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Springfield Today, November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017 by  
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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

In less than two weeks we will gather around tables with friends and family and celebrate Thanksgiving.  A day set aside to express thankfulness for all that God has done, is doing, and will do. A day to express thankfulness for the country we live in, the freedoms we have, and the sacrifices those have made to have those freedoms. A day to express thankfulness for family, for blessings, and for help in times of hardship.

Recently I read an article that challenged the reader to ask 13 questions of themselves to see how thankful they truly are.  Here are the questions:

 

THANKSGIVING ASSESSMENT

  1. Would the people who live nearest to you characterize you as a complaining person or a thankful person?
  2. When was the last time you sat down to literally count your blessings?
  3. When was the last time you spent time grumbling, moaning and complaining about life?
  4. When you look at your world, are you pessimistic about everything that’s going wrong?
  5. When you look at your world, do find yourself celebrating God’s grace?
  6. Do you view yourself as one who has been constantly short-changed and neglected?
  7. Do you view yourself as one who has been unfairly showered with blessings?
  8. How often do you fill in the blank with grumbling, like “If only I had _____” or “I wish _______ was different”?
  9. How often do you fill in the blank with gratitude, like “I can’t believe God has given me _________”?
  10. In your relationships, are you encouraging friends and family to continue their grumbling?
  11. In your relationships, are you encouraging friends and family to find reasons to give thanks to God?
  12. In your relationships, do you find yourself frequently tearing others down?
  13. In your relationships, do you find yourself frequently building others up?

There really is something to possessing an attitude of gratitude. The Psalmist really seemed to get it. I don’t know if he “felt” like praising the Lord when he wrote the Psalm, but he understood the importance of “choosing” to praise the Lord. It’s in that conscious choosing that our very attitude can be changed into an attitude of gratitude.  The Psalmist wrote in the 150th Psalm:

Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

Let’s ask those questions of ourselves and let’s choose to praise the Lord at all times in many ways!

Think also about this question if you woke up today with only what you thanked the Lord for yesterday, what would you have today?

Start each day with a thankful heart. It will make your whole day better.

 

What You Need to Know…

This coming Wednesday, November 15, from 5:00-6:00 is the Annual Church Family Thanksgiving Dinner. And please invite your friends and family to join us.

Once again we will be purchasing complete Thanksgiving Dinners for those who are in need.  The cost for the dinner is $90 and you can purchase and entire dinner or contribute the cost of half a dinner, $45, or a third of a dinner $30. There’s a flyer in your bulletin that you can fill out if you’d like to contribute for a dinner, or help deliver, or do both.

This Sunday, November 19th, will be St. John Breadline. This is the main fundraiser for the Breadline, who helps to feed the homeless in Springfield.  You’ll be able to purchase loaves of bread for $4 a loaf.

Also this Sunday, November 19th, we will start receiving our Thanksgiving Offering for World Missions.  This is an offering we receive to support our missionaries around the world.  We can’t all go to share the Gospel but we all can give something and this is the most important offering we receive because it’s goes for others so they can hear the Gospel.

During our worship gathering this Sunday, our children will sing a special song from their upcoming musical “The Little Drummer Boy – Behind the Music” you won’t want to miss it. All children will meet in “The Forest” at 10:20am to line up.

Ladies Night Out is December 1st in room #106 at 6pm.  We will be decorating Christmas cookies.

Saturday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. For One Ministry will be presenting the Christmas drama “The Love of the Lamb.”  This will be an awesome way to start the Christmas season and a great opportunity to invite someone to join you for this wonderful time.

If you’d like to participate in the drama they have a few roles still open. They’re non-speaking parts, and they have invited anyone from the church who would like to be a part to join with them. See Sheila Leggett if you’d like to join with them.

Upward Evaluations will be on Friday, December 1st from 6-8pm and Saturday, December 2nd from 9-11am. Contact Tim Tripp to volunteer.

Do you like Texas Roadhouse? Bring in the church bulletin with you on Sundays and 10% of your check will be donated back to our church.

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