As part of the FUMC tradition of Soup, Salad, and Song, the Pineywoods Pick’rs once again participated. Also, the Pineywoods Pick’rs were surprised when they arrived at the Hemphill Care Center for their final monthly performance. The residents chose them this year to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2017.
. . . that so we might after a special manner rejoice together,
. . . And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us,
. . . yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”
Just like the Pilgrims and Native Americans many of our church family and friends gathered together to celebrate Thanksgiving on November 23. As did the Pilgrims, we also thanked God for our bountiful harvest of Faith, Friends, Family, and Food.
There were 27 rejoicers in attendance along with Sebastian, the service dog…and there was an abundance of food, food for 100! Everyone enjoyed the great Christian fellowship and sharing their family with church friends.
While November marks a celebration of thanksgiving in the U.S., finding time to thank God is part of our daily discipline as United Methodists. This video meditation features a shortened version of a prayer of thanksgiving. You are encouraged to share or download this video to use in Sunday School classes, before or during worship, or with your friends and family. View at umc.org/videos
A Thanksgiving Prayer
(by Rev. Linda McDermott, First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, Texas)
God who loves us, who deserves our gratitude for so much that is good,
We offer our prayers of thanksgiving to you:
For the beauty of the earth — bright orange leaves mixed with green, a gentle rain, a spider’s delicate web.
For friends, for family, even acquaintances who offer us kindness, who bring us laughter, who hold us to a higher standard.
Lord of all that is good and nourishing to our well being, we give you thanks.
How we must try your patience with our pettiness!
All of life is a wonder. The very breath we take, the ability to rouse ourselves each new day, a single blade of grass that holds such miracles of symmetry, a tiny distant star whose real size boggles our minds.
We take our lives for granted — as if it were our right, and not our gift.
We take our days and our loves and our passions for granted — as if tomorrow will verify their importance and our present moments have other things to occupy us.
Gracious God, who lavishes goodness upon us even in some of our darkest moments, help us to see your goodness, remind us to have grateful hearts, give us receptive minds, and grant us ever-gracious ways of living in harmony with each other.
And in our gratitude, make us to be instruments of your peace.
The images in the video meditation were taken by photographers from various United Methodist agencies and conferences.
This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.
from 2015 Betty Doss / Shirley Perkins – Kitchen help, ready to serve a delicious lunch.
Pastor Grant Barnes, Alan White, Bob Byars, Buzz Foster, Wayne Rawls,
Doug Oliver, Jerry Gilcrease, Wilmer Byers, Jim Bynum, Don North,
and Model Assistant Joe Griffin
from 2016 Liz Briggs
The 25th Annual Style Show and Luncheon, “Moments to Remember,”
will be Friday, November 10, 2017.
Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
serving begins at 11:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall;
Call Donna at 787-2183 for more information or see the following article.