I thank my God every time I think of you…Paul used these words as he wrote to the church at Phillipi. He wrote to say thank you to the people for the ministry they did and for who they are. They are very fitting words for this month in which we have a National Day of Thanksgiving. I, too, give thanks every time I think of you, members of Grace. I thank God for who you are and what you do.

First, thank you so much for the Pastor Appreciation gift. Thank you for your prayers and all the support you give for my ministry and our ministry together. It is a privilege and joy to serve as your pastor. Thank you as well for your faithfulness and the ministry you have done here at Grace and in all the corners of our community as you live your faith in daily life. I had a conversation with a car salesman recently and he was telling me he once considered being an associate pastor at his church, but realized his ministry was to the
people he worked with at the dealership and supporting them in being faithful workers, spouses, parents, and Friends. His calling was to the place where he spent most of his hours – being a car salesman “minister.” You touch the lives of so many in all the places you find yourselves and live out your callings all over this community. Thank you for that.

Thank you for your spiritual gifts as a congregation – generosity and hospitality. You have developed these gifts so well, along with faith and living love and service. You welcome and you give in so many ways. Thank you for using these gifts. This church and our world is a much different, better place because of it. Thank you for being the church, for participating in ministry, all of which stems from the work of God who has acted to forgive us, redeem us, equip us and empower us. Thanks be to God for his infinite mercy and
love and from whom all blessings flow!
Blessings on your November!

Pastor Siri