A national day to
give thanks to God is a healthy habit. But remember
that it is not just a day to be thankful, it is a day
thank God, recognizing that the blessings we have received
are blessings from God. So don't be passive and just
feel thankful. Take some time as a family to actively
thank God for the many blessings you have received.
I am thankful for
many things this year. I share my
thanksgiving list with you as an encouragement for you to
write your own, for we all have much to be thankful for! I
thank God for . . .
My wife Dawn, the best and most
beautiful woman, wife,
mother, and grandmother I have ever known.
My nine children (Tina, Rebecca,
Kimberly, Melinda, Angela, Maria, Kenny, Kevin, Lorissa), my
five son-in-laws (Noah, David, Tim, Jason, Gilbert), and my
seven grandchildren (Wyatt, Everet, Emilie, Dylan, Olivia,
Our church staff (Naomi, Phil, Mary
Kaye, Holly, Matt, Paul, and Kenny) who work hard for our
church and for God's work in general.
The leaders of our many ministries
who work just as hard for God and for our church as
does our staff.
All of our FSBCA members.
A house with a roof, electricity,
air conditioners, and plumbing. (The disasters of 2017
reminded me that many people don't
have these luxuries!)
The four vehicles in our household,
all of which are working. (Most are old and have lots
of miles, but they all start when you turn the key!)
My parents in Tucson and my mother-in-law
in North Carolina.
An extended family, too
numerous to mention.
A God who is very real and who
loves me more than I can comprehend.
God's Son, Jesus, who came to earth
in a miraculous way to become my Savior, my Lord, my Model,
and my Mentor.
The near-constant words of
encouragement I receive and the prayers I know are offered
on my behalf.
Those who faithfully attend our
prayer meetings and pray for us.
A nation which, despite our issues
and challenges, is still the greatest and most God-blessed
land in the world.
The many opportunities I was given
in 2017 to do God's work and speak on His behalf.
I have personally
thanked God for these things (and more) as I wrote, and I
will personally thank God for these things on Thanksgiving.
I encourage you to write your own list!
We don't have a final "start-up" date yet for our Saturday
night worship services, but we're working on it. If
you would like to be on the team (sound, music,
greeters/ushers, preschool/nursery/children) we would love
to hear from you!
Contact Pastor Jack to let him know you want to help!
We have dozens of ways of loving
people in need. On December 16, we have the
opportunity to love on the families of the incarcerated
at our 10th annual Angel Tree Party! For over 50
years, as a ministry of Prison Fellowship, Angel Tree
has been giving Christmas gifts to the children of
inmates all over the country. We've been blessed
to participate in this ministry for a decade under the
leadership of Rex Porter. All the gifts given at
our party come from church members and local businesses.
We look forward to giving gifts to over 300 children
this year. They all receive both a fun gift and a
gift of clothing.
The positive effects of this
ministry cannot be overstated. It serves to help connect
families with their incarcerated parents; it offers a
fun and free Christmas celebration to many families who
are struggling financially; it offers us a chance to
present the gospel to people in need. Every year, there
are people who come to our church through Angel Tree and
decide to surrender their lives to Christ.
Just like all of our ministries,
this is only accomplished through the generosity of our
members. If you would like to help, you can serve as a
sponsor of a child, help wrap gifts on December 14, or
help at the party on December 16. We will have a
Christmas Tree with angels this Sunday, November 26, at which
you can choose to be a child's 'Angel' and provide a
gift for them. We look forward to the impact this will
have on the community!
If you would like to serve, or if
you have any questions, please contact
Join us on Friday, November 24, for our annual Family Zoo
Trip! We will meet in the parking lot at the Wildlife World Zoo at 8:30 am and
go in as a group. The reduced cost tickets are $8 for students (Preschool
through High School) and $20 for adults; children 2 and
under are free.
If you didn't sign up, don't worry! All you have to do
is to show up at 8:30 at the zoo and bring your paymenr
(cash or check) with you!
This is a great opportunity to have some fun
with family and friends -- and walk off some Thanksgiving
calories! We hope you can join us. It's always a treat!
This week's survey is just for fun. What kind of pie
do you prefer?