A Time for Giving Thanks
December 8, 2013, 12:24 PM

“A Time for Giving Thanks”

 

Yesterday our electricity was off for about 13 hours.  I didn’t realize that so much of what I do depends on electricity.  I even tried reading by the light of the fireplace.  It made me reflect on Abe Lincoln and how hard it must have been for him and those on the prairies long ago with no electricity.  I’m so glad I live when and where I do.  I count electricity as a blessing.  It may not have made my list if I had written this a week ago.

But whether I had written this letter a month, a week ago or today know that I always give thanks to God for you.  This was part of the scripture shared Sunday from Colossians.  I am grateful to have sisters in Christ who love Him and follow his lead in giving glory to God and serving others.  I love the way you are in mission in your communities and around the world putting faith, hope and love in action as well as working to enrich the lives of children, youth and women in countless ways.

This past month Billie Ray, Ann Pleasant, Rev. Ginger Watson and I had the privilege of attending the Healthy Families Healthy Planet Advocacy Training in Washington D.C.  We had a wonderful experience, which culminated in visits to our representatives’ offices to advocate for the continuance of funding for maternal health and family planning worldwide.  Two weeks ago seven from our conference, including four UMW District Treasurers, the CTC newly elected Treasurer and CTC Communications Coordinator, attended the Leadership Development Days sponsored by United Methodist Women National.  We experienced informative workshops to help us with our UMW offices and inspiring worship to feed our spirits.  I feel blessed to have attended both of these events and I look forward to sharing with you what I have learned.

Thanksgiving Day is near but we always want to live in a state of thanksgiving for our freedoms, our faith, our families, our friends and our health.  I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and I know each of us is anticipating the beginning of the church year with Advent and Christmas.  I send God’s blessings to each of you.

 

Grace and Peace,

 

Linda Hutchings

CTC UMW President

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