by Pastor Rich Gizynski
“Give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(Ephesians 5:20 ESV)
“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1 ESV)
As thoughts of pumpkins turn from jack-o-lanterns to pies, we watch the season of fall begin to transition to the beginnings of winter. The leaves have been changing for some time and now are falling to the ground to provide a blanket of color. Lighter jackets are being traded in for thicker and heavier coats to keep warm. Morning frosts glaze the landscape and the rooftops. Displays of ghosts and black cats are coming down to be replaced by images of pilgrims, scarecrows and the bounty of harvest time.
As we turn our calendars from October to November, our thoughts begin to dwell on the approaching holiday season, and even though we may be assaulted in the stores with the commercialism of all things Christmas, our thoughts first lead to our national Day of Thanksgiving.
Today, Thanksgiving is about parades, family gatherings, football, and food, lots and lots of food. But, from biblical times, the concept of a day of thanksgiving was centered around giving thanks and sacrifice for God’s blessing, especially for the harvest. While in Old Testament times the sacrifices were often some form of burnt offering, more recently the sacrifice (if it can truly be called that) is often a matter of time. We take time to worship our provident God, we offer up sweet smelling prayers of
thanksgiving for our daily bread, for our families, and for all the material blessings that He has bestowed upon us. But most especially, most importantly, we give thanks for the salvation that is ours through faith in Jesus Christ, and for the hope of eternal glory and peace with Him now and forever.
This year Thanksgiving is on the 28th. First, I would like to invite you to Peace’s Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27th. This service is a joint celebration with the congregations of Hope and Trinity Lutheran Churches, both in Warren. Secondly, don’t wait until
Thanksgiving Day to recount your blessing from God. I would encourage and urge you to take time each day to think on at least one particular blessing. List them. And maybe begin a new tradition, or continue an old one, of sharing those thoughts with your family as they gather together on that special day in the fellowship of love.
O, let us give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, and His steadfast love endures forever. Amen.
There are many ways YOU can be a Piece of Peace and volunteer!
CHURCH COUNCIL – Comprised of church Chairman/Vice-Chair, Recording Secretary and the Chair of each of the following Boards. They meet once a month.
BOARD OF ELDERS – Assists the Pastor and is concerned of the spiritual welfare of all members.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES – Maintains the church property and looks after repairs.
BOARD OF FINANCE – Manages the finances of the congregation. Financial Secretary/Assistant and Tellers make up this team.
BOARD OF CHURCH EDUCATION – Promotes and supervises Christian Education in the church, including Bible study opportunities.
BOARD OF OUTREACH – Promotes the church and brings the Gospel to the community.
BOARD OF DISCIPLESHIP – Encourages all phases of Christian stewardship, including time, talents, treasures and faith growth.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT – Supervises the Sunday School program, arranges for teachers and orders supplies.
USHERS – They see that the church is open and ready for service and assists parishioners during the service.
MARY MARTHA CIRCLE – All ladies of the congregation are members. They concentrate on missions, mite box offerings, Christian service and fellowship.
CHOIR – Choir rehearses Sundays following Worship Service, directed by Mrs. Kathy Flatt. The choir sings at a church service once per month.
FOOD PANTRY – Open 9-11am every third Saturday of the month; first come basis.