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Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. We had early Thanksgiving at Mama’s Sunday. She always does hers the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
This Sunday, Charles’ family will get together at my house, or at least those that can. We usually have around 60 or so. Everybody brings a dish, so I’m not cooking for that many. Also, extended family and friends are welcome, too.
Thanksgiving is believed to be fashioned after the 1621 harvest feast that the Pilgrims shared with the American Indians. The colonists went out “fowling” for geese, ducks and turkeys. History states that they were very successful getting enough in one day for the entire colony to have for a week.
However, they had a surprise visit from the Wampanoag tribe. So, for the next few days, they ate and partied, which sealed a treaty between the two groups until around 1675. The Pilgrims regularly celebrated “Thanksgivings” day with prayer thanking God for blessings such as a military victory or good harvest, etc.
There was no official day until Lincoln proclaimed November 26, 1863, to be a National Day of Thanksgiving. Afterward, each president would proclaim the date which almost every time was the last Thursday in November. That changed when President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 designated the fourth Thursday in November as the official Thanksgiving Day.
As people began to live farther apart, Thanksgiving became a time to get together with family so that now it’s often the busiest travel time of the year.
The Richville Volunteer Fire Department will host Bingo on December 10 at 6:30 pm. Come out and join us for fun and fellowship. They also sell concessions.
The Bible passage to share this week is from I Thessalonians 5:16-18. It reads, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Paul is giving his final instructions to the Thessalonian Church. He is giving them impossible tasks as the three phrases state absolutes. However, at the end of the verses he tells them how they can achieve this by relying on God. We should use these as goals to love, pray and be thankful in everything.
Continue to be in prayer for those that have recently lost their loved one regardless of circumstances. There are several in our community that are not feeling well, so please pray for their healing in God’s will, as well. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to email@example.com, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.