From the Desk of an Elder,

November is upon us. The days are shorter and the temperature has cooled off from this summer. The season of fall is about half over. Winter is almost here. To me it is kind of depressing this time of year. I don’t like the cold or the snow. But look around at what else is going on. We live in an agricultural based community. Farmers are harvesting their crops and preparing their soils for next year.

It is a time of year when as a farmer, you find out the rewards of your labors of the past months. Some years the harvest is plentiful and some years not so well. But you press on knowing God will provide. You are thankful for all He has provided. November is the month of Thanksgiving. Though we should be thankful all year long, we tend to think about it more this month. What are we thankful for at Trinity? We are thankful we can gather every Sunday morning to praise and worship our Lord. Thankful for the speakers and pastors that lead our worship services. Thankful for the volunteers and leaders that work to advance the ministry of our church, (and we always need more of leaders and volunteers. Do not pass up the chance to serve your church.) We may not have a pastor right now, but we have to hold out hope that God has already chosen one for us and that will happen on God’s schedule and not ours. We need to be thankful for those around us and those that have gone on before us, who taught us to be faithful and full of hope. It may be easy to think of the big things to be thankful for, but let’s not overlook the little things. The small things or gestures that people do. A smile or a hello to welcome someone. A kind word or praise for something done well. A hand out to lift someone up and help them be their best. A couple of bible verses that convey how we should give thanks. Psalm 107:1 “ Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good”. Another to keep in mind as we go forward is 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. Just some thoughts of mine for this coming season…

 Brent Janssen