Pastor Ken Reporting – November 17, 2017

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Our family will be staying here and Rachelle’s parents and sister and her family will be joining us. That means trying to get the new house ready for company. I think we are almost there. The big excitement this week was finally getting blinds installed. Thanks to Nashville Handyman, owned by MCC’s own Stephen Korte for doing a fabulous job with the install. When you are missing the man gene for doing projects like this it’s good to know someone who does.

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Thanks to Madison Campus Elementary School for making our pastoral staff feel loved last Friday. The staff and students held a pastor appreciation day that included cards, candy, a pastors vs. students Bible trivia game and lunch together. Thanks so much students and staff for making us feel loved and appreciated!

Don’t forget that this Sunday MCE will be hosting a dodgeball tournament starting at 10:30 am.  Grades 3-6 ($8) & Moms ($10) can register from 10:30-11 am.  Grade 7 ($10) and adults ($12) can register from 12-2 pm. Even if you don’t want to play come out and enjoy watching the tournament.

Devotional

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
                                1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
It’s the time of year when we come up with a list of things for which we are thankful.  What’s on your list this year? Family, fun vacation, new home, great friends? Just as interesting, what’s not on your list? Hospital visits, family pet dying, heartache, massive debt?
So what’s this ridiculous text in Thessalonians trying to say? Always be joyful? Never stop praying? Be thankful in all circumstances? That seems a little overboard. Surely there is an asterisk on this text that exempts personal tragedy like being diagnosed with cancer or losing a job. Paul seriously expects me to be thankful in those situations.
Well, believe me, I’ve looked and there is no asterisk. There is only a call to trust that God truly does work everything for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
This Thanksgiving let’s not forget that if we have had a good year, many have not and need our love and support. If we have not had a “good” year, let’s not forget that we still have God’s love and support.

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