Christmas Choir On Sunday, December 15th, we will begin church at 9:00. The Christmas Choir consisting of members from our church, the Calvary Baptist Church, and some guests will perform for everyone to enjoy.
On Sunday, December 8th, the children will be performing a Christmas musical for everyone to enjoy. After the children’s musical, we will be having a church-wide soup and sandwich luncheon for everyone. Please be sure and mark your calendars for this unforgettable event.
This Sunday morning, December 1, 2013, we begin our Week of Prayer and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Please be in prayer for our missionaries and give as God leads.
You can start by attending Sunday evening services for Missions Night. At 6:00 pm we will have our monthly Missions Night program. Our emphasis will be on International Missions
A general noticed one of his soldiers behaving oddly. The soldier would pick up any piece of paper he found, frown, say, “That’s not it,” and put it down again. This went on for some time until the general arranged to have the soldier psychologically tested.
The psychologist concluded that the soldier was deranged and wrote out his discharge from the army.
The soldier picked it up, smiled, and said, “That’s it.”
My parents scoffed, but I knew my college degree in geology would come in handy one day. It was during basic training, at Sheppard Field, Texas, and I was pulling KP duty. When the sergeant asked me what I did in civilian life, I proudly announced that I was a geologist.
“Good. I’m looking for someone with your background,” he said, while dropping a bulging sack onto the table. “You’ve got just the right qualifications to pick the rocks out of this hundred pounds of beans.”
No way! We’d never accidentally forget the Thanksgiving turkey. We painstakingly prepare and beautifully serve it. But, caught up with food, family and Black Friday sales, do we forget to offer sincere thanks to God?
Here are seven ideas to add “thanks” to your Thanksgiving. Try one. Before you carve the turkey.
- Tweet thanks. During November, use Facebook or Twitter to post daily thanks to God. Example: “Thanksgiving to God #4. Thanking God today for His peace in difficult days!” Add a photo for extra oomph. 1 Chronicles 16:8
- Write ITFY notes. Use e-mail or stationery to write one short note every day from now until Thanksgiving to tell someone “I’m Thankful For You” (ITFY). Be specific about why you thank God for that person. 1 Corinthians 1:4-5
- Visual reminders. Write or print Scriptures from this article on note cards. Put them in hard-to-ignore places – on your mirror, computer screen, refrigerator, phone, steering wheel. As you notice them, offer a silent thanksgiving prayer. Psalm 34:1
- Personal delivery. Near Thanksgiving, give a mentor or respected Christian friend a small gift – homemade pie, potted plant, etc. Say, “I’ve been thanking God for all His blessings in my life. You’re one of those blessings!” Philippians 1:3
- Post-it thanks. As holiday guests arrive Thanksgiving Day, give each person a pad of sticky notes and a marker. Challenge them to write specific things for which they are thankful to God. One-word descriptions are fine. The dining room walls will be plastered with thanks to God. Psalm 50:14
- Surprisingly thankful. If a family member has an unusual need, plan ahead for a surprise monetary gift at Thanksgiving dinner. The whole extended family contributes any amount of cash they choose. Present it with a verbal prayer of thanks to God for that family member. 1 John 3:17
- Table thanks. At our Thanksgiving table, each person tells one specific reason they’re thankful to God this year. The Thanksgiving meal conversation is lively, joyful and God-honoring. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Enjoy your turkey, as you give thanks to our holy God. That’s what Thanksgiving’s all about.
©2013 Diana Davis is an author, columnist and minister’s wife. Contact her at email@example.com.
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