I am constantly amazed by what God is doing in our church through us. I am so grateful to be able to serve in a church that takes seriously its call to serve the world and be the hands and feet of Jesus in a community and world that so desperately needs to hear of His love, grace, and salvation.

During the month of November, people often reflect on why we are thankful, why we are grateful, and I would challenge you to do so throughout the month. Here are some of the things I am thankful for:

I am thankful to be a Pastor of a Church where we can have diverse opinions, yet recognize that we worship the same Lord and creator of all. We are able to get past theological differences and see the other as a created, loved, child of God.

I am thankful for a staff at this church that are truly dedicated in what they do and recognize that we dthis all for one purpose, the Glory of God.

I am thankful to have a church full of people that gather for the same reason: to glorify God.

I am thankful for the generosity of this church. I have never been let down when we have asked for special projects, or when you make your pledges. You are a generous people when it comes to giving back to God out of the bounty he has given you!

I am thankful for my family and loved ones. Our parents have had health issues this year and I am so grateful Lori and I have our parents with us still. We are truly blessed to have three generations that are part of our family, and parents and children that are good people.

I am grateful that we live in what I consider the greatest country in the world, with the freedom to worship as we choose, and the freedom to exercise God given unalienable rights.

I am grateful for a God that loves me not just for who I could be, but for who I truly am. I am grateful for a Savior who died for me, in place of me, so that I can have eternal life.

In Him, Pastor Jon

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