Many thanks to those who came out and helped decorate the church building this morning. The party got under way at 10 AM as the workers trooped in and began the transformation process. Thanks to the very tall people all of the lights around the sanctuary were hung along with the danglies and sparklies from the ceiling. The not so tall people worked on decorating the tree, setting up the nativity scene, untangling strands of lights, putting hooks on the ornaments, and decorating the entry way and reception areas. Nick and Rachael beautified the kids ministry area, and the littlest decorator put the star on top the tree – with a little help from a friend. The team enjoyed lunch together and then cleaned up the sanctuary while Richard cleaned up the kitchen. Thanks to Rosa Kingsbury, Carolyn Burden, Dixie Hansen, Sherry and Doug Livengood, Nick and Rachael Humphries, McKenna, Richard, Pastors Marlan and Ruth, and Heidi Fields.
Thanksgiving has swept by already, and Black Friday is winding down. It’s time to get those boxes of decorations out of the basement and turn the JCC church building into a winter wonderland. Please join us for the decorating party tomorrow, November 30th at 10 AM. We’ll decorate until Noon and then have lunch. The ladies’ ensemble will rehearse briefly after lunch, and then you have the whole rest of the day free.
Sunday evening December 1st join us for the Christmas Coffeehouse at 5 PM. Bring friends and family and your favorite Christmas treat and we’ll enjoy the kick off of the Christmas holiday season together. If you have questions or need more information you can reply to this post or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Old Testament God’s people were required to offer many different kinds of sacrifices for atonement for sin, trespasses, special feast days, and so on. The peace or Thanksgiving offering was different, though. It was a voluntary offering brought to expresser the giver’s gratitude for things that God had done for him/her. Part of the offering was burned as God’s portion, part went to the High Priest and to the officiating priest, and the rest went to the giver to enjoy along with the unleavened and leavened breads that were part of the offering. The giver and his family and friends took part in a fellowship meal together as part of the Thanksgiving offering. Sacrifices were not only to atone for sin but also a means to draw near to God. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice offered to not only wash away our sins but to allow us to drawn near and to fellowship with God. Today as you give thanks for all of the material blessings that you have, remember to offer up thanksgiving for God’s most costly and precious gift – Jesus.
Corinthians 9:15 AMP “Now thanks be to God for HisGift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]!”
We had a wonderful evening of thanksgiving together last night. For those who came out, thank you for coming and participating. For those of you that didn’t make it, we missed you. Pastor Ruth put together an encouraging service full of music, stories of God’s faithfulness, laughter, and family time around the table feasting on pie and cookies. We pray each of you will have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.
Special thanks to Rosa Kingsbury for taking pictures for us, and to Joe Pokupec for helping get the technical problems fixed.
Our lives are ordered by signs. Stop. Yield. One Way. Turn Only. Signs along the highway tell us where we are, how far until the next stop, where we can find any and everything. I you don’t read – and heed – the signs you’ll be in a world of hurt. Likewise God has signs along life’s journey. Failure to heed these signs leads to disastrous results. Do you know the signs of Jesus’ return? It’s imperative that we learn to read – and heed – these signs so that we’ll wind up at our desired destination. Listen to Pastor Marlan’s message “10 Signs of Jesus’ Return” and make sure you’re going the right direction.