Hello friends! November is finally here and that can only mean only one thing Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because Thanksgiving Day is a very unique holiday. We don’t celebrate a battle or anyone’s birthday or anniversary on this day. It is simply a day set aside to express our nations thanks to our nation’s God!

With all my heart I believe we are a people and a nation that has truly been blessed by God. Our forefathers had "a boundless faith in God." This almost sounds strange today in a time when powerful forces are at work in our nation to strip us of every reminder that the very foundation of our nation was built upon the conviction that we are "one nation, under God."

Thanksgiving is a day we as a nation stop, reflect and give thanks to God for all of the blessings our heavenly Father has bestowed on us. As Christians this should be our attitude everyday not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day we should have a grateful heart and always give thanks to God. I truly wish that all of us had the spirit of Thanksgiving all year long! 

I humbly believe that 1 Thess.5:16-18 is a good reminder for us to think about with Thanksgiving being only a few weeks away.  Here is what it says:

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

The Apostle Paul is encouraging us in verse 16, to always be joyful.  And here is why I humbly believe why you and I should be joyful.  We serve a God who walks along- side us during our pain.  We serve a God who does all things for our good. We serve a God who provides all of our needs.  We serve a God who comforts us in all of our troubles.  Our God is our protector in our times of trouble.  He is our healer and Savior.  This is why we should be joyful.  

I hope you and your family will be able to join us during the month of November as we are continuing our sermon series at both worship services in Matthew Chapter five, Jesus Sermon on the Mount. We will discover in this series, Jesus challenging the teachings of the proud and legalistic religious leaders of His day and He is encouraging His followers that God wants heartfelt obedience not mere legalistic observance of laws and rituals.  Furthermore, in this sermon series Jesus will be teaching us a standard of conduct that He wants all believers to follow.  I hope you and your family will be able to join us!   

Wednesday Night Bible Study has started back up from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in our church fellowship hall. We will be going through verse by verse in the book of John.  Please come and join us for coffee, fellowship and good discussion as we study the book of John.

We have so many great things coming up this November at Long’s Chapel: Ham and Egg Supper on Saturday, November 5th from 5-7 p.m.  Family Movie Night on Friday, November 11th we will be showing the Christian Movie, “Miracles from Heaven” at 7:30 p.m. with popcorn and drinks at 7:00 p.m in the Fellowship Hall. Sunday November 13th at 6 p.m. the “Churchmen” will be singing at Long’s Chapel Church and after the concert desserts and drinks will be served in the Fellowship Hall.  Please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page and church website for all upcoming activities that you don’t want to miss!

If you have no church home we would love for you and come and join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward you worshipping our Lord with us!