November 1, 2011 – Volume 6, Issue 11
1. Pastor’s thoughts
We had a wonderful time with our Rose Hill family at Brother Paul’s fish fry this past Friday night. Rose Hill sent 12 to the fund raiser. The food was great, the fun and fellowship was top notch. Then, on Saturday at 3:00 P.M. 43 met at the “back 40” of the church for our fall festival. Belinda, Kristy and Pat planned a variety of games including the wheel barrel race, eating giant marshmallows, and even dunking for apples! Bob made many trips around the church property driving the Rose Hill “train” giving rides to many. This year we were able to purchase a fire permit for a bonfire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. At the conclusion of the evening, Mark Melson looked at me and said, “Pastor, it was a great evening. My kids had so much fun!” What a fun way to close out October. And now November is upon us. November is the month Americans pause to reflect and say, “Thank you to our Creator and for the many blessings we possess.”
In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. There is also evidence for an earlier harvest celebration on the continent by Spanish explorers in Florida during 1565, as well as thanksgiving feasts in the Virginia Colony. The initial thanksgiving observance at Virginia in 1619 was prompted by the colonists’ leaders on the anniversary of the settlement. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. In later years, the tradition was continued by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford who planned a thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623. While initially, the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists, the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival like this did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s. According to historian Jeremy Bangs, director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, the Pilgrims may have been influenced by watching the annual services of Thanksgiving for the relief of the siege of Leiden in 1574, while they were staying in Leiden.
The claim of where the first Thanksgiving was held in the United States and even the Americas has often been a subject of debate. Author and teacher Robyn Gioia and Michael Gannon, of the University of Florida, have argued that the earliest attested “Thanksgiving” celebration in what is now the United States was celebrated by the Spanish on September 8, 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida. Similarly, many historians point out that the first thanksgiving celebration in the United States was held in Virginia, and not in Plymouth. Thanksgiving services were routine in what was to become the Commonwealth of Virginia as early as 1607. A day of Thanksgiving was codified in the founding charter of Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia in 1619.
Fixing the date of the holiday
Thanksgiving in the United States, much like in Canada, was observed on various dates throughout history. The dates of Thanksgiving in the era of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln had been decided by each state on various dates. The first Thanksgiving celebrated on the same date by all states was in 1863 by presidential proclamation. The final Thursday in November had become the customary date of Thanksgiving in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 20th century. And so, in an effort by President Abraham Lincoln (influenced by the campaigning of author Sarah Josepha Hale) to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states, proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November.
It was not until December 26, 1941, that the unified date changed to the fourth Thursday (and not always final) in November -this time by federal legislation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after two years earlier offering his own proclamation to move the date earlier, with the reason of giving the country an economic boost, agreed to sign a bill into law with Congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday on the fourth (not final) Thursday in November.
I ran across a beautiful poem reflecting the way Christians should view life: “live an attitude of gratitude.”
~ Author Unknown ~
Thanks for not having
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Thanks for lacking knowledge
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Thanks for difficult times
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Thanks for limitations
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Thanks for challenges
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Thanks for mistakes made
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Thanks for exhaustion
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made the effort.
Thanks for setbacks
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Thanks for troubles
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
2. Something to think about
Barry Adair shares an insightful thought:
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (I Cor. 12:27 NIV)
Being a part of the ‘body of Christ’ means that, as Bible believing Christians, we all have a role to play. And if you are not sure that you are part of the ‘body of Christ’, talk to your Pastor or another Christian who will share with you how to become a part of the ‘body of Christ.’
See something around you that Christ needs to take care of today? He has no hands…but your hands!
If we are the body, why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing? Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body, why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
Jesus is the way!
3. Take time to smile
An old dollar bill and an even older $20 bill arrive at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired.
“I’ve had a pretty good life,” the $20 bill says. “I’ve been to Vegas, the finest restaurants in New York, and even on a Caribbean cruise.”
“You did have an exciting life!” the dollar says.
“Where have you been?” the $20 bill asks.
“Oh, I’ve been to the Methodist church, the Baptist church, spent some time with the Lutherans…”
“Wait,” the $20 bill interrupts. “What’s a church?”
