I would like to begin this letter, by thanking you all for your gifts and cards for Pastor Appreciation Month. It is a blessing and honor to serve as the pastoral leadership team for Wesley Church! The staff and congregation of this church are absolutely fantastic. It is wonderful working together in ministry for building up the kingdom of God. So, as we begin the month of November I would like to offer my thanks to each and every one of you for your service to Christ and the Church.
Conrad Kocher wrote the following words back in 1838 and they are still appropriate for us to sing today. May they be our words of prayer for this month. “For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind’s delight, for the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child, friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. For thy church, that evermore lifteth holy hands above, offering up on every shore her pure sacrifice of love; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. For thyself, best Gift Divine, to the world so freely given, for that great, great love of thine, peace on earth, and joy in heaven; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.”
This month the church will be holding a Holiday Craft Show on November 11th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The response of vendors has been tremendous and we actually had to start turning folks away. So, plan to come and do some holiday shopping and enjoy lunch to help support the WOW team!
On November 5th, we will be celebrating All Saints’ Sunday in our worship services. It is a time for us to remember those who have entered the life triumphant since last year’s All Saints Sunday. We also remember all those saints who have been important to us in our lives. If it were not for the Saints, the church would not have lasted for so long. We have had a wonderful heritage and look forward to a strong future.
November 11th is a day to honor our veterans and thank them for their service to our country. We are truly grateful for those who have served to protect our rights and freedom as a nation.
On November 12th, our annual church conference will be held at the new Christ UMC in Selinsgrove, by Amato’s Restaurant on route 522 at 4:00 p.m.
On November 19th during our morning worship services, we will celebrate Harvest Home by collecting non-perishable food items for needy families in our community.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your celebrations with family and friends. May God’s peace be with you all!