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                  December 10, 2017                

Rev. Tim Soule

 

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November is associated with the thanksgiving holiday. I have begun my annual holiday thanksgiving list. I will challenge myself to make a list of 100 things for which i am thankful.That is not hard to do but it is a good discipline to write down some of the most important items that enrich my life. Why don’t you make a list and we can compare them.

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving is one of the key ingredients we need every day in order to become people of love and compassion. Paul thanks the Thessalonians "for all the joy we feel before our God because of you" (1 Thess. 1: 9). The discipline of giving thanks to God, and giving thanks to and for others, leads us to see them differently. We are more likely to treat someone with love and compassion if we know how much love and compassion we have received, just like we're more likely to be forgiving if we know how much we have been forgiven. Think of it as “thanksgiving therapy" that strengthens our ability to see others as God sees us. 

 

 

 

November is also the month we honor our Veterans.   We will join the community in saying thanks to our veterans by being part of the Veterans’ Day Parade on November 11th. I love a parade.   If you love a parade and want to be in one, come ride on our float (trailer behind a pick-up) you will be most welcome. Entering the parade is one way to thank all of the men and women who have served our country faithfully in our military. It also lets the community know First Presbyterian Church is an active church here in the community and if anyone is looking for a church home, a visit would be most welcome. Veterans are a big and important part of our church. I can’t imagine our church without their commitment, involvement, passion, generosity and service. Thanks to all of you for all you give to Christ’s Church and our nation. Our congregation will recognize our veterans in worship on November 12th.

 

 

 

This is also the month we make our financial commitments to the church for the coming year. Our second Sunday meal following worship this month will be a Potato Bar Feast, hosted by our Faithful Discipleship Committee. Along with the good food and fellowship we will share stories of our ministries and look ahead to our needs for 2018. Plan to join us after worship that day.

 

 

 

I also invite you to join me on Tuesday afternoons this month at 1:30pm in Room 8, for an adventure in prayer. I will lead the group in some prayer forms that I find helpful in my life. Lectio Divina, praying the Lord’s Prayer, praying the Psalms, and using the Jesus Prayer will be covered. This hour long adventure will include readings from Gary Neal Hansen’s book, Kneeling with the Giants. (I suggest you buy it as an e-book because it comes with additional primary resource readings not available in the print copy.) Practice and reflection will enable students to experience these praying techniques first hand. It will fun, exciting and uplifting. I hope many of you will join me. Come to the first session and give it a try. Reading assignments will be given at that time.

 

 

 

With thanks in my heart for FPC Leavenworth,

tim


 

ALL SAINT’S SUNDAY– NOVEMBER 5TH 

For more than a thousand years, Christians have kept with great solemnity the remembrance of those who have gone before us.  All Saint’s Sunday, November 5th, we will remember those of your loved ones who have died.

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MISSIONS

This is the season we are reminded of our many blessings - including plenty to eat.  Let's fill our blue barrel with food items several  times this month - like every week!  The Mission Committee will get these donated food items to the Salvation Army.  Bring some canned goods every time you come to church!!

 

The coalition of Leavenworth churches is once again hosting the 7th Street Feast on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30a.m. - 2:p.m.  This free Thanksgiving meal can be delivered to your home or taken out or eaten in the St. Paul School on 7th Street.  Our church (the Mission Committee) has contributed to this effort and some members volunteer to help coordinate delivery of meals.

 

There will be sign -up sheets out soon for bell ringing for the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Drive.  This is actually a great way help our community by giving a few hours of time during this Christmas season.

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ADVENT WREATH BANNERS

When Ginnie Strand visited another church during Advent last year, she was moved by their Advent wreath, which displayed small banners hanging under each of the four candles. The banners were inscribed with the words:

Hope (week one)

Peace (week two)

Joy (week three)

Love (week four)

 

Christmas Child


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD Operation Christmas Child (OCC) Boxes due by 13 Nov?Help lists, colorful shoeboxes, and labels available. (You may use your own cardboard or plastic shoeboxes.) Each box should be packed for a girl or a boy in age category 2-4; 5-9; 10-14. The box may be a child’s only gift – include fun things as well as school and hygiene items. (Ideas are on the ?help? sheet) Donations toward the $7/box shipping costs are welcome (checks should be made out to Samaritan’s Purse or, if giving via our church, indicate OCC with your cash/check.) The boxes are distributed worldwide by Samaritan’s Purse. Lots of good info at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ OCC is sponsored by the Presbyterian Women.

 

 
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BACK PACK BUDDIES COMING IN DECEMBER

Back Pack Buddies will be coming soon to provide the packs for the Henry Leavenworth School. Volunteers will be asked to help in December.

 
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