Wednesday Words

Pastor Cathy Daharsh

“But we must always give thanks to God for you, brother and sisters beloved by the Lord…” – 2 Thessalonians 2:13

My sister-in-law, Deb, enjoys the fall. She likes the changing leaves and hikes, but especially family at this time of year. Her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. She loves it so much more than Christmas, because Thanksgiving is simply about gathering as a family, eating a meal together, and saying thank you. Deb is a person who lives out her life and faith in gratitude and generosity. She finds joy in caring for others and the needs in her community. She lives her life humbly but with a big heart for her family, church, and community. Deb is inspiring as she is all IN in living out her faith in thankfulness. I thank God for Deb! 

As Deb is inspired by simply sharing a meal together on Thanksgiving, I am inspired in the same way on Sunday morning when we break bread together. I see the work of God in Bethany Lutheran Church for which I am grateful. I couldn’t help but think on Sunday, as we gathered for All Saints Day with a very full church, about what a wonderful family we have at Bethany and how we are better together in Christ. I am grateful for the many ministries of Bethany, and I am especially grateful when we come together in faith on Sunday mornings to worship together and share the meal of communion. I would like to encourage you to come to worship in November to thank God for all you have been giving, to lean on our church family for strength and courage in difficult times, and to simply “be you” in this family of Christ.  

I also want to take a moment to thank you for your time and resources. Your acts of gratitude and generosity are inspiring to me and make it possible for us to do many ministries that support you, our church, and the community.

If you have not gotten a chance yet to fill out a God’s Work. Our Hands. Form (volunteer opportunity) or an Estimate of Giving Form (financial opportunity) I would like to encourage you to prayerfully consider where God is calling you. Here’s an online link for filling out your Estimate of Giving Form and a God’s Work. Our Hands. Form that you can print out:

 Online Estimate of Giving Submission hereHere’s a pdf. of the God’s Work Our Hands Form 

We are looking for 100% participation. Even just signing your name is saying that you are IN. You being IN as a member of Bethany’s Family and that is important too.

I thank God for you and always look forward to seeing you at church.

In Gratitude,

Pr. Cathy