November is a month where we are encouraged to Give Thanks to God for all He has provided for us throughout the past year. We all know the story of the First Thanksgiving and every year most of us gather together with family or friends for some kind of Thanksgiving activity. As you gather together with others this year, let me encourage you to truly give thanks to our Lord for the many blessings He has given you.
Around the church, God has blessed us with many volunteers who carry on the ministries of Fourth Street. And a lot of these ministries seem to go unnoticed. So I want to take this time to say Thank You to all of you how help out around here and serve behind the scenes.
Some of these unnoticed ministries and those who serve include: Rubin Velasquez, who oversees our weekly food distribution through the Madera Food Bank. Paul Marti, who has visits the jail on Wednesday nights. Cliff Romano and Ken Morgan, who are at Truck Stop Ministries on Sundays. Larry Hibdon, who coordinates our Bike Trail Clean-Up days with the City Parks and Rec. There are many small group leaders and H.O.S.T.’s who serve every week.
We cannot forget: Michelle Anderson and her team who serve us by caring for children; Pastor Paula’s team who serve in our Youth Ministry; Theresa Farmer and the worship team; Jack Anderson and Bob Lawrence who oversee the care of all the sound and technical stuff on Sundays. Gary Healy shows up early on Sundays to make coffee for us. And I am certain that I may have missed some who should be included in this list because so many are involved in giving of their time to see that ministry continues to take place around here.
There is one ministry that we all benefit from every month that I want to call attention to because it seems to go almost completely unnoticed. This News Letter that you are reading is put together every month by Carol Lawrence. Carol spends many hours every month gathering information and putting in a format that keeps us informed of what’s going on around here. And she does a fantastic job. Thank you Carol!
Thank you to all who serve our church family! I pray that you have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
(Jesus) “If you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” Matthew 10:42 (NLT)