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Have a Blessed and Safe Thanksgiving

Updated: Feb 7, 2021

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This Thanksgiving, I am reminded of the story of Martin Rinkart who was a Lutheran minister who served in Ellenburg, Saxony.  During the height of a severe plague in 1637, Rinkart was the only surviving pastor in Eilenburg, conducting as many as 50 funerals in a day. He performed more than 4000 funerals in that year, including that of his wife.  He wrote this famous hymn:

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices; Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us, With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us; And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed; And guard us through all ills in this world, till the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given, The Son, and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven— The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heav’n adore; For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

This Thanksgiving, we might gather with a much smaller group than other years. [I will cook a turkey for Henry and I and Truffles only.]  Nonetheless, we still give thanks for the many blessings that we have.  Take a moment to reflect on at least ten blessings for which you are grateful.  I am thankful for the beautiful leaves on the trees, the fall crisp weather (which so far has be fairly warm), God's goodness and grace, my family, Henry, Truffles, life, breath, daily food, the list could go on and on.  But, I am especially thankful for you, because you enrich and bless my life and journey in ways I cannot describe.

This Thanksgiving, let us give thanks for life and all that makes life worth living.  Let us give thanks for breath, which itself is a gift of God.  Let us give thanks for the frontline workers.  Let us give thanks for one another and let us give thanks to God for his indescribable gift of salvation through Jesus Christ! 

Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving,

Love & prayers,


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Sunday Give Thanks:  Praise God for the birth of Bishop Brian's grandson this week, Morgan Edward.  Pray for his mom (Wendy) as she recovers and the family as they adjust to this new bundle of joy!  Monday Pray for New Hope People: Ryan, Jennifer, Julie, and Emma Burke; Dorothy Case.  Pray that they could each experience God’s loving care.   Tuesday Pray for Those who Mourn:  Sharon's Cousin Jinna & Rick (son); Bob Best (brother Tom); Pam Whiteley (uncle Tom); Brother Kent (cousin Margaret); Livingston family (husband and three children); Carolina de Miguel's family (husband Ben, children Elias, Gabi, and mom Melissa); Jason (aunt); Hyacinth (granddaughter Renee).  Pray for God’s comfort and peace. Wednesday Pray for health: Marie Boyde (gout in foot); Marion Best (health issues); Li and her mother (swollen hand); Lindy and John (Lynn's cousins); Elda (Patty Talbot's friend's daughter); Lil's daughter Annie (Lil's daughter waiting for verification for a lung transplant, (has severe Scleroderma damage to her lungs). Thursday Pray for Missions: Haiti  Pray for pastor Richard, the Honorary Founder of UB Haiti. His health has been getting worse and he needs to travel to France for care. The situation is complicated because Air France has not resumed flights to Haiti, and because his health means he needs someone to travel with him, and that person would need to get a Visa.  Friday Pray for those with Cancer Elaine Holm (Sharon's mom); Winnie (Henry's sister); Loretta (Dorothy's sister-in-law's sister); Catherine (Marion’s friend); Mark Hancock (Marjorie’s friend). Saturday UB Sister Church:October - Port of Grace, Port Colborne -God's direction on our building.  We need more space. -That we'd be transformed as we try to live out this years' theme verse - Matthew 16:24 (deny yourself and take up your cross and follow Jesus) -Our Sunday School and some issues with specific children -The application of Christian Renewal as we head into Level 2 -Our Leadership Teams - wisdom and humility as we lead -That God would trust us with people on their way to Christ and new believers and we'd be trustworthy with their discipleship

Covid-19 Pandemic Continue to pray for all health workers, essential service workers (truckers, grocery store staff, pharmacists, PSW's), government leaders, those who are making Personal Protective Equipment and they fight against covid-19.  Pray for God's mercy and strength for each one at this time.

Happy Birthday to Those born in October 1 – Pam Whiteley 3 – Marion Best 5 – Addison Lewis Ming 7 – Anthony Tavernier 9 - Shelby 16- Edna Gullins 17- Jenn Burke 20 – Alicia Crincoli, Velma Sitcheron 21 – Mackenzie Best 23 – Alison Noel

What's Happening

Sundays  9:30 am - Children's Church 10:30 am - Worship Service Mondays 4:00 pm - PreTeen Club Tuesdays 12:30 pm - Lunchtime Bible Study 8:00 pm - Prayer Meeting  Wednesdays 8:30 pm - Young Adult Meeting  Thursdays  8:30 pm - Abide Mentoring Oct 15-17 - Jesus and Justice To register, click here: Nov 7 - UB National Conference Want to watch other UB church services?  Find them here: Want to watch previous Worship Services from New Hope? Find them here


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