Ministry Notes November 2018
I inherited traditional rural values. I grew up on a farm, it was the air I
An important value in my family was hard
work. Chores were a daily reality; we
had ten thousand chickens and picking eggs was a little like a dairy
operation-- it got done like clockwork!
Everyone had a specific job and the whole family functioned like a team. I loved the feeling of responsibility and
participation; it made me feel important and it was so meaningful.
An equally important value was giving
thanks. And I’m not so sure it was a
value as much as it was the natural result or the simple appreciation for a job
well done. When I was young, supper
time was always full of stories and goodwill.
When dad said grace, he was always giving thanks for his family.
The tradition around Thanksgiving is to
celebrate the hard work of bringing in the harvest. A time to literally savor the fruits of hard
This year as Thanksgiving comes around, I
invite you to reflect on the hard work that has been accomplished through both
churches. It makes me thankful to think
about how beautiful both churches are, and how lovingly they are taken care
of. It makes me thankful to drive up to
each church and see the cemeteries, and the great cloud of witnesses who worked
so hard to build these communities.
It makes me thankful to think about Sunday
morning worship, all the moving parts coming together, giving thanks and praise
to God. It makes me thankful to think
about the bible studies, blood drives, Welch Community Picnic, Taste of Welch,
and all the efforts with Feed My Starving Children. The more I reflect with all
these blessings, the more my heart is thankful.
Cross of Christ and Cannon River are indeed
hard-working congregations and we are thankful for all the blessings we share
And in this Thanksgiving spirit, I invite all
of you to pat yourselves on the back.
You’ve all worked hard, you’ve all given of your time, talents and
resources and I’m so thankful for all of you!
Cannon River will be celebrating the Harvest
Festival on October 28 and Cross of Christ will be celebrating on
November 4 in connection with stewardship Sunday. Let’s celebrate and be thankful all together!
Blessings for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, and
may God continue to shower us with His abundance, grace upon grace.
God’s continued blessings, Deacon
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