We can enjoy the food. We can enjoy our family. We can enjoy our fellowship. But the real purpose of Thanksgiving is to give thanks. It is a day to focus our attention on giving thanks.
There’s a story about an old pastor and his wife who invited a new young couple in the church over for Thanksgiving dinner. As the couple entered the home, they smelled the wonderful turkey and all the trimmings in the kitchen. As the four made their way to the dining room table, there was a great feast before them!
But as the young wife scanned the table, she noticed something out of place. Among the turkey, dressing, casseroles, and pies were three Chinese takeout cartons and a plate of egg rolls!
“I know what you’re thinking,” the old pastor said. “Why is there Chinese takeout on the table?”
“You see,” he continued, “23 years ago on Thanksgiving Day, my dear wife burned the turkey and started a fire in our kitchen! In fact, our entire kitchen nearly caught fire and the whole Thanksgiving meal was charred black!”
“So after the fire department left,” he chuckled, “we ordered Chinese takeout and that was our Thanksgiving meal! And every year since, we’ve had Chinese takeout as a part of our meal to remind us to be thankful for what we have!”
This year, I hope Thanksgiving is more than a holiday for you. It should be a way of life for every Christian. We serve a wonderful God who pours out the best things into our lives and gives us new life through Jesus. So as you continue to reflect on what you are thankful for this year, remember all God’s blessings in your life!
Grace and Peace,
Caring Opportunities/Prayer Concerns
Assisted Living: Betty Boyer
Home: Estelle Austin, Dail Rodgers
Illness: Bob Blazer, Misty Carroll (cancer), Virginia Harr, Jasper Ramey, Barbara Knight, Charlotte Osborne (Tracy Campbell’s mother), Tricia Klug (health), Don Schultz, Emma Harrod, Randall Kidd, Frieda Horne, (Dreama Helton’s sister), Paul Jett, Lucas Kinley (Pam Howell’s great nephew)
Recovering: Bonnie Blazer, Shelby Skeens, Keirsten Thompson, Janice Hutsell, Joseph Pitz, Josiah Porter (Ron & Kay Porter’s grandson), Ron Yeatts, Carrie Malone (Elizabeth Carey’s mother), Margaret Hamilton (Tony Ponder’s mother), Mary Lee Jackson (Bobby Jackson’s mother), Susan Gamble, Betty Sue Bright, Suzi Fleenor, Jane & David Doan, Al James
Special Concerns: Dennis Dykes (Afghanistan Veteran, illness), Erin Millington Meade, South Sudan, Zachary Beachley, Dwight & Barbara Miller, Ryan Maxwell, Lindsey Rufenacht, Patricia Petersen, Leroy Campbell (Chris Campbell’s father), Jane Frayer, Doris Parks, Ruth Ann Blix, Donna Thornton, Debbie Dillard, Nancy Osborne (Estelle Austin’s daughter), Darci Smith, Wade McMackin, Jackson Orfield, Marvin Bullis’ mother, John Green, Karissa Deal (Connie Burleson’s daughter), Suzan Alley, HA Shelton, Burl and Joyce Lawson, Kip Cloninger
Those Who Are Grieving: The family of Tim Winkle, the family Marvin Bullis on the loss of his father, Bull
Serving Our Community: Matt Harrison, Lynn Feagins, Al James, Mark Lambert, Mike Laningham, Allen Faulk
Serving our Country: Tommy Dull, Hunter Roberts
Please send prayer requests to Don Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call or text him your requests at 423-967-6884.
Don will send out your prayer requests through email as the needs arise. If you would like to receive these emails in order to pray for one another, email Don at email@example.com.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Come to Wednesday Night Dinner tonight. The program is “Thanksgiving Stories from the Pew.” Be inspired by the faith journeys of your Cassidy family. Give thanks for God’s lovingkindness and faithfulness.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Give thanks for our church and all other churches that work together to end hunger. Bring food to local food banks, volunteer with Meals on Wheels, share a meal with someone in need. You are blessed to be a blessing.
Friday, November 17, 2017
“Happy are those…whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth…who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.” Psalm 146: 5 – 7
Think about God’s work for justice for the oppressed and hungry. Pray for the courage to do the same.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
“Although we live in the world’s wealthiest nation, a reported 14.5 percent of U.S. households — nearly 49 million Americans — struggle to put food on the table.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
“We rejoice in every sign of God’s kingdom: in the upholding of human dignity and community; in every expression of love, justice, and reconciliation; in each act of self-giving on behalf of others; in the abundance of God’s gifts entrusted to us that all may have enough; in all responsible use of the earth’s resources.” From the World Methodist Social Affirmation, 886 in UMC Hymnal
Monday, November 20, 2017
As you prepare for Thanksgiving, take time to thank God for each person and their influence in your life.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Remember in prayer the many thousands who have survived fire, hurricane, flood, earthquake, drought and disease this year. Say a special prayer for their healing and wholeness.
Birthday blessings to the following people:
November 4 Nell Faust, Tom Hancock
November 6 Evelyn Smith
November 9 Jessica Jackson, John Maine, Jim Burleson
November 10 Aaron Wininger
November 11 Jerry Maine
November 17 McKenzie Pendleton
November 20 John Paul Malcolm, Jim Belgeri
November 21 Braeden Cook
November 22 Kim Wilson
November 25 Haley Pendleton
November 26 Hunter Arnold, Kaitlyn Brock
November 27 Whitney Cook
If your Birthday is not listed, please notify the church office so that you can be added.
Christian hospitality is rooted in the self-giving love and nature of God. As followers of Jesus, we live into Christian Hospitality by intentionally creating a sacred space and place for others to hear, experience and become a part of the ongoing story of God’s grace and love for the world.
Please Join Us Tonight
For a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner and
Thanksgiving Stories from the Pews
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 18 at 9:00am to help prepare the church for Advent.
Beginning December 3, 2017
Sunday School and Sermon Series
Safe Sanctuary Training
Sunday, December 10
Morrison Chapel UMC
(2019 Chapel Dr., Kingsport 37665)
Karen Peace, Kingsport District conference approved trainer, will be the instructor.
If you currently work with youth and children, please attend this training. If you
are interested in working with children and youth, you will need to have this
Please RSVP to Margaret Deans at 423-323-8142 or firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Christmas Eve Service, each family will receive a special gift to guide their celebration of the 12 Days of Christmas.