One thousand Christmas Parade packets were assembled Friday morning. There were fourteen workers there and the whole thing was done in a little over an hour.
The folks at Bethany Baptist Church enjoyed a bountiful Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the trimmings, Sunday noon. Then after finishing off with pumpkin pie and whipped cream, the folks went back into the auditorium for a program of Thanksgiving music. The Jubilee Singers sang “Bringing in the Sheaves.” Dan Stillings sang “Thank you.” Some members of the youth group did a medley of Thanksgiving Songs. Darlene Sorensen and Norma Stillings sang “Thank you Lord for Your Blessings on Me” accompanying themselves with Autoharp and Mandolin. Sally Sorensen played a piano solo. Pastor Sorensen brought a Thanksgiving message afterward that summed up the thought that everyone can be thankful for something.
Luke Sorensen drove up from his job down in southern Arkansas to spend a short time with his family and arrived just at lunch time. He has charge of the horses and other animals down at the Old Washington State Park. He began down there as a part time blacksmith and has expanded his responsibilities there. Luke had with him his girlfriend, Cami, who is a lovely girl with a lovely smile.
There were several visitors in the morning service. We are pleased when people come to visit and hope that they feel at home. Several people will be having family members visiting over the Thanksgiving weekend and we hope that they will just load up and come on to church Sunday morning.
Pastor Bob Sorensen described “Six Surprising Gifts” that the Lord has given to us. The first one is life itself. Psalm 100 states that “It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves.” The Lord told Jeremiah “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.” We can be thankful for the gift of angels that minister to us. How many times have we gone through accidents or near accidents that might have killed us? We can be thankful for the gift of the Bible so that we know the way of salvation and how to live. We can trust the Word of God and from it we can gather strength and the courage to go on. We can be thankful for the gift of the Holy Spirit, the unseen third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit will show you the awfulness of your sin and draw you to Christ. We can be thankful for God’s gift of the local church. A good church is like a big family, no one has to face the hard problems of life alone. We have so many things for which to be thankful, but greatest of these gifts is Jesus Christ himself. God gave us his only begotten Son to die for our sins, and then he raised him from the dead so that we have assurance of eternal life.