Whether you like it or not, now that Halloween is over, Christmas merchandise is beginning to appear in stores. The official start to the holiday shopping is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. In 2005, retailers began a new way to attract customers through Cyber Monday, with offers of many on-line sales and discounts. In the midst of this spending frenzy, I would encourage you to explore one more special day… Giving Tuesday.
Giving Tuesday was first announced in October 2012, and has become a way for people to kick off a season of charitable giving. It is also a nice counter to the temptation to buy things that we do not need. Many charities and non-profit organizations are doing special campaigns for Giving Tuesday and some offer matching grants for giving on this day.
The United Methodist church also participates in Giving Tuesday. This year their focus is Give Light, Give Love, Give Life. If you’d like to know more about Giving Tuesday and how to participate go to: http://www.umcmission.org/giving-tuesday/resources.
I wanted to say thanks to all of you for all of the amazing cards that you gave to me during Clergy Appreciation Month. I felt blessed to receive so many nice thoughts and prayers from all of you.
I want you to know that I appreciate you too. There are so many talented and gifted people within this congregation. We are able to do so much for the community and for God. Thank-you for being a living example to me and to others of what it looks like to live out your faith every day.
As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I want to encourage you to continue to show your appreciation to the people around you. A thank-you card means so much, especially when it comes at an unexpected time. So, now that you’ve made your pastors feel so appreciated, think about who else you might encourage and appreciate.
Thank-you for all you do!