Touché Thanksgiving 2014
Posted on November 26, 2014 by under Touché,

Giving Thanks

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits.” (Psalm 103:2)

Cathy, Sarah and I will be headed out today (Tuesday, November 25) to Michigan to be with Cathy’s family and Andrew for Thanksgiving.  We were going to fly Andrew out here, but decided that navigating airports on this weekend was more than his mother could handle.  With the weather report for tomorrow, it appears that God’s good providence was guiding that decision.  We are so thankful for Andrew’s life, how good he is doing and all the prayers that have been lifted up for him.

Wesley Joseph and Kate Valdivia have put together a beautiful service of Thanksgiving Eve at 7:30 PM.  I just hope that people are able to make it here that night.  Shireen Gilbert has been given the authority to make the call on worship Wednesday evening, so stay tuned to the website, your e-mail or the church phone.  She will make that call by 1 PM.

My concern, if the service should be cancelled, is our offering for Beds INC.  There is definitely a need for new beds in our area and I hope people will give through the web or through a check with a memo line noted as “Beds INC.”  We have received a lot of support for this ministry and I hope that continues this week.

My family asked that we be able to stay out in Michigan through Saturday, so I will not be preaching on Sunday, but I am happy to share with you that Bob Geehan, a good friend, a brilliant theologian and the former pastor of Poughkeepsie Reformed Church will be preaching for the first Sunday of Advent.  I hope you will be here to celebrate with this gifted preacher and great thinker.  He is also a lot of fun.  His wife Cherrill is one of the most faithful classis spouses.  Many spouses stay far away from Classis (the governing body of the RCA), but Cherrill attends regularly and truly seems to enjoy being there.  I am sure that she will be here with Bob on Sunday.

Bob’s bio includes work at West Point as professor of history, world religions and chaplain from 1984-1998.  He studied at the University of Illinois, Westminster Seminary and the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.  Bob retired from the Poughkeepsie Reformed Church on July1 of this year.

I am sorry that I will not be here to life up thanks with you, but I am glad to leave you in good hands of Wesley, Kate, Shireen and Bob.

I pray that you all will have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.

In Christ,