Scripture implores us to “Give thanks always, for this is God’s will for us in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:18), so I've decided to take the opportunity to begin using the blog section of Good Shepherd's website to occasionally journal some expressions of thanksgiving for various people and things.
First of all, this past week at our Sunday service, we celebrated Christmas in July. What a wonderful service! Thank you to Ms. Sharon Wetzel for the incredible cookies and milk that were served after the service and thank you to Ms. Sandy Graci for blessing us with the Christmas gifts of tasty treats that were given to all in attendance. A very special thank you to Ms. Megan Aucoin who served as Lector for the day. This was Megan’s last day with us before she moves on to Houston to begin her new career as a CPA. We will certainly miss her and we are deeply indebted to all that she has done since the beginning of the year as our office manager.
This past week, Dr. Joan Lyles updated me on Good Shepherd’s contributions to the Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans. In the months of May and June, Good Shepherd contributed nearly 150 pounds of food to help feed the hungry in our community. My sincerest thanks to Joan for her continued efforts to spearhead this important church mission and to each of you who have contributed.
Finally, thank you to Mr. Thom Kolesa for his weekly addition a photograph in our narthex. In case you’ve missed it, Mr. Thom has been taking pictures weekly and then posting a new 8 x 10 photo on the table in the narthex. Each week, he captures and memorializes a stand out moment of our church’s life!
There is so much to be thankful for when we keep our eyes and ears of our heart and spirit open to finding simple blessings in our daily walk with the Lord. My challenge to you this week is this: “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)