Blessings and a joy filled Thanksgiving

Blessings and a joy filled Thanksgiving to you all! We are entering the holy days of Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas. A time for giving thanks for the blessings in our lives and a time for gift giving. When you are counting your blessings and making your gift list, please don’t forget to include your church. We need your help to have a strong ending of 2017.
This coming Friday — no Bible study. We will start up again on Friday, December 1, at 10 am.  December 3 is the First Sunday in Advent. Advent is the season of preparing for the coming of Christ at Christmas. At 5 pm on December 3, we will gather for a pot-luck dinner and decorating the church for the Advent-Christmas season. 
Also on December 3, at 3 pm, we will gather at the church to celebrate the life of Greg Giovanetti. Greg died from a heart attack on November 1 while sitting at the bus stop, He has been a faithful part of our congregation for a number of years. We will certainly miss Greg. 
Blessings to you all,
Pastor Steve


J. M. Barrie was a Scottish novelist, most well known for writing “Peter Pan,” also known as “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow up. “ There is a quote by him that has touched me and helped me many times when I was dealing with difficult situations. It goes like this: “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of
battle.” Isn’t that true? We get very angry with someone and think to ourselves, “what a disgusting or hateful human being. “ Then we get some back story that helps us understand. This is not to excuse bad behavior but just to understand better and not over react.

Also stay mindful of your own current battles. Sometimes we carry these things into our daily interactions and innocent people become our victims. That is to say, be kind to yourself as well. As the Prophet Micah once said, “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. “

Pastor Steve Lundin