Pastor’s Corner

November is the month of Thanksgiving. On Thursday, November 23rd, we will gather with family and friends to enjoy a meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and other family favorites. In October, at our famous turkey supper, we got an excellent preview of what thanksgiving day feels like, and tastes like!
As Christians, we enjoy Thanksgiving Day every day. The word of God tells us,
“The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” (2 Chronicles 5:13).
As a church, God has been good to each and every one of us. He has given us the strength to continue the work needed to be an example of Christian love and faith in our community.
2 Corinthians 9:11 tells us, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
Our generosity to Our Churches Wider Mission and Phoebe Ministries are just two of the examples of benevolence Emmanuel UCC provides that makes a big difference. Thank you so much for your going above and beyond in presenting your tithes and offerings to these wonderful missions! The enrichment we feel is not just about money. The enrichment can be seen in our actions within the church and our communities, and also our global community.
Another enrichment that we experience are our wonderful youth. You can look forward to our youth group starting up again, and also a working relationship with the local scouting groups. The book of Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” This is a truth, and I feel that seeking out more of our young people will lead them to us, so they also can experience this enrichment and thanksgiving experienced through our church. Not just on Sunday morning, but all day, all week, all year long!
Recently, I held a meeting for those ministers interested in the Crossroads Ministerium. We will continue to meet on a monthly basis as we are all in agreement that unity is the way to continue our work in the community and our world. So, in closing, we are thankful, we are blessed we are enriched, and we are together. This all happens through the wonderful work of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Remember, with God, all things are possible! Peace be with you,

Pastor Lou Aita

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