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November 19, 2010

“Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.” ~ “Sanctuary” by John Thompson & Randy Scruggs (Hymn #482)

Come and give thanks on this Dedication Sunday. 

Pastor will be speaking from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

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Between services there will be a dedication of an original piece of art by Bill Downer.  The painting, “The Coming of Jesus”, will be unveiled at that time. 

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Harvest Home donations must be received by this Sunday.  A truck will pick up all contributions first thing Monday morning.

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Your estimate of giving card should be placed in the offering plate this Sunday if you haven’t already done so.  Packets will be mailed out soon to those who didn’t pick them up.

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Our community Thanksgiving service will be at The Church of St Mark and All Saints Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 7:00.  Our pastor will help lead.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.  Come and give thanks with our community of believers.

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The Weeknight Bible Study group is going strong.  Our next meeting is on Wednesday, November 24, at 6:30 p.m. - take a break from the Thanksgiving preparation and spend an hour with us learning how the Bible teaches us to "walk the walk".  It's relaxed and informal, and you are invited!  We even have a supervised movie room for the kids.

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Donations of roasted turkeys are still needed for Sister Jean’s Thanksgiving meal.  If you can help please call the church office.

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The church office will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.  All bulletin information should be in the office by Noon on Tuesday, November 23.

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Please remember in prayer ~

Al Smith – eye surgery

Eddie Haldeman

Tammy Suarez – comfort on loss of her dog

Essie Newell

Laura May St. John - hospitalized

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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            Consecration/Christ the King Sunday            

              8:45 Breakfast

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments & Dedication of Painting

            11:00 Worship & A2J

              7:00 Pastors’ Study     

Monday

              1:30 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth

              7:00 Finance Committee      

Tuesday

              7:00 Trustees    

Wednesday    

              6:30 Bible Study

              7:00 Community Thanksgiving Service at St Mark & All Saints

Thursday         Happy Thanksgiving!

                        Office Closed

Friday              Office Closed

Saturday

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Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - I Corinthians 13:7
 
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Absecon, New Jersey 08201
 
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