November 21, 2014
Dear Eastridge Family,
I know many of you have probably seen this before but in light of our recent election and apparent direction of our nation I thought it would be good for us to be reminded of our Christian foundation.
This is the text of George Washington's October 3, 1789 national Thanksgiving Proclamation; as printed in The Providence Gazette and Country Journal, on October 17, 1789.
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
- Thanksgiving Offering
The Church of the Nazarene's Thanksgiving Offering for the World Evangelism Fund has been a denominational tradition for more than 80 years.
As it did in its beginning, the offering continues to raise support and awareness for missionary causes through the World Evangelism Fund. Created in 1923, the WEF (formerly called the General Fund) provides essential resources for the denomination's churches and missional outposts in more than 159 world areas, and allows individuals and organizations to continue our shared mission “To make Christlike disciples in the nations.”
On Sunday we will have envelopes in the bulletins where you can place your Thanksgiving offering or if you want to mark your check Thanksgiving Offering.
- Children’s Christmas Program and Practice
Tomorrow the children will be having a practice at the church from noon until 2 pm. We will be serving pizza and making a piñata and working on the program. The program is scheduled for Sunday morning December 14th. After the morning service and program we will have our Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner in the Fellowship Hall.
- Did You Know
Our monthly church mortgage is payment is about $900 each month and we owe a little more than $100,000
- Favorite quotes of the week
A man prayed and at first he thought prayer lies in talking. But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized prayer is listening." —Søren Kierkegaard
"If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire. If you want joy, peace, eternal life, you must get close to what has them." - C. S. Lewis
"If our faith costs nothing, it contributes nothing." - E. Stanley Jones
I’m looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday