November 2017



Dear church family,

The older I get, the more grateful I should be, and the more amazed at blessings.  After all, we live in a pretty stable country, with a good standard of living, in a time of relative peace.  Our family is healthy, more or less.  And there’s food in the pantry for this Thanksgiving.

Sometimes I am deeply grateful.  But more and more I am anxious – and chances are you are too.  By every measure, it seems we are a very anxious country.  

The early church at Philippi was also a stable place, at relative peace, and they were close to the Apostle Paul’s heart.  For some reason, though – we don’t know why – he thought it necessary to write to them:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Be not anxious about anything, but in all things, through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.        Philippians 4:4-7

Be not anxious.  We will be all right.  Pumpkin pie will still be on the table.  Anxiety may sometimes be warranted, but the Lord is near, and truly these are the very days for guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  

With every blessing for your Thanksgiving,

Larry Wood