Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
If you’ve made big sacrifices, you know what I’m talking about. Every time I’ve received abundant blessings, it’s after I’ve focused on doing what is right and good. I’ve made the sacrifice, now l pray that God sends that blessing forward. Sometimes sing praise because my efforts became grace for another, but my favorite praise is about how blessings are falling into place to create one big celebration of thanks!
Interpretations on the meaning of the Thanksgiving Holiday can be historic, food based or praise driven. I choose to interpret our Thanks Giving as praise to God for sending friends and food and personal accomplishments. We have a cornucopia of blessings! And more than enough to share.
We are in our third week of the Stewardship Series, Live Simply. The music this week is both familiar and powerful. It lures us closer to the Thanksgiving Holiday and reminds us of how important our faith is to us. In one week, at the Annual Stewardship Dinner we turn in our pledge cards and estimate our budget for 2018. Prayerfully consider what you can add to our ministry.
Last Sunday we handed out Ministry Worksheets. This self-review can be your way of saying “don’t forget to include me when you do this.” It’s also the first step in getting a great communication network going in the church also. Bring your sheet back and leave it in the basket on the Connect Center to be included.
The Ministry Worksheet is not about committees. However, Full Disclosure, we have openings on the Trustees Board and Worship Hospitality Committee. If you like going to meetings and plan things, please let us know. The 2018 Nominations and Personnel Report is due this week.
Our United Methodist Local Church Conference will be held on November 21 at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. At this annual meeting we celebrate our ministry of the past year and we hear a message from the Bishop's Cabinet. This year Rev. Esther Lee will convene the meeting in place of the District Superintendent. Let's enjoy our evening of holy conferencing. But first, put the November 21 Church Conference on your calendar. Second, key leaders submit forms on line by this Thursday.
LET’S TALK about Facilities this Sunday – We need to look further down the road. What decorative or structural changes need to be done after a decade in our building? Stay after worship with us and talk about it.
I thank God for you, every time I pray. The congregation and friends of First UMC of West Chicago continue to be a channel of God’s abundant blessing for me and my family. If you don’t have a place for Thanksgiving Dinner, consider joining my family.
Let everyone have a place to be happy this Thanksgiving.
Pastor Nancy Rethford