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Pastor's Note
Reverend, Warren R. Carswell

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"Thanksgiving is inseparable from true prayer; it is almost essentially connected with it. One who always prays is ever giving praise, whether in ease or pain, both for prosperity and for the greatest adversity. He blesses God for all things, looks on them as coming from Him, and receives them for His sake- not choosing nor refusing, liking or disliking, anything, but only as it is agreeable or disagreeable to His perfect will."

― John Wesley, How To Pray: The Best of John Wesley on Prayer

During this season of Thanksgiving, let us reflect on the things we are most thankful for. What are those things for you?

Let us find ways to show our thanks by serving others. "Jesus did not come to be served but to serve, and give his life" (Matthew 20:28). What are some ways that from the abundance of our blessings we can bless others this season?

Here are a few ideas:
The Drumstick Dash on Thanksgiving morning is a great way to get moving and raise money for the Rescue Mission.
Serving food to the homeless at the RAM House on November 30th. See Gary Gibson for details.
Visit our local nursing homes.
Invite someone without family to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner with your family.
Take a meal to your neighbors who may be going through a difficult time.

Regardless of the idea, one of the best way to show our gratitude for this season is through our acts of love to others. I pray that you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Grace and Peace,
Warren Carswell
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