November 1, 2019

Giving Thanks

It's November!!!  Wow, where has the year gone?  It seems like just yesterday we were scraping our car windows off and wearing the warm clothes.  Now we are on the verge of doing it all over again and in the interim, a lot has happened.

But rather than reminisce and rue the quick passage of time, I want to focus on the giving of thanks.  I mean after all, November is the month of our celebrating Thanksgiving, so why not get an early start.

I am thankful for many things both heavenly and earthly.  I am thankful for the grace of God in my life and his love as shown through his son, Jesus Christ.  I am thankful for my family.  These are the heavenly and earthly gifts for which I am most thankful.

I am also thankful for the church.  Both the great world-wide church, but also our little piece of it here at Long Grove Community of Church.   There are many reasons for my being thankful for this "little church with a big heart" but the one that is foremost in my mind happened this past Saturday night. 

Every fall we hold a fundraising dinner for two children's homes that we have supported over the years.  Home of Love in India and Rotolu Children's Home in Nigeria.  Both of these ministries take in children who are at risk in their respective countries.  Children who are often orphaned, homeless and at risk of being abused by others for sordid gain. 

These ministries house, clothe, educate and love these children.  They are given an opportunity to learn about the love Christ has for them as expressed through the support of churches like LGCC.  Most of the children upon becoming adults go on, with the support of these two ministries, to obtain university and technical degrees that enable them to obtain productive employment; thus they become positive contributors to their communities.

And it is our privilege to support them each year with a fundraising dinner that includes raffles, silent auction, and drawings for prizes.  It is an evening of food, fun, and fellowship - all for the purpose of helping these children escape poverty, isolation and hopelessness.  It is a collaborative effort by a few to bless the many who attend and ultimately the children.

This year our food was completely donated as were the silent auction items and raffle prizes.  This meant that every dollar raised is able to go to these two homes.

Here are some of pictures from that night, including a couple of folks who helped make it happen:

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So why am I thankful?  Because our church cares and is willing to take action.  Thus my belief that we are a "little church with a big heart". 

What are you thankful for this year?  Maybe it isn't so much what you have received as a blessing as it is seeing others blessed because a few folks thought it worth coming together and seeing what can be done in the name of Christ.

If you are looking for a place to be a part of something bigger than yourself, then check us out.  We have a special Thanksgiving service on Wednesday evening, Nov. 27th at 7 pm.  Why not join us?  We call it praise and pie.  We talk about what we are thankful for and then top it off with a piece of pie. 

Or join us during our Advent Season.  We will write more about that in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, the long and short of it is we all need to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.  That is an important value here at LGCC.  So give it a shot.  See what we are about. 

Oh, and before I forget, Happy Thanksgiving!!

Pastor Bill

Last Published: December 5, 2019 10:26 AM
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