Faith United Methodist Church has a monthly newsletter (“The Faith Circuit Rider”) available for the congregation in print form on the first Sunday of every month. It is also available as a PDF, and is now posted on the website. If you would like to receive a copy by email send the editor, Kim Goodin an email.
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Below is our pastor’s article for the November 2019 newsletter:
Christmas decorations already line the store shelves. Before Halloween has been
celebrated, we are already thrust into the frenzy of the Christmas season. But wait!
November has its own place in the church calendar, an important one. We celebrate
two key events that bring us closer to our Christian roots, to God and each other. At
the beginning of November comes All Saints Day and then toward the end,
This year we will be celebrating All Saints Day on Sunday 11/3. This is a day of
remembrance for us as we honor all Christians who have gone before us in the faith.
This great cloud of witnesses is made up of our local community of faith and the
church universal. This day gives us an opportunity to be grateful for our past.
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when people gather with friends and family to give
thanks. It is a harvest festival and a day to give thanks for all God’s blessings. We
honor the day that the Native Americans helped the first immigrants to this country.
Without them, those early colonists may not have survived. Thanksgiving has a long
history dating back to 1619. Our Thanksgiving worship will be on 11/20. This day
helps us express gratitude in the present.
I would like to challenge you to cultivate a spirit of gratitude in your life this month.
Often, we focus on what we don’t have. What if we spend time focusing our
thanksgivings to God for what we do have? Start a gratitude journal. Write 3 things
each day that you are thankful for and pray those thanksgivings to God. Though we
set aside a special day every year for Thanksgiving, giving thanks to God should be
a daily practice. Practicing gratitude will also enhance your attitude.
Three of my personal gratitudes are serving two wonderful congregations, living in
the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, and finding God so easily here in
nature. I would love to hear some of your gratitudes.
So, let’s be grateful people for our past, our present and what God will do in our
If you, or anyone you know, would like a call or a visit, please let me know and I will
make time in my schedule. I look forward to getting to know you better.
Your sister in Christ,
O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to you forever.