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Diaconate Notes (November 2010)

posted Dec 18, 2014, 1:18 PM by Henry McTague
It is with great feelings of hope and renewed anticipation that we will soon celebrate the seasons of giving, Thanksgiving, and beginning of Advent. It is a time during which we can celebrate our many gifts as a Christian community (Consecration Sunday, November 7), our humble beginnings in a brave, new world (Thanksgiving, November 25), and the ever-present gift of Christ’s love during Advent and Christmas.

The changing color of the trees and the slowly cooling temperatures remind us to brace ourselves for more challenging weather ahead. But how are we doing with our “spiritual barometer”? These are tough times for many of us, but what can we do spiritually to help ease the despair? Stewardship and Consecration Sunday provide a plan to spiritual fulfillment by enabling us to prayerfully consider our many gifts, planning ahead, and giving generously of ourselves to the church, whether through volunteerism, assisting others, or providing monetary support. Thanksgiving, especially in the life of Lee Church, is a time when we can collectively be thankful for all of our blessings and instill a sense of hope to others by providing support. Whether through providing food and monetary donations for the food baskets, organizing the baskets with others, or distributing them to the many needy families in our community, we each can find some joy in knowing we are helping others. Advent and Christmas renew in us spiritual hope, but even more so when we reach out to others and share Christ’s message. How can this be accomplished? Consider rekindling an old friendship, befriending a stranger, or inviting a neighbor to our church worship services in the coming weeks. In other words, find new ways to instill His spirit in yourself and others—you will find joy in doing so.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Yours in Christ,

For the Diaconate

Dave Townson and Mauret Brinser, Co-chairs.