Middle Scool Outing – Friday, December 19th. 3:30 PM at Al Quaal for sledding. 6:00 PM Dinner At Hudsons. 8:30 PM The Hobbit at Thomas Theatres in Marquette. To RSVP or questions contact Barb Schouten.
| Making Time For Joy!
By Pastor Lew Pizzala
The story is told of a mother who was frantically running from store to store to finish up her Christmas shopping when she suddenly realized the little hand of her five year old son was no longer clutched in hers. In a panic she retraced her steps and found him standing with his little nose pressed flatly against a frosty window gazing at a manger scene. Hearing his mother’s hysterical call, he turned and shouted with excitement: “Look Mommy! It’s Jesus – baby Jesus in the hay.” With obvious indifference to his joy and wonder, she impatiently jerked him away saying, “We don’t have time for that!”Friend, if joy is the missing ingredient in your holiday preparation, make time for Jesus. He is the only one who can bring lasting joy!
A Season Of Thanks
By Lynette Davis
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. Colossians 3:16 NLT
Thanksgiving became an official Federal holiday in 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.
Thanksgiving was intended to be a holiday that acknowledged the greatness of our God but with the Christmas preparation starting earlier every year our “season of thanks” is quickly crowded out with busyness, baking and buying. We live in a time when the act of thanksgiving has to be done on purpose!
One way to give thanks is through worship. Let’s do the Word and “Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” One of my favorite worship songs from when I first got saved was “Give Thanks”, a worship song released in 1986 by Don Moen. Read and meditate on the words to this song! If you know it, sing it! Pull it up on youtube and listen to it! You can’t help but have a thankful and grateful heart when you realize all He has done! There really is so much to be thankful for!
Give thanks with a grateful heart Give thanks to the Holy One Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son. And now let the weak say, “I am strong” Let the poor say, “I am rich Because of what the Lord has done for us”
Now That Is Something To Be Thankful About!