Dear Friends in Christ:
"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133)
That's how it felt on Sunday, even though a few of our kindred had to be away from church. Many of our folk are traveling for the holidays; please hold them in your prayers for safety.
Thank you for your kind words, after I managed to bring us through our worship service whilst sick. Since Sunday, that cold has to have morphed from sore throat/squeaky voice to "swamp monster" status, which I hope is progress. But because of that, I think I am going to remain at the manse and rest. With a little rest (plus fruit smoothies, chicken soup and more) I should be well enough to lead us through our service for Marge McKenzie on Saturday and of course "Christ the King" Sunday.
Remember - the service for Marge begins at the cemetery at 10 AM, which means the church service should be around 10:45/11:00AM at the sanctuary.
Robin Cherry is taking names of all those who can contribute some food to the reception afterwards. Please call her/text her or email her at 403-8983 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! She is looking for side dishes, salads and perhaps desserts to accompany the brisket they have ordered.
Thanks to all who made the Christmas Child Shoeboxes this year! Eric Rivera and I delivered 14 of them to the Methodist Church on Sunday after church dinner. Corinne Hayes informed us that our little contribution put them over the 300 mark! Nice job!
In other news - Remember I was subpoenaed to testify about the break-in at our church? They cancelled the hearing at the last minute and I do not know why. Maybe it was for the best.
This week -
Today - Let's cancel yoga (again!) since I am the swamp monster and it is a holiday week anyways.
Wednesday - Exercise group meets tomorrow at 9:00AM. I hope to be in the office that morning.
Thursday - Happy Thanksgiving. Spend your day with people who love you.
Friday - I will be in the office that morning.
Saturday - Service of Witness to the Resurrection for Marjorie Cato McKenzie 10:00AM Tucumcari Cemetery, then proceeding to the church.
Sunday - Worship Christ the King 11:00AM.
Saturday, December 2nd - Men's Breakfast 8:00AM, Hanging of the Greens 9:00AM
Sunday, December 3rd - First Sunday in Advent
For more information on our holiday events, please visit "Calendar of Events" on our website.
Our nation and the world
Ryan, who has traveled home to Hawaii for the holidays
Darlene Martinez family, especially husband Rosendo
That our Shoeboxes bring news of great joy to children around the world
Those who are lonely and/or grieving during the holidays
Friends, if I do not see you around town this week, I hope that you have a joyful Thanksgiving. God be with you till we meet again.
Much love (and turkey),
Grace, Mercy and Peace be with you.
God is merciful and good. For those who haven't heard, I have been at the manse an awful lot lately, as Jackson Glass has been here, in and out, replacing all the 1950's windows with brand new ones. Since I have pets, I have been working out of the house a lot.
We are heading into the holiday season and before you know it, it will actually be Thanksgiving! We have several things going on at the church in the coming weeks, so let's begin with those:
Today - No Yoga. Sorry! I can't seem to get away to set us up.
Tomorrow - Exercise, Eat and Pray will meet at 9:00AM
Friday - Sharon and I will be working in the office in the morning
Saturday morning @10AM - there is a Disc Golf Clinic out at the new Disc Golf Course - for those who want to learn about the sport! Also that Saturday.
Saturday Morning, @11AM - bell choir practice!! Please try to come since we won't have a lot of time before the Cantata is here.
This Sunday, November 19th - After worship is Potluck Dinner (AKA, "Carried In"). CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES DUE (I'm not yelling at you :)
Next Week and Beyond:
For the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, November 25th, it looks like we will have a funeral service for Marjorie C. McKenzie. In case you missed my email yesterday and the phone calls going round, she joined the Church Triumphant yesterday morning, thus completing her baptism. Her health decreased rapidly over the last 1-2 weeks and by Sunday she seemed ready to join Blevins. Please hold all the family in your thoughts and prayers, as they prepare for her funeral and all the other things that must be done. More details to follow. We shall miss her so.
