By Nell Dobbs
“’Tis the season to be thankful!” Preacher Gene Stokes’ message for us Sunday morning as he spoke from Jesus’ message in Luke 17 about the ten lepers. Jesus was entering a certain village. The ten men stood far off and in a loud voice they asked Jesus to have mercy on them and He did. He told them to show themselves to the priests and as they went, they were healed! One, when he looked at himself, and saw that he was healed turned back and in a loud voice glorified God, fell on his face at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Where are the nine? Your faith has made you whole!”
The message for us is to give thanks in everything and to everybody and to have an “attitude of gratitude” always.We give thanks for the Awana Cubbies (13 present of the 15 members) under Gina Rutherford and her helpers as they blessed us singing “Jesus Loves Me” and their theme song with actions.
We also give thanks for 16 Christmas shoeboxes, finally reaching our goal of 100 shoeboxes for three years – 116 total and from the Association churches 314 and pray God’s loving hand upon each child who receives a box.
We give thanks to Jargo Clark and family for the beautiful flowers in memory of Dr. William Clark, a memorial of sadness and of joy.
Our church-wide Thanksgiving meal was enjoyed greatly after morning service and appreciated! Thanks to all.
Bless all who thought about and provided the free Thanksgiving Day meal at Pinetta Elementary and those who served and worked hard. May all truly be blessed.
Continued heavy hearts in the sudden death of Mark Quick and prayers for his family.
Sad heavy hearts in the death of Roger McCollum – a brief illness. Prayers for his family.
Sad for Dan Campbell and all their family in the death of his mother, Mrs. Dallas Campbell. Prayers for all and for Dan with heart problems.
Prayers for the many others I don’t know about.
Prayers for the many, many ill ones – our Preacher Larry Law in North Regional Gainesville and his family in his long recovery; for George Osborne in his illness (heart, eyes, feet) and for Estelle and their daughter, Georgette Martinez in her long recovery from a bad fall; for Jane Simmons at South Georgia Medical Center; for Gordon and Hettie Selman (who fell and broke her right wrist and isn’t doing well at all); for Kevin Townsend; and for all others.
May God help us know we are accountable to Him for every breath we make and every action we take.
Let us thank Him for guiding us and providing for us. Amen! and for all His blessings.