It has been about five months now that we have been together. In that time, I have felt an abundance of Gratitude as I have listened to many of you share how God and North Broadway UMC have shaped your lives.
You have probably noticed that each Sunday morning in November, before the offering, either I or someone else has shared the impact of God’s presence in our lives. We have heard stories about how lives are changed because of God’s love shown through our presence in each other’s lives as a part of this North Broadway UMC community.
Last Sunday I invited people to share on their communication card the ways in which they are thankful this year. In addition to those who wrote a note, some folks verbally shared their feelings of thankfulness with me, and others took the time to email me. The following is what I have read or heard from you. We are thankful for:
- family and reunions with far away family
- health progress
- new relationships
- a God who allows me to doubt and ask questions
- the new nursery
- the way we sing to new babies when they first come to worship
- a healed and powerful relationship with the Children’s Center
- the Church Staff
- a place for youth to explore and learn the difference between the ways of the world and the ways of God
- support and prayers from NBUMC family
- a community that welcomes All People regardless of…
- the commitment to social justice from NBUMC
- the way we lifted up those that have passed away in the last year
- the way NBUMC reaches out to the community with kindness
- Methodist eldercare
- the excitement about the future of this community
- the College Connection ministry
With all of this thankfulness called out above, I encourage you to continue adding to this list in the coming months. Be generous friends in a world that needs our love and care—it starts right here with all of us.
I have enclosed a list of many of the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany events coming up in the next month or so. We look forward to celebrating with all of you.
Grace and Peace,