Dear Church,
 
As we turn our heads toward the end of this calendar year (and it’s been a challenging one, at that!), this is the popular month to express THANKSGIVING.  Some people  make it a daily challenge. SO, we’re five days in, and I’m challenging you to pause what you are doing – even for a moment – and pick five things for which you are grateful. They can be big or little or anything in between. In this pause, consider how this naming of things makes you feel. Are you less anxious? Are you feeling happy? Are you remembering some blessings in your life that make the burdens a little less burdensome?

Maybe that’s the key to keep us going for the long haul. Paul said it himself to an anxious church in Philippi – to do everything “in prayer and supplications with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Let’s be real, it’s been a long week, but our work has never changed. Join me on Sunday and we’ll remember with thanksgiving the call of God on all of our hearts today, tomorrow, and until the kin-dom of God is realized. In the meantime, share some thanksgiving with those spreading goodness and kindness and gentleness these days. And I’m willing to bet, that includes thanksgiving for YOU too!

Peace be yours,
Pastor Lindsay

PLEASE NOTE…the Church Office will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 6.

SHARE AN ORNAMENT WITH US!
We are celebrating the holiday season creatively this year with an FPC Community Christmas tree in our sanctuary. Help us decorate by loaning an ornament from your family! Mail in or drop off an ornament (labeled with your name please!) at the church any time during regular office hours in November, and it will be featured on our tree. Email Bailey with any questions, educator@fpcmankato.org

VIRTUAL ADVENT CELEBRATIONS
Beginning next week, stop by the church office any time during office hours to pick up a miniature “create-your-own” Advent wreath (candles included!) so you can light your own candles at home as we light them during our Advent worship services. We will also host an Advent Coffee Hour over ZOOM on November 29 at 11:30 am. Watch your email for more details, or email Bailey with any questions. 

FIRST FRIDAYS TOMORROW AT NOON
Join us for a free presentation over ZOOM from climatologist and meteorologist Mark Seeley, who will be discussing the effects of climate change on Minnesota. Click HERE at noon tomorrow, November 6, to join in!

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS THIS SEASON!
Some of you have reported getting emails or texts from someone claiming to be Pastor Lindsay asking for confidential purchasing – usually of ebay gift cards. THIS IS A SCAM! There are a lot of them out there right now, and there are lots of ways to learn how to protect yourself. MNRAAA is a great organization that has some fraud prevention webinars. If you are interested, you can find out more HERE.
 

SUNDAY MORNINGS  LIVE-STREAMED WORSHIP ON FACEBOOK
Remember to join us each Sunday at facebook.com/FPCmankato for worship at 10 am! If you are unable to watch live, you can always access recordings of all of the above at fpcmankato.org/virtualchurch

CONNECTIONS  MINISTRY – A Walk in Their Shoes
Connections Ministry is hosting “A Walk in Their Shoes” on Saturday, November 7 starting at 10 am. Brave the chilly November weather like those experiencing homelessness, and learn about the places and programs they frequent in downtown Mankato. The walk begins here at FPC and includes stops at Centenary United Methodist Church where Holy Grounds breakfast ministry happens, the Blue Earth County Library, and the Salvation Army. Educational speakers will be at each location, and snacks and beverages will be provided.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOURSELF AS YOU CARE FOR OTHERS: TIPS & TRICKS
Join a cast of characters from Mayo Clinic Health System as they lead you through some simple ways to care for yourself while you are caring for others. ZOOM in for an informative, fun-filled, light-hearted presentation about a very serious subject presented by VINE and Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice Team Members on Friday, November 13, at 2 pm. Please call Mike at VINE, 507-386-5576, to register by November 11. We’ll email the ZOOM link to you prior to the event.