A Thanksgiving Blessing
by Joyce Rupp
May an abundance of gratitude burst forth
as you reflect upon what you have received.
May thanksgiving overflow in your heart,
and often be proclaimed in your prayer.
May you gather around the table of your heart
the ardent faithfulness, kindness, and goodness
of each person who is true to you.
May the harvest of your good actions
bring forth plentiful fruit each day.
May you discover a cache of hidden wisdom
among the people and events
that have brought you distress and sorrow.
May your basket of blessings surprise you
with its rich diversity of gifts
and its opportunities for growth.
May all that nourishes and resources your life
bring you daily satisfaction and renewed hope.
May you slow your hurried pace of life
so you can be aware of, and enjoy,
what you too easily take for granted.
May you always be open, willing,
and ready to share your blessings with others.
May you never forget the Generous One
who loves you lavishly and unconditionally.
— from Out of the Ordinary
*Please note: Church offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th, to allow our staff members to spend the holiday with their loved ones. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Each year as the beauty of the Christmas Season surrounds us, we are invited to give funds for poinsettia plants that will decorate the Sanctuary on December 18th and Christmas Eve, or to give a donation to the Music Program for Advent and Christmas. The flowers and sounds of Christmas make this time of year so special. Thank you for celebrating your loved ones with this gift to our congregation.
You may fill out a donation form in person on Sunday morning, or use this online form; there you will also find a link to NACC’s Paypal, where you may complete your donation online.
We are so grateful for all of the contributions given throughout the NACC 2016 Giving Campaign. The gifts given to our congregation through finances, stories, time, and talents will continue to help this community grow and be a light in this world. If you have not yet had the opportunity to turn in your pledge card, you are welcome to bring it to the church, or call the church office by December 8th. Thank you for your gifts to the life of this church!
This Sunday, we continue our sermon series, Becoming Wise, which asks each of us to consider how we bring, share, and find wisdom together. From the Scriptures and Liturgy, to the stories we bring, to gifts we have received each Sunday, we share our wisdom and are grateful for the wisdom we find in our faith community.
This Sunday, November 20, we will have the opportunity as a community of faith to offer estimates for the investment we feel led to make for resourcing the things we are being called to do as a congregation. We hope you will plan to be here as we set the path for our shared ministry in our community, and around the world.
8:30: Breakfast for All in the Gallery- Biscuits & Gravy!
9:00: Stories & Play for families with children under 12
One of our favorite ways to spend the giving season is through our annual Alternative Gift Market! Partners of National Avenue’s Justice Collaborative that are sponsored by people who call NACC home will be set up and ready to tell you about the marvelous work being done in our community and around the world. As in years past, you will be able to make a contribution to the charity as a Christmas gift for a loved one and receive an ornament and gift card for you to wrap. Disciples Women will be hosting their annual Bake Sale as well. It all begins before church on December 4th! For information about the event or hosting a table, contact Tj Thompson at email@example.com
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In conjunction with the Alternative Gift Market, the Disciples Women will be hosting their annual Bake Sale on Sunday, December 4th in the Gallery! Proceeds will go toward Disciples Women’s missions. Come buy some delicious home-baked goods after worship!