My vows to you I must perform, O God.  
I will render thank offerings to you.

(Psalm 56:12)

I am thankful for our seven new members who joined St. John last month.  You can get to know these fellow Beloved Disciples Making Disciples—including seeing their picture so you know who they are—in our November newsletter, posted under ‘news’ elsewhere on our website.  Be sure to give them a warm St. John welcome when you see them around church.

I am thankful for Lois Sharp’s faithful years of service as St. John’s custodian; please join me in praying for God’s blessings upon her as she hangs up the mop and moves on to other adventures.  I am thankful for an awesome and loving staff, a committed Council, and a character building school that meets in our building, led by people of character themselves.

I am thankful for warm quilts, school kits and health kits collected from all parts of Northeastern Indiana (and beyond!) to be sent to those in desperate need of them.  I am thankful for warm meals being served weekly free of charge to any who wander in from the increasingly colder outside.  I am thankful for money gladly given to the Good Samaritan Fund, used to help both members and neighbors in need.  I am thankful for the growing number of people caring for our homebound brothers and sisters in Christ, including our fledging Caring Visits ministry.

I am thankful for faithful bulletin and slideshow makers, deacons, ushers, altar guild, offering counters, soundboard team members, noisy offering collectors, organists and pianists, choir and handbell members, pew card replacers, acolytes and assisting ministers, without whom we would not be conducting regular and meaningful weekly worship.

I am thankful for the gifts of faith, family, fall, friendship, fun, food, flowers, flavors, and the Fort—just to name a few ;-).

And in all these ‘thankfuls,’ let me clear—lest there be any doubt—that they are directed to God, the giver of all good gifts, and no one else.  My vows to you I must perform, O God; I will render thank offerings to you.  Let us all be full of thanks—thankful—at all times (not just November!) and in all places (not just in church!).  Amen!

Thankfully Yours,

Pastor Paul

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