Well, it’s beginning to look (and feel) like November is arriving. With it comes the beginning of the holiday season. The hot, dry, wet summer is far behind as we look forward to time spent with family and friends, as well as the end of one year and the beginning of a new year. Yes, November is the time we set aside to remember and give thanks… thanks to family and friends, but most importantly, thanks to God for His bounteous blessings.
The Apostle Paul knew about thanks. Listen to his words found in Philippians… “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
As we celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family it is easy to forget all that God has done in our lives as a community of faith and within our own families. We can focus on what is not going well in our lives and forget how God continually blesses each and every one of us. It is easy to get discouraged, disheartened and disappointed. Like you, I can take my eyes of the source of all life – Jesus Christ.
When we take the focus off Jesus then we are more likely to forget all that God is doing, day in and day out, seen and unseen. Keeping our eyes on Jesus is the same as trusting Him. For in both trusting and living in a state of thankfulness we have hope. Trust will prevent us from worrying and obsessing, and thankfulness keeps us from criticizing and complaining. This thanksgiving take some time to reflect on Paul’s message to the church at Philippi in Philippians, and call on the name of Jesus to remind you of His presence.
“Always be joyful, never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.
Have a holy, happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
In His Service,
Pastor Gary Ginter
Wednesday Nov. 2 – Morning Adult Bible Study at 10:00 am
Wednesday Nov. 2 – Youth supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday Nov. 2 – Kingsley Kids and Kingsley Youth meet at 6:30 pm
Wednesday Nov. 2 – Adult Bible study at 6:30 pm
Thursday Nov. 3 – Westwood Car Wash Can Food Drive from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday Nov. 6 – First Sunday of the Month Breakfast at 9:00 am
Sunday Nov. 6 – Mission Sunday featuring Rev. Roger Reece, Associated Churches of Ft. Wayne
Tuesday Nov. 8 – Election Day – “Get out and Vote!”
Wednesday Nov. 9 – Morning Adult Bible study at 10:00 am
Wednesday Nov. 9 – Youth supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday Nov. 9 – Kingsley Kids and Kingsley Youth meet at 6:30 pm
Wednesday Nov. 9 – Adult Bible study at 6:30 pm
Sunday Nov. 13 – Annual Charge Conference at 3:00 pm with District Supt. Rev. Barry Burns
Wednesday Nov. 16 – Morning Adult Bible study at 10:00 am
Wednesday Nov. 16 – Youth supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday Nov. 16 – Kingsley Kids and Kingsley Youth meet at 6:30 pm
Wednesday Nov. 16 – Adult Bible study meets at 6:30 pm
Friday Nov. 18 – Bread & Bowl at Van Wert First at 6:00 pm
Sunday Nov. 20 – UMCOR Offering taken during morning worship
Sunday Nov. 20 – Puppets during morning worship
Sunday Nov. 20 – Movie Night at 6:00 pm, showing “God’s Not Dead 2”
Wednesday Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:00 pm with Communion
Saturday Nov. 26 – Hanging of the Greens – Decorate church for Christmas at 9:00 am
Sunday Nov. 27 – First Sunday of Advent
Wednesday Nov. 30 – Morning Adult Bible study at 10:00 am
Wednesday Nov. 30 – Youth supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday Nov. 30 – Kingsley Kids and Kingsley Youth meet at 6:30 pm
Wednesday Nov. 30 – Adult Bible study meets at 6:30 pm
** Pastor Gary has church office hours every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm