Thanksgiving is almost here. I love that we have a holiday dedicated to being grateful. We pause to give thanks for family, friends, food, and football. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians that part of living the Christian life is “abounding in thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6-7).
Gratitude is important to the Christian life because of what it says. We say something about God every time we give thanks. We declare that God is a generous giver. We did not earn what He gave us. If we did, why be grateful? God would simply be giving us what we deserved. Thanksgiving is a declaration that God gives us far more than what we could expect. Our God is generous.
We also say something about ourselves every time we give thanks. We declare that we are dependent. This is the part of Thanksgiving I prefer to overlook. I want to take too much credit for the good things in my life. Reflecting on what went well during the year leads me to congratulate myself. I never do it out loud; but it’s a subtle mindset that creeps into my thinking. Being serious about giving thanks pushes out pride. Giving thanks means someone else gets the credit. I am just the blessed recipient of the Lord’s grace.
Join me this Thanksgiving in reflecting on our need and God’s generosity. What has God done for you this year that you could not have achieved on your own? How has God given more than you deserve? Use this Thanksgiving to remind yourself of how dependent you are on God – and how great it is to be his dependent. Then we will abound in thanksgiving.
Did You Know . . .
that FBC held mini-FAIRS in 5 locations around Longview?
Thank you to these folks who opened their homes, yards, businesses and hearts to our neighbors:
Eric and Aimee Akin, Scott and Theresa Brown, Ben and Lisa Eynon, Dan and Katie Harrison, Erick and Heather Oynes
Thank you to the small groups who assisted:
Mark and Christy Myers, Eric and Aimee Akin, Justin and Sarah Ward
Thank you to everyone who purchased candy to share at the mini-FAIRS
Thank you to everyone who handed out trick-or-treat bags and tracts to the kiddos who came to their homes on October 31.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
WORSHIP & PRAYER NIGHT – NOVEMBER 1
FBC’s Youth Ministry invites you to a night of worship and prayer at The Loft (north end of The TreeHouse) on Nov. 1 from 6pm – 8pm. Come join us as we sing together to our Lord and call out to him in prayer!
MISSIONARY GIFT WRAPPING
Volunteers are needed to wrap Christmas gifts for our missionary families.Thursday, November 3, 9:00 am, Church Offices Room 201.
Sign up here – Yes, I am coming!
WHY VISIT ISRAEL?
The deadline to sign up for the tour of Israel is looming (12/31/17). So trip leaders Jim Johnson and Steve Vance are doing another Why Visit Israel meeting.
Sunday, November 12 we will meet in 201 of the Church Offices at 5:15 pm and go to 6:45 or so (refreshments included). Steve will give you a good foretaste of what you can expect in the land.
Drop Jim an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know that you will be coming. Then drop your kids off at AWANA and join us. (PS: The trip itself is slated for May 1-11, 2018)
Wake Up Wednesday
Our 60+ team invites you to join us for Wake Up Wednesday on November 8 in Church Offices Room 201. We will be singing the songs of Thanksgiving and hearing a challenge from our FBC missions/outreach guy Steve Vance. We start at 6:30pm.
Don’t forget the many other activities we have for our senior adults. There is a Encore small group (every other Tuesday afternoon), fun day trips, monthly lunches for men and others for women, and seasonal potlucks. Tell your senior friends about us. It’s a warm and accommodating group.
November 5th starts our Sparks Sponsored Food Drive to benefit the less fortunate in our community as we collect canned goods for the annual Longview Food Drive. All food will be delivered on Monday, November 20th.
Grand Prix race cars also go on sale the 5th.
November 12th is CAMO Night
November 13th we will host a Grand Prix car workshop to help parents and clubbers design and build their cars in preparation for the races.
November 19 is the big day as we start race registration at 4:30 with races beginning at 5:30. Come cheer our clubbers to victory.
November 26 we end the month with CRAZY HAIR NIGHT!
Blood Drive Sunday November 12, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Carter Bloodmobile will be in the FBC Parking Lot. Eat well, bring a Picture ID, and come ready to bless our community with the gift of a blood donation.
Dear Everyone at FBC,
Thank to everyone for all your prayers, cards and visits. I’m finally starting to get back to normal. Thanks to the whole church for the pill dispenser, too.