Thanksgiving Letter 2016

  

Friends:

I hope this letter finds you well.  At this time of year, we give thanks for all we have in our lives and I want to give thanks for you.  Thank you for the ways that you have been an active part of our church through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.  I believe there is a circle of giving.  When we give, we receive.  When we receive, we are meant to give. 

The other day, my mom, my son, Aaron, and I were playing the Pete the Cat board game and the object of the game is to have the most buttons at the end. When you land on blue you get to switch button jars with someone else. My mom ended up with no buttons the turn before Aaron landed on blue. He decided to switch his jar with my mom’s empty one (instead of my overflowing one) saying, "Now you have buttons again!" Guess who ended up winning in the end? The one who exchanged his full jar for an empty one. His buttons came back tenfold.  When we give with the heart of a cheerful giver, blessings return to us. 

Here at Christ UMC, we are committed to building the kingdom of God in every way we can. The United Methodist Women and Mary Martha groups have done amazing outreach work throughout the year, supporting many local and global missions.  As a church, we just finished filling shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse and writing Christmas cards for prisoners. 

Our food bank serves about 30 families a month, with that number steadily rising.  It has been a challenge keeping the pantry stocked with the increasing need in the community, but with the Spirit’s help, we have been managing.  Once a month for eight months out of the year we feed about 40 people from the community a free dinner.  We house the cub scouts, boy scouts, and girl scouts in our building and have an active relationship with them.  In addition to worship on Sunday mornings, we gather weekly to pray for our friends, family, church, community and world. 

Our church is a living, breathing, active place and that it why I would like to humbly ask you to assist in whatever way you can to contribute to our ministry here at Christ UMC.  Although our membership is steady, we are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.  The Lord blesses us abundantly and I truly believe we should give of our time, talent and resources as generously as we can. 

In our book discussion group this month we are reading, “Radical Gratitude” by Mary Jo Leddy.  It has been helping me to really look at my life and the gifts I have and it has reminded me that true gratitude looks like sharing those gifts with others. 

I pray that the Lord blesses you abundantly in love, faith, health, peace, and prosperity.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Pastor Julia Singleton

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