Pam worked in downtown Chicago and every morning, she encountered a heavyset, middle aged woman in a shabby coat soliciting spare change in front of an old brick church. She greeted everyone with a smile and a pleasant “Good morning.” Pam almost always gave her something. After almost a year of this routine, however, the woman in the shabby coat disappeared. Pam wondered what had happened to her.
Then, one beautiful day, she was in front of the church again, still wearing the same, shabby coat. As Pam reached into her purse for the usual donation, the woman stopped her. “Thank you for helping me all those days,” she said. “You won’t see me again because I’ve got a job.” With that, she reached into a bag and handed Pam a wrapped package. She had been standing at her old spot waiting, not for a handout, but for the people she recognized so that she could give each of them a doughnut.
As Jesus entered a village one day 10 lepers raised their voices saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Jesus healed all ten, however, only one came back “giving thanks to Him.” By Jesus’ response of, “Were there not ten cleansed?” we see His desire that all ten would have returned to say thanks. Only one was turned to action putting all else on hold until he could return to the one who had healed him. Something inside of him told him he’d forgotten the last step in receiving a gift from someone. How many of us parents have said to our children, “and what do you say?” in hopes that our kids adopt a spirit of thankfulness in their lives.
In this coming week, be sure you take time to acknowledge God for his goodness. Be sure to actually be thankful. Don’t miss the opportunity to worship God this week.
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
The Olivet Discourse
Thanksgiving Pie & Praise
WHAT TO BRING:
Small, pop-cans of vegetables, fruit, spaghetti, tuna, soup, meats, peanut butter, applesauce, etc.
Boxes of energy bars, raisins, crackers, etc.
Bags of Ramen noodles, dried foods, etc.
WHAT TO AVOID:
Staples (sugar, flour, salt, pepper, spices, etc.)
Perishables (fresh fruit, fresh produce, milk, bread)
Drinks (carbonated bev., energy drinks, cans of juice)
Salty snacks (potato chips, pretzels, etc.)
Volunteers are needed to help decorate the church for Christmas. If you enjoy fellowship and don’t mind ladders and can help anytime during Nov. 27, 28, or 29 please call or text Barbara Hobbs at 804.986.7166. Decorating begins each day at 9 AM.
Sunday, NOVEMBER 19th
Fellowship Hall, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dress casually and attend with your whole family – including children. 🙂 The cost is free but please bring one pie per household to the kitchen the morning of the event to share that evening. Join us as we will sing, pray, and share stories of God’s goodness!
Sunday, November 19th, is the deadline for Operation Christmas Child Boxes!
Labor of Love
December 2, 8:30 AM to 1 PM
Join us as we care for the leaves in the yards of church members. Sign up this Sunday with a teen at one of the exits or in the Welcome Center. Light breakfast and delicious lunch provided. Bring rakes, leaf blowers, tarps and bags. Any questions contact Jocelyn Carrell, 804.297.8030, or firstname.lastname@example.org
POINSETTIAS– If you would like to order a poinsettia in memory or in honor of a loved one, please email email@example.com or call the church office. The cost will be $12.50 each. The deadline to order is Sunday, November 19.
Thanksgiving Missionary Offering:
Immanuel receives an offering to express gratitude to our missionary family. The total gift is divided among 44 missionary families (active and retired). During this month you may designate a gift by using a Thanksgiving offering envelope in the church or designate a gift online.
Nov. 19 – Thanksgiving Pie & Praise
Nov. 26 – Business Meeting
Dec. 2 – Labor of Love
Dec. 3 – Communion PM Service
Dec. 24 – Christmas Choir Service AM