“The Lord said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.” So at the Lord’s command Moses sent them out from the Desert of Paran. Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Numbers 13:1-2, 30-33
As you gather around the table this thanksgiving – whether it be with friends or family – in a small gathering or virtually -- or if you find yourself helping and serving others – be sure to include everyone in the table grace!
It can be as simple as taking turns around the table to “give thanks”. Here are some prayers – traditional and not-so-traditional to guide you this Thanksgiving.
Traditional Prayer For each new morning with its light; for rest and shelter of the night; for health and food; for love and friends; for everything thy goodness sends, we give you thanks. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Superman Prayer Thank you Lord for giving us food! Thank you Lord for giving us food! For the food that we eat here! and the friends that we meet here! Thank you Lord for giving us food!
Rev. Susan M. Ranous, Deacon of Stewardship
WebMD has this to say about food insecurity: “Most people can go to the grocery store and buy the food they need, but not everyone can get enough healthy food easily. This is called food insecurity, and it can look different for different people…Low food security is when the food you eat is lower-quality or isn’t very appealing, and you don't have many choices. But you typically get enough food. Very low food security is when you can’t get food when you need to or you have to eat less because you don’t have money or other ways to get it.” It goes on to say that food insecurity can lead to lifelong illness such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It also affects children’s health.
In November, we will meet via ZOOM on Tuesday, November 17 to discuss Everyday Gratitude. I am giving each participant a free copy as a small gesture of my gratitude for all that you do to make this book club successful. Please come in the office for the book or make arrangements for it to be delivered to you. While we have been on a Pandemic-induced hiatus, I expect us to get back to some form of normal this month. You will receive a ZOOM invitation in advance of the meeting.
Our December meeting will be Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. We will discuss The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackey
Knit, crochet or whatever craft you are interests you!
Beginning October 5th
We meet in the church conference room (#104) on Mondays, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Interested? Please call Linda Miller (315-440-6049) or (315-638-2509)
Welcome back to Sunday School!
Starting October 4th, Sunday School will be offered during the Praise and Worship service at 11:00 am for children 12 and under. For children 13 and older, we are offering a gathering time on Sunday evening at 7:00 pm in the chapel. We ask that children wear masks and maintain social distancing during class. Games, scriptures, and fun included! Hope to see you there!