By: Dr. Michael Gardner
“Whatever you do, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
The weather has turned colder, with early snow falling last week and this morning – a sure sign along with the rapidly falling leaves that autumn is soon to turn to winter. Football season is in full swing, and my favorite teams won on Saturday and Sunday, although the KU-KSU game could have gone either way.
It’s also a sure reminder that Thanksgiving Day is soon to come! I love the Thanksgiving season. Even in a world where there is much worry and fear, political and otherwise, we have so much for which to be thankful. Last night our Fellowship Hall was filled with children, youth and adults for the annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Our youth and their leaders and sponsors did an outstanding job demonstrating service and working together. Bravo!
This coming Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 pm, we have the privilege to hear a presentation by Dr. Tex Sample, Professor of Church and Society at St. Paul School of Theology. Dr. Sample is widely known as an exceptional speaker and storyteller. He is one of the foremost authors on the subject of blue-collar culture and misplaced white anger, the real understory of many of the divisions in our nation. He was one of my mentors, and I hope to see you there.
If you have not yet submitted your financial commitment for Old Mission’s 2019 ministry needs, please bring your commitment card for the offering on Sunday or complete one on line at oldmission.org and click the link at the bottom center of the first page. You may also mail, call, or bring your commitment to the Church office. We need everyone’s help to keep Old Mission strong!
And finally, be sure and join us for worship this Sunday, November 18, as we focus on living a "Life of Thanksgiving." We have great music planned from all our ensembles in two worship hours. We will be offering, child-friendly, visitor-welcoming, music rich services of Thanksgiving praise at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30. My message will be from Colossians 3:12-17. Bring your thankfulness with you! Also, you are invited to bring some canned or boxed food with you as we share what one of the Churches I served called a “noisy offering” of non-perishable groceries with our needy friends through a local food pantry.
I plan to see you all this Sunday! It will be glorious!
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