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Weekly Update for November 24, 2021


Many families will gather around tables this weekend, hold hands, and express gratitude for the things and people in their lives. This is great because it’s easy to get focused on tasks and projects, doing one thing after another, only to forget to slow down and say thank you to the people that mean the most to us.
The apostle Paul writing from prison to the believers in Philippi began his letter by saying, “Every time I think of you I give thanks to my God” (Philippians 1:4, NLT). The apostle Paul uses several different verbs throughout his letters to express the idea of gratitude and thankfulness. One commentator suggests that Paul does so 46 times in his letters.
Examples are:

  • “Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world” (Romans 1:8)
  • “I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 1:4)
  • “We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Colossians 1:3)
  • “We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly.” (1 Thessalonians 1:2)
  • How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy as we enter God’s presence.” (1 Thessalonians 3:9)
  • “Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing.” (2 Thessalonians 1:3)
  • “Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.” (2 Timothy 1:3)
  • “I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon,” (Philemon 4).

Paul had no hesitation expressing his gratitude to the people he ministered to and with. Likewise, we should have no hesitation either. If you work with people be sure to express your gratitude to them this week. Take time to send them a card, make a phone call, or send a text message this Thanksgiving weekend so that they know you appreciate them. The apostle Paul expressed his gratitude regularly and I think it’s a good practice that we do the same.
Pastor Christopher

-For our church missionaries: Nickel, Futch Family, Tice Family, and Noteboom Family
-Marci's recovery
-Judy's sister, Orma
-Denny's health and treatment options
-For the first responders in our city, county, and nation. 
-Toby, Joe and Judy's son
-For the persecuted church around the world
-For Jamie and Jerry who came to our Harvest Party and asked for prayer
-For Judy's health and recovery from illness
-Strength for those battling depression as the holidays approach
-For Nancy's son, Joe
-Church Christmas Decorating, November 28. We will be having a church Christmas decorating party after the service. Please let Pastor Christopher know if you would like to help decorate our church! 
-Kids Ministry Helpers. We have created a signup sheet for the rest of the year. If you can assist as a "helper" one Sunday a month that would be a tremendous help. Thank you. 
-Church Potluck, December 12. Please bring a dish to share and enjoy some food and fellowship after the service.
-Christmas Eve Service. Details coming soon.
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Moses Lake, WA 98837

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