Focus: Thankful Hearts
As we enter November, truly a month of giving thanks, I am grateful to God that in the DNA of our nation, our founders, those immortal Pilgrims, set the precedent for us on the 4th Thursday of November for our unique national holiday called Thanksgiving, a religious national holiday in which we pause as a nation to thank God for His gracious provision toward our nation, our homes, and families.
Research has documented that people who give thanks, who have gratitude toward God and others, live longer, happier, lives with less stress and improved health. So thanksgiving is more than just one day out of the year – but an attitude of the heart for year round. People of faith have long known this. The psalmist invites us: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Ps. 107:1
What are the things in your life for which you are thankful to God our Heavenly Father?
I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday, November 4, for All Saints’ Sunday.
And I thank God for each of you – and for your love for Jesus and His Church.
In Christ’s love,
Veterans Sunday, November 11th, 10:50 am Worship
Recognitions of our veterans and their families
Our church will have a special observance on Veterans Sunday, November 11 in recognition of all veterans who have served and their family members. Veterans from our church will present the colors. After the singing of the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance, the theme songs of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard will be played and veterans and family members of veterans will be invited to stand for the respective service branch of service. We thank God for the brave men and women who served and have served to protect our freedoms. Come join us for this special Sunday.
Hanging of the Green & Light Luncheon
Sunday, Nov. 25
12:00 pm after Worship
Come join us for a light family luncheon in the Grand Hall after worship on Nov. 25 & afterwards assist with the putting up of our Chrismon Tree and Christmas decorations in the Sanctuary and around the church buildings. Join us for a fun family event for children, youth, & adults. Sign up sheets will be in the Narthex for persons to bring sandwiches, crock pots of soup, and desserts.
United Methodist Women Christmas Luncheon
and Organ Recital, Monday, Dec. 3 -12:00pm
The United Methodist Women of our church are hosting a Christmas luncheon on Monday, December 3rd at 11:30 am in the Fellowship Hall followed by our Christmas themed organ recital by the choir director and organist of First Presbyterian Church of Hope.
Persons are invited to attend the delicious luncheon at 12:00 pm followed by the music program around 1:00 pm. Invite a friend and join us as we begin the Advent and Christmas season of December.
United Methodist Men Potluck Dinner & Program
Monday, December 3, 6:30 pm – Fellowship Hall
Guest Speaker: A Former FBI agent
The United Methodist Men of our church have Monday, December 3 set for their monthly potluck dinner & program.
Guest speaker is from the 1st United Methodist Church, Arkadelphia. He is a retired FBI agent and present day cattle rancher with his wife, in Okolona, Arkansas. He will share some of his experiences of his years in the FBI in the Dallas, Texas region. He is a graduate of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, and a military veteran.
All men and youth of our church, and guests, are invited to bring a favorite dish and attend.