Thanksgiving Edition: Weekly Connection!

Due to the shortened work week and Thanksgiving holiday, I am sending this out a bit early.

This evening at 5:30 is the annual Open Door Thanksgiving dinner.  Folks have been here for most of the day dicing, chopping, peeling and cooking!  If you are in the area and want to get an early start on feasting, you are welcome to come by for dinner!  Georgia and Marie assure me there is plenty of food for everyone.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  I hope you enjoy your day and find some to relax and give thanks for the many blessings that surround you!

Saturday at 9:00 is the first meeting of the new Women’s Study.  I am not sure which room we will be meeting in, so please look for the ladies chatting!  We will be using the book ” Calm My Anxious Heart.”  I think everyone has picked up their book – we have one or two extra, so if you did not sign-up , there is till time. All ladies are welcome!

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00.  This is the First Sunday of Advent – (it sneaks right up on us!)  The Chadwick Family will be doing the reading this Sunday and lighting the Advent candle.  Our Helping Hands offering will also be received.  From time to time I like to remind you that those funds are used at Pastor Kevin’s discretion to help those in our church family or the local community that may have a financial need.  Look for the envelope in your bulletin on Sunday if you typically participate in this.  Coffee time follows worship.  Thanks to everyone who has stepped forward to help with everything that is needed to make coffee time run smoothly.  Clean-up, food donations and clean-up are all part of the task – it’s great to see people working  together!

Monday evening at 7:27 is Young Life.  Enthusiastic teens meet on our top floor!  Do you know a high schooler that would benefit from good friends, fun and relevant, current Bible words?  See Meg for details.

The BIG event that you need to keep in mind is…The Christmas Fair…next Saturday, December 5th at 9:00.  Barbara Sweeny is chairing the FaIr this year.  Here is the latest from Barbara:

The Christmas Fair is nearly upon us! (Dec 5th, 9:00-3:00). Have you signed up yet? See the sign up sheets in the Fellowship Hall after church on Sunday.  Please let me know if you are around during the day on Thursday – I need some hearty souls to move things so people can work on Friday.  We will be doing the bulk of the set up on Friday and then need helpers all day on Saturday. You do not have to commit to the whole day – even an hour or two is great. If you are not a particularly social person, helping to clean up on Saturday (starting at 3:00) is a way to be a special blessing!  Most of all, come to the Fair and do some Christmas shopping, enjoy the fellowship, stay for lunch, and bring a friend! Please let me know if you can help: Barbara Sweeny (barbrialan@yahoo.com)      

MANY thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the Open Door dinner on Wednesday evening.  Many people spent a chunk of today here working.  Others did prep work at home and still others are expected shortly to help serve.  THANK YOU!

Our Blessing Bag ministry continues to grow!  We have given out 60 filled backpacks to women in challenging situations.  Most recently 10 were given to women caught up in trafficking –  a very real problem right in our area.  We have also been handling requests from local families needing some help with Christmas.  THANK YOU to our WISH ladies who are supplying Christmas for one family. Donna Wood has been in contact with another family that needs some help with Christmas things for little ones – please speak to her if you are interested in lending a hand.

There is a Church Work Day planned for Saturday, December 12th from 9:00-Noon.  This is to help prepare our church for the Christmas season.  The Fair will be behind us and this will be a good time to get some extra cleaning and tidying done.  I know this is a busy time of year, but if you are able to come by for a bit of time, it will be a big help.  Thanks!

From Pastor Kevin & Sharon: “Once again, by your kindness and love, you have touched our hearts. We are so blessed to be part of this wonderful church family.”   Pastor Kevin & Sharon

Coming soon:

  • Sunday, December 6th   Kids Team meeting following worship
  • Friday, December 11th  Singspiration
  • Saturday – December 12th  Work Day

Serving on Sunday:

  • Ushers:  Rich Carter, Steve Carter, Sandy Habib, Georgia Shaw
  • Greeters:  George & Buki Chukwurah
  • Kids:  Meg and Janna

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day!

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