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Dear Friends,

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26” Where will you go this summer? What will you be doing? Are big trips in your plans or the same old getting up for workday in and day out? Maybe a big move or family celebrations are in the works? Whatever it may be God is with you to help you and provide for you. As we go about our lives making plans and living them out we can easily forget that all we have comes from God’s gracious and loving hand. He provides all that we have including the breath in our bodies and strength of our arms. He gives it because He loves us. Just as surely as He gives us forgiveness for our sins and everything else we need to be healthy and happy. We need forgiveness from him and he gives it freely. It’s very easy to get used to these gifts and take them for granted.

Where will you go this summer? What will you be doing? Giving thanks should be high on the list. Make sure your plans include going to God’s word. There are many devotions available in book form or online. Make sure to include attending worship either here at Apostles or where ever you are. Taking time to worship and give thanks to God keeps us
from taking Him for granted. Worship and giving thanks also fills us with peace and hope realizing, remembering and rejoicing that Jesus loves us and is for us. Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Where will you go this summer? What will you be doing? Giving thanks takes the form of being faithful in remembering to fill your commitments to support the work of God happening here at your home church. Send your offerings by mail or by the Givelify app or other ways. Take time to pray for the activities and events happening over the summer. We have a new member class going over the summer. Our Pacific Southwest District is having a convention this summer. People are moving into town and looking for a new church home. Plans are being made for our church for the fall and winter. Pray for all of these efforts and activities. Giving thanks in all things starts with seeing God as the mover and shaker behind the good things happening at our congregation, seeing him as the one who is providing everything we have. He takes care of the birds of the air and he takes care of you.

Where will you go this summer? What will you be doing? You will be enjoying the blessings that God has poured out into your life. Hopefully, in words and actions you will be thanking him and enjoying even more blessings by realizing, remembering and rejoicing that he is with you.

Pastor Andrew