A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside.
The Pastor said to him, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!”
My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor.”
Pastor questioned, “How come I don’t see you except at Christmas and Easter?”
He whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.
A pious man who had reached the age of 105 suddenly stopped going to synagogue. Alarmed by the old fellow’s absence after so many years of faithful attendance, the Rabbi went to see him.
He found him in excellent health, so the Rabbi asked, “How come after all these years we don’t see you at services anymore?”
The old man looked around and lowered his voice.
“I’ll tell you, Rabbi,” he whispered. “When I got to be 90, I expected God to take me any day. But then I got to be 95, then 100, then 105.
So I figured that God is very busy and must’ve forgotten about me, and I don’t want to remind Him!”
One day a Pastor and a Brother took a Visitor fishing on boat.
Once in the Middle of the lake, the Pastor said” I seem to have forgotten my fishing pole, be right back” and to the visitors amazement stepped out of the boat and walked on top of the water towards the shore.
When he had returned, the Brother said “I need to use the restroom, be right back”
Again the visitor watched in amazement. Once the Brother returned, not wanting to be outdone, the visitor said “I need to use the restroom too”
As soon as he stepped out of the boat, he sank.
The Pastor nudged the Brother and said “We should have told him where the rocks were”
A preacher, who shall we say was “humor impaired,” attended a conference to help encourage and better equip pastors for their ministry.
Among the speakers were many well known and dynamic speakers. One such boldly approached the pulpit and, gathering the entire crowd’s attention, said, “The best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman that wasn’t my wife!”
The crowd was shocked! He followed up by saying, “And that woman was my mother!” – The crowd burst into laughter and delivered the rest of his talk, which went over quite well.
The next week, the pastor decided he’d give this humor thing a try, and use that joke in his sermon. As he surely approached the pulpit that sunny Sunday, he tried to rehearse the joke in his head. It suddenly seemed a bit foggy to him.
Getting to the microphone he said loudly, “The greatest years of my life were spent in the arms of another woman that was not my wife!” The congregation inhaled half the air in the room. After standing there for almost 10 seconds in the stunned silence, trying to recall the second half of the joke, the pastor finally blurted out, “…and I can’t remember who she was!”
4. Nazarene and related websites
Rose Hill church of the Nazarene: www.rosehillnazarene.org
South Arkansas District: www.Southarkansas.org
Southern Nazarene University: www.snu.edu/home.asp
Nazarene Headquarters: www.nazarene.org
Focus on the family: http://www.focusonthefamily.com
Bible Gateway.com: http://www.biblegateway.com/
5. Rose Hill News
Join us for a free breakfast at 8:30 A.M. on Sunday, November 6th. This is sponsored by the Sunday School.
Prime Timer’s meet on the first and third Thursdays at noon for a potluck dinner and time of fellowship.
Men’s prayer breakfast is the third Saturday of the month at 8:00 A.M. at the church.
Ladies Bible study meets at the church on Tuesdays at 10:00 A.M.
The church board will meet on Wednesday, November 2nd at 8:00 P.M.
The annual Church Thanksgiving potluck dinner will be held on Wednesday, the 16th at 6:30 P.M. Please plan on being with us on this special time of thanksgiving.
We will not have services on Wednesday, the 23rd due to many who will be traveling or preparing for the arrival of family and friends for Thanksgiving.
Rose Hill birthdays for November include: Megan Marshall (4th), Ron Carter (5th), Sam Gray (13th), Katherine Gill (23rd), and Stefania Baldwin (25th).
Rose Hill anniversaries for November include: Sam &Sharon Gray and Jim & Nola Moreland (19th)
If we missed your birthday or anniversary, or have listed an incorrect date, please let us know so we can correct it.
Be sure and check our church website. Laurie keeps it up to date. www.rosehillnazarene.org
Who do you know who is not attending a local church? Invite them to Rose Hill. Please get the contact information to Pastor and he will contact them.
“I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)
Thanks for reading the Rose Hill Herald.
Pastor Steve Comeans
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene
11001 Kanis Road, Little Rock, AR 72211