and picking out their prizes.
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What is Your Mission?
We are going to begin featuring videos from our
volunteers and ministry leaders asking them why they do what they
do. This month, Linda shares with us in this video, why she is
passionate about working with kids through our FaithKids Worship
fruit of 40 days of prayer in our possession we’ll resume our fall
schedule. Adult Bible Fellowship begins at 9:30am, November 4 in
Room C. Jon Foreacre, Eric Madison and Brant Vogel will be
teaching a 6-Sunday class called “Welcome Home.” We’ll examine ways
to become more friendly as a church and as a church member. What is
our posture and attitude really
saying to others? How might we think
we’re being friendly but communicating the opposite? What do we
need to do when we meet a guest at church to help them feel they’re
welcome and wanted by us and by God?
The Women’s Bible Class will begin November 11 at 9:30am. Fredda
Ferris will lead a study on the book of Micah. All women are
invited to attend.
Kids and Youth Sunday School begins November 4 at 9:30am. Make sure
your kids don’t miss it!
Pioneer Girls will be hosting their Pal-Gal
Operation Christmas Child shoe box packing party on November 14 at
7:00 in the gym.
looking for a women’s bible study and can’t join us Wednesday
mornings? Come out Sunday, Nov. 11 at 9:30 am to learn more about
our Sunday morning Women’s Bible Study. If you’ve got kids, this is
a great way to dig deeper into the Word while they attend age-based
Sunday School and do the same!
Faith Community Center (Gym)
Drop-off location for OCC.
Mon, Nov. 12: 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 13: 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 14: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 15: 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 16: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 17: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 18: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 19: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sign up to serve here.
a local family donates a large amount of Thanksgiving turkeys to
the Network. I wanted to share their heart of Thankfulness:
"My husband and I have been donating this amount of
Turkeys for over 20 years. It began with an elementary school drive
and I noticed how few turkeys were donated. I always like the
concept of the turkeys because each one felt like it fed a family. We areextremely grateful for
our gifts of family, shelter, food and all the basics necessities
of life. It’s
a good reminder at this time of year that every one of us should
care for our neighbors. We are truly cheerful
givers while we are able to do the turkeys."
Women's Weekly Bible Study will end on November 7 and then will
begin again on January 16, with a study on the Apostle Paul.