As we now begin the month of November, we give thanks for all October has brought us. We are thankful for a wonderful celebration at the Groveland city park and the “Trunk or Treat” event. Soon we will gather with friends and family around our dinner tables to enjoy the food and togetherness which Thanksgiving Day brings to us.
Yes, we will move from the colors of Fall to the bright colors of Christmas. This is the month we began to transition from the harvest season to the Christmas season. Yet we still stop and take time to be thankful both at worship and for a day of Thanksgiving.
I realize that at times I find myself fighting through reasons to be thankful. I know in the middle of all the downs, both small and deep, that every morning I wake up and, no matter how I feel, choose to get out of bed knowing that God is and still will be on the throne. I know Salvation is right there for the asking if I just choose to believe. Paul reminds us of this in his New Testament Letter to the Colossian. “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:15-17)
Therefore, I am and always will be thankful for the ministry and presence of Groveland Evangelical Free Church and our Mountain community. We provide Sunday morning worship services that help us grow deeper in our belief with God any given Sunday morning. We help couples join into a lifelong relationship together through the covenant of marriage. We help believers celebrate the outward sign of an inward belief with the celebration of a Holy Spirit filled Baptism. We help people discover and ask deeper questions about what it means to have a real relationship with Jesus as Savior. We launch mission experiences to places for adults and young people. This and more give us many reasons to be thankful. These always give me a reason to be thankful for the main mission, the “Great Commission!” You are invited to join any of our area Churches for worship. At Groveland Evangelical Free Church, we worship Sundays at 10:00 am and would love to have you join us.
In Christ Service
Pastor Bob Kandels