Lamplighter – Fall 2011

And Be Thankful

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:15-17

Giving thanks to God is our most sincere expression of faith. Whether we offer a quick whispered “thanks” for the beauty of a crisp Autumn day, or offer a prayer of thanks in church for a loved one’s recovery after surgery, or say a simple table grace before a meal, we say so much, when we say “thank you” to God.

When we say “thank you” we acknowledge that God is the ultimate source of all good things. Whether directly or indirectly the Creator is the giver of every gift. God is the inexhaustible fountain of giving, constantly pouring out invisible blessings, enabling the work of our hands, strengthening our hearts, keeping the sun shining and the world turning. When we say “thank you” to God we name God as the Source of life. That is a profound expression of faith.

There is no reason God must give us so much – other than God’s own goodness. When we say “thank you” to God, we express our faith that God is good. The love of God alone moves God to give. From the smallest fleck of stardust, to the greatest gift of Jesus Christ, God gives because of love. “For God so loved the world that he gave…” That’s what the bible says. When we say “thank you” to God, we express our faith that God is love.

When we say “thank you” to God, we say that we believe that we depend upon God. “What do you have that you did not first receive?” the bible asks. We depend upon God to give us breath, to show us the best way to live, and to forgive our failings. When we say “thank you” to God, we humbly acknowledge that God is sovereign and we are subjects – that: “He is the potter and I am the clay.” Such humility is a profound sign of faith.

In our family we often go round the Thanksgiving table, each taking a turn to name something they are thankful for. Such gratitude is good, but to whom are we thankful? Faith gives thanks, not just in general, but specifically to God. This Thanksgiving, “Give thanks to the God of heaven. God’s love endures forever.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pastor Steve

Craft Fair – November 5

Come join us for our annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 5 from 10
a.m. – 3 p.m.  New this year, we are offering a services auction.  You
can bid on any of the following services:

  • 3 hours of PC services
  • 4 hours of yard help by a team of 3 men
  • Residential snow plowing for the 2011/2012 winter season
  • 4 hours of house cleaning
  • 3 hours of errands or grocery shopping
  • 3 hours of organizational help
  • 3 hours of mending or other minor alterations
  • Served Italian dinner for 4-6
  • Dessert of the month (6 months)
  • Served Belgian waffle breakfast
  • Babysitting and pet sitting services
  • Dog or cat grooming
  • 4 hours of US based family tree research
  • Car detailing – inside and out

You may submit bids for services ahead of time, and the live auction starts at 2 p.m.

We will also have our Quilt Raffle and various donated Gift Baskets to
be raffled off.  The Raffle winners will be drawn at 2:30 p.m.

The kitchen will be serving breakfast sandwiches as
well as soup, chili, and hotdogs. There will also be a baked goods
sale.  We hope to see you then!

Meet the Congregation!

Welcome to the premier of the “Meet the congregation” column. How much do we really know about each other? Some more than others. We thought this would be a great way to find common bonds among us – something to spark a conversation with someone that you didn’t know you had anything in common with! First up is none other than David Franklin – thank you David for agreeing!

Hopefully you’ve noticed that David has a very distinct accent. He was born and raised in New Zealand. After leaving school, David went to University for awhile and then worked for the government. He boarded a plane in 1990, bound for the United Kingdom to do the Big OE (OE = Overseas Experience, which apparently nearly all New Zealanders and Australians do at some point in their lives), and lived and worked all around Europe – including the UK and also the U.S.

In the meantime, David met a lovely woman on-line, during the spring of 1997. He was in the UK and Joan was in college in Alabama. He made a trip to the US to meet Joan and soon after, Joan went over to Europe. They were married in November of 1998 in Hudson, NH.

Along came Killian, 10 years ago, so they decided to move back to New England in 2002 to be closer to family. In seeking to find a church to join so that Killian could learn about religion, they came upon a church with friendly, welcoming people and which reminded David of the small church he went to while growing up. That was Litchfield Community Church!

David works in Massachusetts as a computer programmer for a pharmaceutical company. Specifically, he analyzes data from clinical trials – thereby helping to bring us new medications to treat various diseases.

Aside from his work and family, David’s main interest has been traveling. He has travelled around a large part of the UK and Scandinavia as well as the US, New Zealand and parts of Australia. He also has a strong interest in radio (shortwave and ham radio in particular); enjoys old British radio comedies (pre-1975); computers (aside from his programming at work!) and aircraft (particularly vintage British aircraft).

David has been a very welcome addition to this congregation. Feel free to start up a conversation at the next coffee hour or the next social event and ask about some of his great experiences!

Greening of the Church

Christmas is fast approaching and it will soon be time to decorate the church for the Advent Season. This year the first Sunday in Advent is November 27th, the Sunday following Thanksgiving. We will be decorating the church on Saturday, November 26th. There will be a potluck dinner starting at 5:00pm, after which we will “hang the greens”. Join us as we welcome this joyous season.

Birthdays

  • October 6: Julia Illg
  • October 10: Lucy Valentino
  • October 10: Randy Durand
  • October 13: Aubrey Bonner
  • October 15: Stephanie Couture
  • October 16: Edith Eldridge
  • November 15: Robin Mosnicka
  • November 17: Linda Peeples
  • November 19: Bradley Couture
  • December 11: Steve Quinlan

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