Sunday evening singing at 5p.m. in the fellowship room. Everyone is welcome!
Gluten Free communion bread is available in the foyer.
Ladies work day and devotional Thursday, January 17 starting at 9:30 in the annex. All ladies are invited.
Navajo Churches’ Saturday Meetings: There is a flyer on the bulletin board with more information.
Teen progressive dinner is coming up on the 21st. Please see Vanessa if you would like to help.
The teens will also be doing an Activity each month. If you would like to sponsor one, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. There is also a flyer on the bulletin board with more information.
Adult Christmas party December 15th starting at 5:30 in the annex. Flyer on the bulletin board. See Pam for more information.
Sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to host the coffee and fellowship.
Backpacks Fridays in the annex.
The Bridge Shelter donation for this week: Toilet paper & paper towels. There is a donation box in the foyer.
Good Samaritan need for the week: Toilet paper. Donation box in the foyer.
Dec. 9, 2018
The power of gratitude…
Do you want life to be different for you? Do you want a better outlook, to be more positive, to start a new year with a new perspective and hope? If your answer is yes–even maybe, you have it within your power to do so. Very simply- give thanks to God. That’s it. Yes, it’s that simple. Have an attitude of gratitude, count your blessings, name them one by one.
Research over that last 30+ years has been done on attitudes and how perception affects life and gratitude has become the focus of that research and the findings are very interesting. Three studies looked at the long-term effects of gratitude and found that just a five minute per day focus on being thankful can increase your long-term well-being by 10%. I know that may not sound like much, but there are other benefits of gratitude, because gratitude affects your whole being–physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, personality and socially. Gratitude focuses on the good in our lives (which is another way of saying that we focus on the goodness of God in our lives).
Gratitude changes our brain, literally. There is an increase of blood flow to the brain and the release of a couple of chemicals that affect mood and overall happiness. I don’t want you to get caught up in the science of it, but recognize that God made us physically in a way that gives us a lot of input into how we feel and perceive life. Science supports the Bible when we are told to present our requests to God in prayer, petition with thanksgiving and “…the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7)
The Psalms are full of praise and thanks, look at those, pray them back to God. Some in the OT were designated to give thanks and praise to God, that was their job in the temple. Just imagine, 5 minutes per day can literally change your life in a way that is truly remarkable. Now that’s powerful! That’s gratitude.
Updated: Sunday, December 9
Gary & Jodie Durbin and family with the loss of his brother, Larry.
Glenda Hill will have knee surgery on the 12th.
Mary Orbison, a member at the church in Durango, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She will be having surgery.
On Going Concerns
Clarence & Eddie DeLoach, Rob’s uncle and aunt
Peggy Penn, Donna’s mother
Nick Lester, friend of Nayana’s cancer is in remission.
Dave Phelps & family, family friend of Pam’s.
Ella Puckett, Marsha’s cousin has an aggressive ovarian cancer.
Sam Lindus, Dolores elementary student with severe health issues
Joey Whited, friend of Bill & Danny Morman. 15 years old, motorcycle accident.
Jim Riley, Cammy’s brother, throat cancer
Beverly Opferkuch, Liddie’s sister, heatlh problems.
Susie Marker, Marsha’s cousin, heart problems
Joe Hale, great nephew of Virginia Goza, stomach transplant
Gene Chapin, Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his throat
William Grissom, Pam’s uncle, health is failing
Marvin Ancell, Coffs Harbor
Royce Frederick, India
Philip James, Hogback
**Names will be updated monthly
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