From the Pastor’s Desk: November 2017

November 2017

  Well the time has changed, the weather is cooler, and we begin to look ahead to that season where we are light deprived and snow-covered. I always take winter as a time to think and plan for the coming spring and summer. It is a time of slowing down, cooling off, and letting our busy-ness take a back seat.

  But things are still going strong in the church. We have had several new activities begin in recent months. Among these are a knitting and crocheting group, a Civil War Discussion group, a short-term Bible study on Ruth, and a new community-wide free movie day. Although there are many things happening, there is always room for more. If you have an idea or passion, share it with me or with one of the Leadership team and new things can happen.

  We are approaching our Pledge Sunday (Nov. 19th). For the past few months we have taken several Sundays to emphasize what we do with our money. We have been using as a guide James A. Harnish’s book Earn. Save. Give.  He uses Wesley’s simple adage concerning how we deal with what the Lord has given us. That is Earn all you can; Save all you can; and Give all you can. The Old Testament minimum was a tithe, a tenth of our earnings. The New Testament gives no set amount, perhaps because we are to give all we are, all we have to God who has so generously given to us.  In reality, it is not about how much we give, but about how much we keep back. As we come to our time of pledging, give, not to the church, but to God, who gave us the greatest gift of all, his Son, Jesus Christ.

  In other areas of this newsletter there will be announcements of activities coming up during Advent. I do intend to have an Advent study. More details will be forthcoming. One item that is coming up is our Annual Charge Conference. This year it is December 21st. It will be a time of reviewing the past year and making plans for the next. If you are a committee chair, you need to submit a report for inclusion in our Charge Conference Booklet. Pleas don’t wait for the last minute! Chris and I would appreciate those reports as soon as possible so that the materials can be printed and collated.

  This month we come to my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. Part of that may be because my birthday is near that day. It also is a favorite because of the food. This year I will have to learn a new way of enjoying is as surgery has diminished my appetite, but I still look forward to the smells (they don’t add calories), the family gathering, and at least sampling a bit of turkey and fixings. As you gather with your families, give thanks for what you have, for what you can share, and for all that God has blessed you with.