We've got so much to be thankful for! Last Sunday was awesome with Danielle Rideout from the Westbrook Recovery Liaison Program. God's using us to make a difference and bring hope to our community! Our goal is to present a BIG CHECK to Danielle in January to help fund recovery programs in our area. Plus, stuff for the crisis kits is piling up too. And the craft fair is sold out with all registration funds and money raised in the silent auction and bake sale being added to that BIG CHECK.
Our first session of LIFE GROUPS is taking a break for the busy holiday season. I am so thankful that we've had 42 people plug in so far. And then, the Ladies Connection group, Wednesday morning bible study and Sunday morning breakfast class have had had people digging into the bible and encouraging each other in their following Jesus. I love seeing us growing closer to Jesus!
Our immigrant church plant is continuing to see growth and is meeting needs in our area. The Agape Luncheon was a blast! The dining room was packed. I don't speak French, Portuguese or Lingala but I still loved taking part.
Did you know our furniture ministry is helping immigrant newcomers to our area, who often arrive with nothing, furnish and set up their apartments? That's pretty cool.
Have you seen what our kids are doing in Kidztime. This year has been great and they've been learning the stories that give us a foundation for faith.
And, of course, you know about our free community dinners each month, right? (BTW.This month the date is NOVEMBER 24, NOT THE THIRD SATURDAY.) Did you know this is the tenth year of faithfully and consistently loving our community with delicious meals?
And then, beyond all the local stuff (ABBA, Transformation Project< Community Food Pantry, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Good Shepherd Food Bank, etc), there's that school all the way over in Guatemala where we sponsor around 30 children together and our missionaries, Brian and Mary Dennett.
Someone asked me an interesting question this week. She asked, "How does this little church do so much?" The answer? God moves in incredible ways when we go all in to his mission! When things change in us so that we start acting like the church of Jesus rather than just going to church when it's convenient, it changes our lives for the better.
Sunday, we will talk about the bridge called hope that renews our mind and changes our lives. What's our approach to life? Where do we live in terms of attitude and approach? Is Romans 12:1-2 a reality in our lives? I hope you can join us in giving thanks together Sunday morning at 10.
Please remember our special Thanksgiving offering, above our regular budget offering. This year we will use it to first supply the Appreciation Gift Baskets that we deliver to all the public services offices in Westbrook letting them know we love them and are for them and then the remainder will help purchase items to complete our crisis kits for families in the throws of opioid recovery. (To give online, visit www.fbcwestbrook.com) . There are special envelopes to use in the pew racks..
Love you guys! Sorry this is so long but we have TONS to thank God for!
PS - It's early but plan and invite. We're kickin' it old school on Christmas Eve this year with organ music and traditional Christmas carols for our special candlelight service. Add it to your calendar!