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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"... for I have learned to be content with whatever I have." Philippians 4:11b 

How are we doing with that?  With Thanksgiving next week and Christmas coming quickly it is good, or challenging, or necessary, to think about contentment.  With that in mind I can't help but think of the moments that wipe away concerns, if even for a short time, and bring contentment, or joy, or thanksgiving.

Could go all kinds of directions, but predictably my mind this moment settles on a walk in the park.  It was Choice and I with our two oldest grand daughters (3 month old Daphne has not yet discovered the park).  We were in a spot where a few days before Choice and I had seen a large leopard slug.  And just after mentioning that we came upon an even larger one.  It was a leopard slug of at least 6 inches racing across the path.  (okay maybe the racing part is an exaggeration.)

So we spent some time studying this creature.  A reminder that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.  We are pet free at our house and remain so, even after studying this sleek bit of the Creator's hand.  The point?   A simple moment, filled with foolishness, laughter, even a bit of wonder, and being reminded that I have people to love, and that love me, that there are so many things to see, and hear and taste.

Ah, to be content, even for a moment, with what we have.  How are we doing with that?

In the love of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Father, we are entering a season that celebrates the greatest gift we have ever received, your son.  But we confess that the gifts we think about are ones on wish lists and sometimes we leave you out of it.  Help us see yo this season and celebrate the light you gave to the world.  And may the greatest gift we give this year be in sharing your gift with others.  Amen."  

WEDNESDAY  6:30 P   Vesper Service
                       7:00 P  Adult Choir Practice
THURSDAY     12:00 P All Church Luncheon
                       7:00 P  Council Meeting
SATURDAY    Thanksgiving Basket Distribution
                 (9:00 a shopping, 10 a basket filling)
Youth Game Night has been cancelled for Saturday and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Looking Ahead; 
   Advent Begins November 28th
   Soup/Bread Suppers begin December 1st
   Festival of Trees outing/lunch Friday December 3rd (see sign up sheet in Narthex)