December 2nd, Saturday, 8:00AM - Men's Breakfast, Fellowship Hall. Guys are invited to stick around and help us decorate :)
December 2nd, Saturday, 9:00AM - We will meet for the Hanging of the Greens. Come on out and help us deck the halls! The next day is the first Sunday in Advent, believe it or not!
December 9th, Saturday, 12:00 Noon - Presbyterian Women Christmas Party! We are having food ordered and brought in, so you don't have to cook (Christmas cookies are always welcome, however)
December 15th, Friday 7:00PM - Christmas Cantata at Center Street United Methodist.
December 16th, Saturday 6:00PM - our Church's White Elephant Christmas Party. Does anyone who got the 'Mailbox' last year? Please bring it wrapped and full of candy for the party!
Burglary/Break-in Update: Your pastor has been subpoenaed to Magistrate Court on Monday, 11/20 to provide information on items stolen/damage done during the October 7th break-in. Anyone who needs to talk to me about this, please get in touch with me. I appreciate any information you have yet to give to me.
In Related News...Wayne and Sharon saw a deal they couldn't pass up. The church office has a computer again! But now we have to get a compatible printer, as the one we have won't speak to the new computer.
Thanksgiving for veterans and their families
For our troops currently serving
The McKenzie Family in their grief
Ryan Pottenger, who is heading home to Hawaii for the holidays
For the homeless (yes, we have homeless) as it gets colder
LoVone's sister, Jo, as she travels home to Ohio
Sydney Goldston, who is traveling A LOT this week
Friends, with a prayer in your heart, let the Lord lift you up this week! See you around the neighborhood.
The Lord be with you,
Friends in Christ, I hope that this week is finding you well.
"Well" - in spite of the awful news we heard after church this past Sunday, of the shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas. I know you share with me the same sadness, shock and disbelief. We have probably thought about how much we have in common with them: small town, small church, and similar social problems. And we know that there are aspects of our life together which will always make us vulnerable:
Always looking skyward isn't the full answer however, as it is our role to care for each other and guard what belongs to God. Please just stay alert, without being excessively suspicious. And continue always to place all your worries into the hands of Jesus Christ, who is our example. I urge you to keep going to church, for let's not allow these troubled and violent people to prevent us from publicly worshiping the Lord, our primary mission to the world.
If you would like to talk to me privately about these other other concerns, I hope you will contact me at email@example.com.
Undeterred from the ministry God has given us, we are getting into the holiday planning, as we look ahead at dates for special activities.
Think about finding some moments of silence, so you can strengthen your connection to the Living God. The Nicene Creed calls the Holy Spirit, "The Lord, the Giver of Life." Let that be so for you. The Lord, the Giver of Life is our well of peace and hope. Remember regularly to return to the Spirit throughout this season of busy-ness! Even if it is for just 5 minutes...
Today, Yoga is cancelled, since people are going every which way.
This evening, our Elders have a Session Meeting starting at 6:00PM.
Tomorrow, Exercise, Eat and Pray meets at 9:00AM.
Tomorrow evening - Christmas Cantata Practice at 6:30PM (not 7:00)
Thursday, I'm out and about visiting folks.
Friday, I'll be in the office
Saturday, November 11th at noon the PW has their business meeting
Sunday, 2nd Sunday of the Month is of course, Worship!
Family and friends of Jess Weaks, who passed away last week. Obit can be found here: Jess W. Weaks
Marjorie C. McKenzie "Grand-Marge" - not well, has been prescribed oxygen
The people of Sutherland Springs, Texas, for their terrible grief
Eric Rivera - shoulder and leg injury, waiting for test results
Travelers, including Margie Gene, who is out of the country
Mack McCord (husband of Jerrene McCord [Bradley])
Thanksgiving for Wayne and Sharon's keys to their new house (and prayers that the electricity hookup gets done soon)
For our city and county's First Responders
For those serving our nation out of the country during the holidays
For Dr. Jean's family who have lost another loved one in Ft. Sumner (a relative of her brother-in-law)
Friends, it may be cloudy and a bit chilly out there. Give thanks that it's not 106 degrees! I hope that you can make this a great week and may God bless you and keep you wherever you find yourself.