Weekly News-Nov. 20th

Weekly News-Nov. 20th

“Gratefulness isn’t hard.  Forgetting to be grateful
is what makes life hard.”

~Ann Voskamp

I’ve been reminded again, from a number of different sources, how important it is to notice the things that are good around us – and then to express our gratefulness to God for them.  This simple act of expressing gratitude has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety, as it helps to shift our focus from a negative viewpoint, to one where we realize that we have so much to be grateful to God for.  One article that I was reading suggested that we actually write down the things that we are thankful for each day.  This is something that I’m trying to get into a daily rhythm of doing, because I’ve noticed in myself, how much it does change my overall outlook and countenance.  Here’s just a short list of what I’ve noticed today that I am thankful for:
  • seeing the sun ‘sparkle’ through the sanctuary windows this morning
  • my morning latte
  • A picture that was sent to me this morning of my grandson Wyatt, playing peek-a-boo under a blanket
  • moccasin slippers to keep my feet warm in my coolish office
  • a peaceful place to work
  • friends to share life and pray with – even if it’s only over text these days
And the list could go on and on… 

Did you know that in the book of Psalms, being thankful or thanksgiving is mentioned 36 times?  God knows how important it is for his people to have their hearts and minds filled with thanksgiving.  And probably now more than ever we need to be reminded of this, as we go through these days that are filled with stress and challenges.  At least I know I did.  

So may I encourage you today to notice the things around you that are good, and then express your gratitude to God for them?  

We wanted to remind you about the 1-day marriage seminar from Family Life Canada that is happening TOMORROW.  This is a FREE seminar, BUT you need to register!  Go to www.familylifecanada.com for all the details and to register today!

This Sunday – if you wish to attend our IN PERSON 10:30am Sunday Worship Service, we are asking you to RSVP us at:  office@malmochurch.ca before Saturday evening at 6:00pm.  The attendee list will be compiled on a first come first served basis.  This new process will continue for the foreseeable future, until the restrictions have been lifted.  As always, we encourage you to wear a mask, if you aren’t able to maintain the 2 metre physical distance requirement.  (Masks are available at church, if you don’t have your own.)   

As Covid-19 is still in our province, we need to remind you that you must not attend in person if you are experiencing the most common symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat).


We also understand that you might not be ready to come and worship with us in person – and that’s okay!  We encourage you to join us online instead!  You can access this week’s ‘Scattered but Worshipping Together’ service HERE.

Take care,

Delora


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