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OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2022

SMARITAN’S PURSE CHRISTMAS SHOE BOXES

Please either use your own shoe box or get one at the Olin Methodist Church. Fill it with suggested items and bring it to the church by November 6th or to the parish office by November 9th.

         

          

Notes from the Pastor on Thanksgiving

“Give thanks to the Lord, God’s love endures forever.”

That part of Psalm 136 is repeated throughout that chapter.  It is easy to memorize if we repeat it a few times, which is what we have been doing in worship this past month.  Here is a short reflection about each of the words found in those Psalm 136 words.

Give – an action.  How can you ‘give’ this Thanksgiving season?  With words of thanks spoken out loud, written, or expressed?  With another action?

thanks – a heart full of gratitude.  How can you be sure that your thankfulness is genuine?  Think of all that you have been given this year, and how you are, in fact, still here to read this right now.

to the Lord – directed to the One that’s ways and thoughts are higher than our own.  God’s Word often directs us to show love to God by showing love to others.  When we love others, we love God.

God’s – Holy triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  How do you see God most often?  As our Creator?  As Jesus who lived, died, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven?  Or as the Holy Spirit, who lives and reigns in our lives now?

love – What does God’s love look like?  Is it different than our own?  Jesus showed us how to love God and love others in his life, death, and resurrection.

endures – withstands the test of time and circumstance.  Have you encountered any circumstances lately that made you question God’s love for you or others?

forever – beyond time, especially our time.  Many generations have gone before us and have passed on faith in Christ Jesus to you. 

Thank you, God, for loving us.  Nothing can separate us from your love.  Help us to show our thanks for all that you have given us this year.  Amen.

Wapsi Valley Parish Sunday School News

Well, It’s been a couple of weeks since we started Sunday School. We have been learning about Jesus and me, Samuel,  David, and loving our       neighbors.

  Stay tuned for the date, when we will be out in the community loving our neighbors and helping with some yard work and a delicious supper            afterwards for our hard working little disciples.

  We will be starting on a Thanksgiving message for the congregation in  November. Hope you all can attend.

Bless you all!

Jill Limkemann 

Sunday School Director

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