It's November already! Greetings in the mighty and wonderful Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. First, I would like to begin this month's Link by specially thanking Ann and Ray Thomas and all others who helped, including our Trail Bosses-for leading our Pony Express Saddlebag Stewardship Campaign. At present, we are approaching our goals, but are not quite there yet. With God's help, we will. We had a full house at Windham Hall for our Victory Dinner last Sunday night, in celebration of everyone's hard work and the pledge promises or estimatated giving made. God's blessing on everyone who participated and all who have responded so thoughtfully. We still look forward to hearing from some of you, expecially if you are no longer local to the area. Remember, if you are in about a 100 mile radius, you can still hear us (on a one week delay) on the radio at 9am Sunday mornings on 100.1 fm.
Time seems to accelerate this time of year. Summer is past. The holidays are quickly looming ahead. So let's just pause, take a deep breath and just praise the Lord! In November we have Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving, with Christmas right behind in December. How does one keep their energy and composure as we approach year's end? I have found that one of the best ways to approach the holidays is not to view them as single days. Thanksgiving should not be looked at as a single day so much as a season. What kind? Well, Jesus told us he was going to give us a joy no one could rob from us, so we should have a faith that develops a season of thanksgiving in our hearts that continually gives thanks for Jesus' continual presence in our hearts. "These things have I spoken to you that My joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full." (John 15:11) Also, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in christ Jesus for you." (I Thessalonians 5:18)
Those persons who most enjoy the holidays are the ones who also keep their perspective of what they represent. The people that the most depressed, grumpy and hard pressed this time of year are the onew who really are not in the "spirit of the season." Thanksgiving and Christmas are holidays, emanating from our Christian heritage, from actual historical events, that we whould celebrate. Veteran's Day reminds us that freedom is precious and does not always come free and easy, but freedom is always best. We will have special services to honor our Veterams amd services themed to the holidays. Come! Alice and I look forward to our first Thanksgiving and Christmas with our new Church Street UMC family!
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Jim Meadows
New Church Secretary: Give a warm Church Street welcome to a Selma native, Mrs. Kathy Harrison. She began Nov. 1. Her office hours will be M-F, 8:30am-2:30pm.
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