2" dir="ltr"> MacArthur Blvd. Christian Church: November 2014

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Rant about Thanksgiving

Do you feel the frenzy in the air? It’s growing larger and heavier as each day passes. The season of giving is upon us! It seems like it’s been here awhile. Even before Halloween, Christmas items were in the store. Craft stores had all their holiday stuff out and going by the end of the summer. I realize this has to happen so people can make whatever they need before the holidays actually arrive. 

However, the actual shopping for gifts and advertisements for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and so forth has begun to spill back to include the pre Black Friday sales, or let’s go on Thanksgiving to buy and get that one item we must have before the rush of Black Friday. In fact, there are people in some places who have already camped out at Best Buys so they can be the first person in to buy some humongous TV for $200.00! Really?!

What happened to enjoying Thanksgiving? It’s been almost obliterated by the shopping frenzy of the Commercial Day called Christmas. Thanksgiving was a day for joining with family and friends, enjoying a meal together, maybe watching the Macy’s parade and a football game or two. Hopefully we also really thought about what we were thankful.

My son-in-law has established a tradition that as we eat our Thanksgiving dinner we go around the table 3 times sharing what we are thankful for. I look forward to that meal more than for the food. It’s the sharing of our thoughts and feelings that adds depth to the time shared.


I realize I sound kind of negative about the coming holidays but I hope you will take some time to think about the real reason we celebrate. Giving thanks for the blessings of this past year; that is what Thanksgiving is really about. It’s not the food or even the activities we do that count. It’s to give thanks to the God of the universe for His provision, just like the Pilgrims did over 200 years ago. Nothing more and nothing less.

What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Trunk or Treat 2014

A week ago, some of our congregation came together to treat our neighbors and our own kids with candy. We do this as an outreach activity. It also allows those who are creative to come up with some great ideas for decorating their car trunks and themselves.  Here are a few of the ones who came out to participate this year.


Tina made a great spider web



Lisa became Batman and created a Bat Cave








Amy had a fishing pond where the kids had to 'fish' to get their treat.









One family created their own world of Oz










These two young women watched over our festivities this year.