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Pastor Brad Luck
Novenber 18, 2018
 
 
From the Pastor’s Desk 11/18/18

Reflection
 
O come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and the dry land, which his hands have formed.  (Psalm 95:1-5)

THANKSGIVING

As I think back over this last year, I reflect on the many things to which I can be thankful for; from my first grandchild, a new home in a new place, and a new church with people that I can call family. It has been a big year.

But how could I not think about others that have been through catastrophic life events over the year that make it hard for them to find something to be thankful for. Those that have been affected by flooding, hurricanes, wild fires, shootings, tornados, loss of loved ones, diagnoses of health issues and even the division and conflict in our country. The loss, pain and grief often overshadow the many things to be thankful for.

Yet, let us not forget the blessings God pours out upon his children each and every day. Even in the midst of trials, God provides hope for this hurting and broken world. A hope that we can be thankful in no matter what we are going through.

As you gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving Day, remember your many blessings and thank God for giving them to you and others. Also remember there may be some who do not have others to celebrate with this Thanksgiving. Be mindful of them and consider inviting them to join you in your celebration this year. Allow them another opportunity to be thankful for.

  God bless!

 
 
Prayer Concerns 11/18/18
 
Bill Plumb had back surgery Monday.  Please pray for Jim Kirkman who is hospitalized.  Continue prayer for Vaughn and Shirley Massingill as Vaughn had surgery Monday morning and Shirley continues cancer treatment.  Kristen Olsen asked for prayer for two co-workers--Tiana and her baby as the baby is not gaining weight and Tiffany who was placed on hospice due to sarcoma.  Sandy Olsen and Sandy Wenburg thanked the UMYF for the great job they did raking and their enthusiasm for it as well as the joy in watching these young people grow.  Donna Adams asked for prayer for her daughter's co-worker and friend Stephanie Wheeker as she faces her 16th surgery following a bite from a brown recluse spider in 2010.  Mary Rehberg thanked everyone for their prayers for her brother Byron; he is still in rehab but has turned a corner and is doing much better.   Prayers go out to the Kruse family on the death of Logan Kruse.  Kathy Leslie asked for prayers of thanks for everyone that participated in our annual church conference.  Shirley Massingill expressed her joy regarding the responses coming in of the uses of the reverse offering.  Please also pray for those missing and suffering due to the wildfires in California.
 
 
Calendar of Ministry Opportunities
 
Tuesday November 20 – 10 am Prayer Fellowship
        4 pm Thanksgiving Caring/Sharing (Dundee)
Wednesday November 21 – 10 am Grief Support Group
Thursday November 22 THANKSGVING DAY
Sunday November 25 – 9 am Adult Sunday School Classes (there will be no youth                                                   Sunday School this Sunday)
        10:30 am Morning Worship
        12 noon Hanging of the Greens

Save the Date:
        Thursday December 136:30 pm    UMW Christmas Potluck and Gift Exchange                                                                             Please note time change!

        Saturday December 15 – 9 am UMW Christmas Cookie Walk

Grief Support Group – The Grief Support Group continues to meet at the church on Wednesdays at 10 am.  Please come join us if you would like to participate in this supportive, caring group.

Stewardship Campaign – Our 2019 Stewardship Campaign wrapped up with a “stuffing of the turkey” a dedication of the cards on Sunday.  If you haven’t turned your card in yet, please either mail it to the church or leave it in the church office.  Thank you for your support of the church! 

Dundee UMC Endowment Fund -- As you make long-range financial decisions for yourself and your family, do not forget the Dundee United Methodist Church Endowment Fund. A gift to this fund, no matter the size, offers an opportunity to continue your giving for generations and insures the church and its ministries are sustained for the years to come. Ten Percent of the dividends are reinvested back into the fund as principle and the remaining 90% is used for church maintenance projects, programs and missions.  For more information please contact the church office.

Hanging of the Greens – We’ll begin decorating for Christmas on Sunday.  The Christmas decorations have been brought down and are all ready to go.  If you’d like to help, please see the sign-up sheet or just come on by and lend a hand wherever it’s needed.  See you there!

College students and members of the military – The UMW is looking for the names of our college students and members of the military (church members only, please) so they can prepare Christmas boxes for them.  Please contact Kathy Leslie or any UMW member with the name of your student or service person.

Thanks from Heartbeat!  This year’s baby bottle drive raised $951.12 to support the programs at Heartbeat of Monroe—this was $151.66 more than the $799.46 raise through this campaign last year.  Thank you so very much for your generosity! 

Church office holiday hours – Jill will not have regular office hours either Monday or Thursday this week, but will stop to get messages.  Normal hours will resume Friday at 4 pm.  Messages may be left via email, phone, and the tray on her desk.  Thanks for understanding!
 
 
Birthdays this week:
 
 
 
  There are no birthdays this week.    
 
 
Anniversaries this week:
 
 
 
  Sunday
Friday
November 18
November 23
Veronica & Keith Moore
Jim & Judy Westrick
 
  Have a blessed week!  
 

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