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Thankfulness and Contentment Go Together
Thankfulness and Contentment Go Together:
The story is told of a farmer who lived on the same farm all his life.  It was not a bad place, but it had its share of challenges.  With the passing years, he grew increasingly weary.  Every day he found a new reason to criticize some feature of the old farm.  Finally, he decided to sell.  He listed the farm with a real estate broker who promptly prepared a sales advertisement.  As you might expect, it emphasized all the farm’s advantages: ideal location, modern equipment, healthy stock, acres of fertile ground, etc.  Before publishing the ad, the realtor called the farmer and read the copy to him for his approval.  When he had finished, the farmer cried out: “Hold everything!  I’ve changed my mind.  I’m not going to sell.  I’ve been looking for a place like that all my life!”

Contentment is not just a feeling, it is a decision that we make in relation to our circumstances.  When you consider the various aspects of your life, family, church, school or job during this past year, how would you say that you have felt?  Have you remained primarily content and satisfied, or weary, burdened, and even critical?

The secret to satisfaction is often tied to thanksgiving.  During a particularly challenging time in the Apostle Paul’s life, when he was under house arrest, he encouraged believers to “not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving” to “present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:9).  He recognized the importance of a thankful heart, even in the midst of hard times.  In the very next set of verses, providing an example for everyone, he explained that God had helped him to learn to be content “whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:10-13).  Contentment and thanksgiving seem to go together, and the latter often helps to contribute to the former.  An attitude of gratitude makes the difference.

This week, we celebrate a national holiday known as “Thanksgiving,” which commemorates a specific event in the life of the Pilgrims.  Not surprisingly, the original “Declaration of Thanksgiving” by Governor Bradford in 1623, mentions nothing about football, but neither does it describe a feast of any kind!  Instead, it presents an invitation and call to worship: “Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest… has spared us from pestilence and disease, [and] has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November ye 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three… there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.”

Let me remind you that even in 1623, the Pilgrims’ futures were less than secure.  The death rate was still high and much remained uncertain.  Nonetheless, their genuine and natural response was to offer thanks to the Lord (and to listen to a sermon at church)!  No doubt, this attitude helped them to focus their perspectives, not on their fears and worries, but on the God who was bigger than all their concerns!  We can do that today, too.

These past couple of years have been strange ones for everyone.  Covid, social tensions, financial pressures, and more have impacted all of our lives and churches.  In the midst of any fears and pressures, sometimes we can forget that our God is the Lord Almighty!  We can forget His many blessings.  We can become tempted to develop a critical spirit, to give up, or to move on (or wish someone else would leave)!  Thanking God reminds us of who He is.  Remembering with hearts of gratitude the Lord’s faithfulness and providence in the past can give us confidence and courage as we face today’s challenges and tomorrow’s uncertainties. 

May the Lord increase your sense of contentedness, peace, and joy as you purpose in your heart to give Him thanks this week and in the days ahead – in your personal life, in your family, and in your church family!


- Jim Le Shana, General Superintendent, NWYM
 
Upcoming Bible Quiz Meet #1
Registration for the Twin Rocks Quiz Meet is now open. Please register as soon as possible.
 
Link to Registration: http://nwfriends.org/ministries/by-age/youth/bible-quizzing/ - This will take you to the NWYM Youth Bible Quizzing page, then scroll down to the registration link.
 
Bible Quiz Meet #1 is at Twin Rocks Camp on December 4, 2021.  Check-in for the meet will be Friday night upon arrival.  The meet starts promptly at 9 a.m. on Saturday, (Official training is at 8:00 a.m.)  At this meet we will cover Romans 1-7. Mintha Muhr and Sherwood Friends Church are hosting this event.

Quiz Meet info:
Twin Rocks Friends Camp
18705 N Hwy 101, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136
Contact:
Elizabeth Licon 503-812-8445
Aimee Bartlow 503-949-6679
Evangelical Friends Missions Spotlight
EFM’s 2021 Fall Offering, “Pressing Towards the Goal,” is now available! This year’s offering features six missionaries and ministries that are currently underfunded. The leadership of EFM is praying that many of us will be inspired to give a fall offering to help close the total underfunded gap of $109,600 for these faithful workers. This will release them to concentrate on their God-given assignments unencumbered by financial concerns.
You can be part of this effort by making a commitment to support them at https://catalog.friendsmission.com/fall
Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity.
Online Giving
You can donate to the General Fund or any project funded through Northwest Yearly Meeting using this link.  

Job Openings



Greenleaf Friends Church is seeking a Lead Pastor.  Click here for more information.

2nd Street Community Church is seeking a Worship Arts Pastor.  Click here for more information.  

Crossroads Community Church is seeking a lead pastor.  Please contact Vicki Sullivan, clerk of elders, to learn more.
 
Paonia Friends Church (CO) in Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting is seeking a student ministry pastor.  Click here for more information.

Chandler Friends Church (OK) in Mid-America Yearly Meeting is seeking a lead pastor.  Click here for more information.

Colorado Springs First Friends Church (CO) in Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting is seeking a part-time Pastor.  Click here for more information.
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Autumn Morin and John Loewen, of Homedale Friends, were married on October 16th, 2021.
 
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Judy Looper, of Talent Friends, passed away October 25th, 2021.

Chester S Harris, of Greenleaf Friends, passed away on November 15th, 2021. 

 
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