"In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word."" - Acts 6:1-4
Therefore, in accord with Biblical precedent and Christian freedom and love, the constitution and bylaws of St. John describe the duties of the Board of Elders in this place:
November 1, 2019 - Meaning of Thanksgiving - Praise to God in the Bible, the meaning of thanksgiving reflected adoration, sacrifice, praise, or an offering. Thanksgiving was a grateful language to God as an act of worship.
Rarely, if ever, was thanksgiving extended to any person or thing, except God. The true meaning of Thanksgiving focuses upon relationship. Thanksgiving is a relationship between God and man.
Upon their arrival at New Plymouth, the Pilgrims composed The Mayflower Compact, which honored God. Thanksgiving begins with acknowledging God as faithful, earnestly giving Him thanks, in advance, for His abundant blessings.
"In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6). Thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart that reinforces an intimate relationship with God. The Elders of St. John hope you all celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by doing just that, "giving thanks".
Blessings to all of you in Christ. The Elders (Elders...)