Based on a message I gave at the Community Thanksgiving Service this past Sunday, below is an acrostic that describes true thankfulness. Consider living out one or two of these on your own or as a family. True thankfulness is…
T – Thorough
Write out all the ways God has blessed you, consider making categories and/or going around the table tomorrow.
H – Heartfelt
No need to be over the top or fake – just honest. Start where you are and begin to share what you truly are thankful for.
A – Attributed
Give thanks not only to each other but also (and always) directly to God. Consider that Christians have the most to be thankful for (salvation) and therefore should be the most thankful.
N – Necessary
Without giving thanks regularly, life gets out of whack, just like our bodies do when we aren’t getting certain dietary needs met.
K – Kindled
It does take effort to give thanks often. We have to kindle and tend it like a real fire.
S – Shared
Thankfulness is richer when we share in it together, especially letting others know specifically how we thank God for them.
We have a mandatory meeting this Sunday for all youth attending the ReBoot Retreat this Sunday, Nov. 29 at 9:45am in the Barn. Be sure to bring insurance info, and payments for the trip. We will cover all the details and get everyone squared away. Online registration closes on Nov. 28. If space is available, add-ons may be allowed on Sunday. Be ahead of the game – learn more here, including what to pack.
After the services this Sunday, Nov. 29, we will rake leaves for the Young family. What you need to know:
- We hope to have both youth and parents for this!
- Bring your own rakes/blowers
- We will meet in the foyer after the 11am service, load up, and get some food. I think we will finish around 4pm – pick up at the Young’s
- Bring money for fast food
- There is no Fuel meeting on this night.
Youth, ages 13 and up are invited to help at the processing center on Friday, Dec. 4. Youth who help are still able to attend the ReBoot Retreat (they’ll just arrive a few hours late), and we’ll provide transportation. I expect that the available spots will be filled this coming Sunday. If you want to get a chance to go, sign up before Sunday!
Nov. 29 – No meeting
Dec. 6 – No meeting (Post-retreat weekend. NOTE: This is a schedule change)
Dec. 13 – Christmas party, 5:00-7:30 (we take some extra time on this night)
Dec. 20 & 27 – No meeting
We are looking for youth and adult helpers on Friday, Dec. 11, to help watch kids for a special Parents’ Night Out event from 6-9pm. Sign up in the Barn, or contact Peggy Peak. For CBA players, consider serving during your non-practice portions of the night (either 6:00-7:30 or 7:30-9:00).
We’re really excited about this retreat, and most of the spots are already filled!
Visit the retreat page to learn more and register, and don’t forget about the pre-trip meeting on 11/29 during Sunday School!
Calling all youth to help serve with Parents Night Out on Friday, December 11, from 6-9pm.
SSL hours are available. Come to serve, have fun, and build fellowship, while giving parents a night together. Sign up this Sunday in Sunday School.
Fuel in remainder of November/December:
11/22 – Normal Fuel meeting
11/29 – No Fuel (Thanksgiving weekend) but you can help rake leaves!
12/6 – No Fuel (ReBoot retreat weekend)
12/13 – Fuel Christmas party with gift exchange
12/20 and 27 – No Fuel (Christmas break)
On Sunday, Nov. 29, we are inviting youth and parents to stay after the service, get a bite to eat, and help the Young family by raking leaves for them. This is a chance to serve as a family.
Note that we will not have Fuel on Nov. 29. We will leave following the 11:00 service and estimate that this project will last until about 4:00pm. Let Kevin know if you are interested. We will get some fast food together – please bring money for your meal.