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We have a make-up date for portraits for the Church Directory.  It is Monday, November 30th from 2PM to 9PM.  Portraits should still arrive in time for Christmas.  
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Thanksgiving Upgrade

We have a tradition in our family that when we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner we go around the table and share what we are each thankful for. I finally got tired of eating cold mashed potatoes, so in recent years I’ve advocated for sharing our gratitude while we eat instead of before. It’s a ritual I look forward to each year as Thanksgiving approaches, especially now that we’ve learned to eat and be thankful at the same time.

Yes, I am thankful for family and friends and health, and for a roof over my head and a car that usually gets me where I need go, and for gravy and turkey and stuffing (or is it dressing?) and cranberry sauce.  Not so much for the pumpkin pie, but that’s okay, apparently someone enjoys it.

The longer I walk with Christ, however, I find that my Thanksgiving focus is shifting. Through the Scriptures and the gentle tug of the Holy Spirit, I’m gaining a deeper appreciation for just how fleeting and fragile all this is. At the same time, I’m gaining a greater understanding of how solid and eternal my blessings in Christ truly are. Blessings such as my identity, purpose and future in Christ are unshakable. Like the old timers said, “The world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.” Or in the words of the great apostle: “What can separate us from the love of Christ?” Nothing! Now THAT is cause for thanksgiving!

As we give thanks this week, let’s not forget those fleeting joys that have made this past year more comfortable and pleasurable. Every good gift is from the hand of our gracious Father, and we are grateful. At the same time, perhaps a Thanksgiving upgrade is in order, too. Let’s lift our gaze above the sweet potato casserole, and even above the faces of precious loved-ones who may share our table, and look into the face of the One who loves us with an endless love and who holds our forever firmly in His unwavering hand.

Pastor Don

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