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November 26, 2008

Tonight come celebrate Thanksgiving with our sister churches of the Absecon/Galloway area at 7:00 p.m.  Pastor Ed Davis will be speaking from Luke 18:15-17.  A dessert fellowship will follow in Madden Hall.

Sunday we will begin the Advent Season by gathering at our Lord’s Table.  We will be lighting the first candle on our Advent wreath, the candle of Hope.  Pastor will be speaking from Isaiah 64:1-9.

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There will be a short congregational meeting between services Sunday to elect officers.  The nominations are as follows:

Elder, Class of 2011 – Tom Sooy, Scott Sabo, Janice Bond

Trustee, Class of 2011 – Jan Jorgensen, Judy Stebbins

Deacon, Class of 2011 – Carol Thomas, Cathy Follensbee, Irene Hunter

Deacon, Class of 2009 (to fill an unexpired term) – Carol Kleiner

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The office will be closing today for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen 9:00 a.m. Monday.  We wish you and yours a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

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Please remember in prayer ~

Betty Lloyd – broken wrist from fall

Mildred Felsberg

Jack MacNaughton

Lester Hutchinson

Traveling mercies for all holiday travelers

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How to Be a Pilgrim

The Pilgrims had the courage to act on their commitments, no matter what.

Do we?

Sociologist Robert Bellah, author of Habits of the Heart, is impressed by the power of religion. He once said, "We should not underestimate the significance of the small group of people who have a new vision of a just and gentle world. The quality of a culture may be changed when two percent of its people have a new vision (and act on it)."

Christians make up far more than two percent of our town, far more than two percent of Massachusetts, far more than two percent of Americans. So, why don't we have a greater effect: on issues of the environment, on justice for the needy, on the quality of life on Cape Cod? Could it be we need more courage to act on our commitments? To be a Pilgrim means to stand up for what you believe, no matter what.

To be a Pilgrim also means sharing what you have, and turning thanks into giving. The Pilgrim colonists willingly shared all they had. During their first three years, all property was held in common. At one point, they were down to five kernels of corn per day for food. Still, they divided the corn kernels up equally. And, the original group of fifty that survived the first winter shared their limited food with the sixty newcomers who arrived in the spring.

One of their finest moments came in 1623, at the first real Thanksgiving.

The small colony hosted over ninety Native American braves for three days.

There was eating and drinking, wrestling, footraces, and gun and arrow-shooting competitions. It was the Pilgrims' way of saying "Thank you" to God, and to the Native Americans who had helped them survive. To be a Pilgrim means sharing and turning thanks into giving. How thankful and giving are we?

Alex A. Gondola, Jr., Holidays Are Holy Days: Sermons for Special Sundays, CSS Publishing Company

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday            Communion and First Sunday in Advent

              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Special Meeting of the Congregation

            11:00 Worship & KFC

              1:00 Christmas Play Rehearsal

              2:00 Visioning Team

              7:00 “Christ to Constantine”

Monday

              9:00 Good News Deadline

              1:15 Bible Study

Tuesday

              6:30 Christmas Play Rehearsal

Wednesday    

              7:00 Sarah Circle

Thursday        

              4:30 Lions & Lambs

              6:00 Senior Youth

              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal

              7:45 Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday

              1:30 Ruth Circle

Saturday         

 

 

 

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