Thanksgiving vs Thanks Living?

Do you have an attitude of gratitude? I know Thanksgiving is over and we have started the Advent season but bear with me. This was a very popular saying a number of years ago. As I sat back on Thanksgiving Eve grumbling about some injustice, at least in my eyes, I was shaken a bit as I thought about the families that received a basket from the LWML the other night. Their home seemed a little sparse to my eyes but the love and warmth in that house made it a home.

One little basket of food made a large difference to those families, while it might be something that some of us take for granted. Do we remember to give thanks for all that we have been blessed with? How about the Christmas Angels that we sponsor for the foster children or the backpacks of school supplies? We should be giving thanks indeed! Not just on one day a year but year round.

With an attitude of gratitude, our thanksgiving can indeed become thanks living. If we are busy thanking God for what He has given us I think we’ll find it much harder to grumble about any perceived unfairness. It works both ways too. If we are busy giving thanks we will find out we have less time to grumble about someone or something else. When you start counting your blessings you’ll find out that things aren’t nearly as unfair as you think that they are.

God tells us to give thanks, rejoicing in the Lord always! (Philippians 4:4). Psalm 107 tells us directly: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” There’s a whole list! Psalm 100:1-5, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Psalm 7:17, Ephesians 5:20, Hebrews 13:15, Colossians 3:15, and the list could go on.

As we move past Thanksgiving and into Advent and Christmas, let’s not leave our thanks to God behind in the New Year but keep it up all year long!

On a side note, the last several months have passed by rather quickly. I would like to thank everyone who thought of me during Pastor Appreciation Month. It is a blessing for me to serve as your pastor and I appreciate your kindness and gifts.

God’s Blessings as we enter into the Advent season and await the news of Christ’s glorious birth in Bethlehem!

In Christ!

Pastor K


Advent Services


Advent Services will be held each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. with the theme:

Behold the Child

Join us each Wednesday in December prior to Christmas Day

God’s own Son is born a child . . . ;God the Father is reconciled.

What peace is found in those words. As the Church draws nigh to the Nativity of Our Lord, many also draw nigh to the harsh reality of broken families and friendships. 

Christmas Eve Children's Servie

Join us as our children lead us in worship with the theme: Behold the Child.

The service begins at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The service will close with the singing of Silent Night by candlelight.

Mark this joyful event on your calendar so you don’t forget: Behold the Child children’s Christmas service. Let the joy about Jesus’ birth fill your heart!

Christmas Day Celebration

Christmas Day Worship Service

with Holy Communion

The Service begins at 10 a.m.

Behold the Child

"This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary."

Come and celebrate the Gift of Glory in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

New Year's Eve Worship with Holy Communion

Join us as we end the year in Worship. We give thanks for our Lord's Blessings of 2019 and look forward to the Year of our Lord, 2020.

The Divine Service begins at 7 p.m.

  December 2019  
Upcoming Events


Women's Bible Study
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Bible Study open to all women. We are currently studying a book by Max Lucado. Books are available but are not required to participate in the study.


Midweek School and Confirmation Classes
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Midweek School and Confirmation from pre-k through 6th grade.
Please call the church office for more information.
Choir Practice
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Come on in and sing a spell! Choir meets in the practice room at the church; everyone is welcome.
Midweek Advent Services
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Join us weekly for our Midweek Advent Services. This years theme is: Behold the Child


Women's Bible Study
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Meets in the Young Adult Calssroom at the church. All ladies welcome!
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