Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the
poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.
— A.W. Tozer

Time is moving so swiftly - can you believe it's just 10 days until the beginning of Advent?  This is always such a wonderful - and terribly busy - season of the year.  We look at the calendar and see the rehearsal times until Christmas musical are few.   We begin to think about decorating the worship center for the Christmas season.  But for this week, I want to just stop and be thankful.  Have you considered how God has blessed us in this past year.  We celebrated the retirement of our beloved pastor and his wife as they made the move to Oregon.  We sought the Lord together through prayer to bring us a new pastor, and he did that in such a wonderful way.  We have been blessed by new vision and the faithful proclamation of the Word by our pastor.  We have seen many new additions to our church family and a number of folks being baptized.  Lord, you have truly blessed us, and we are so thankful!

The Lord's Day began in such a wonderful way with the orchestra sharing "Revive Us Again."  Thanks again, orchestra folks, for the wonderful job you do each week.  The choir did a splendid job singing "Keeper and Sustainer" - which fit so well with the message from Psalm 121.  Now, I'm looking forward to next Sunday when the orchestra will begin the service with "Give Thanks" and the choir will be sharing the wonderful new song "Overwhelmed."  On Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. we will have our annual Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal.  We look forward to a great time together as we share a meal and enjoy the fellowship.  After dinner, we will be decorating the worship center for Christmas - come and help if you can.

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, our 2015 musical, is not far away!  I hope you are spending time learning the music....but more than that I hope you are praying about those you can invite to join us on Dec. 13 as we sing and extend the invitation to everyone that in Christ we can truly "come home."