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Lower United Methodist Church
November 25, 2020

 

"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"
2 Corinthians 9:15

Of the many amazing gifts that God has given us, the ability to give thanks is a very special one. Giving thanks uplifts our hearts, reminds us we are loved, and produces hope!

Giving thanks can change our past. When difficult memories come back to us, we can change the way we look at those memories by focusing on the aspects that became a blessing in spite of the suffering. In every difficult memory, we can see God in action in our lives and find reasons to give thanks. It is amazing to realize how God's providence and care have been with us all the time!

Giving thanks can change our present. When we take the time to think of the many blessings we have, our hearts move from anxiety to hope, from anger to love, from despair to peace. At the market, the woman in front of me started complaining about the lack of paper towels and toilet paper. I looked at her cart and mine and told her ”Yes, that is very annoying but look at all the other things we are able to get!” Giving thanks helps others have a grateful heart too!

Giving thanks can change our future. When we give thanks, our hearts remember God’s love and providence toward us. We remember other times of our lives when things were difficult and God helped us through every single time. We can trust that his love for us is steadfast and his mercies are new every morning! 

Even though we have no idea how the next couple of months will be, the best way to encounter an uncertain future is with hope. Giving thanks set our hearts in the right direction and encourages us to trust. Thanks be to God for the amazing, indescribable gift of thanksgiving!

Rev. Ileana Rosario

 

Prayer List Updates
Please remember these people
in your prayers:

Carolyn Cox
Coloff's 55th Wedding Anniversary
Carolyn Shank
Jim Johnson
Karen Parker
Louise Kruse

Ann Landon

Family of Wayne Evans' Brother-in-law
Kathleen Kruse's Nephew Wally
Carrie Belvin
Evelyn Beverly
Dylan Noffsinger
Tom Hollingsworth
Virginia Hooper
Vicki Hogge
Merle Henkel
Mary Griffin 
Donna Will's Oldest Grandson
Ms. Carrie
Henry Lackley
Joanie Beatley
Charlene's Brother
Doc Jones

Getting ready for Christ's birth...
Our children will light the traditional Advent wreath as we focus on the anticipation of Christ’s birth leading up to Christmas and in the expectation
of his second coming. 

Please order POINSETTIAS by November 29th.
The cost is $16.50 Please place a completed order form with check in the offering plate or send to LUMC, PO Box 98, Hartfield, VA 23071.

Christmas Eve Services
 We will offer two services: the first outside by the crosses at 6:00 pm and the second one inside the sanctuary at 7:00 pm. 
All are welcome, of course, but due to the pandemic, please register for the 7:00 pm indoor service by contacting the church office at (804) 776-6250 or by e-mail lumc@va.metrocast.net
 
Your continuing response to the Invitation to Give has been remarkable!  We are well on the way to meeting the shortfall on our budget thanks to your generosity.

Our church is alive and well!  Help us continue being a place of worship and blessing for the community with our many programs, missions, worship and outreach. Thank you for your faithful support!
Last week's offering:
$2,437.00
Needed for weekly budget:
$4,130.00

Our offerings to date:
$169,225.50
2020 Budget:
$214,754.00
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