Newsletter - Chips Off The Rock - November 2019
November has the distinct pleasure of being our transition from the warmth of summer and fall into the cold, icy, winter winds. November also hosts the beginning of the Holiday Season. Many of us gather around a family table to eat turkey and stuffing on that day set aside to offer thanks to God… and then hurry off to begin the Christmas rush into Black Thursday/Friday.
Here in Northern Indiana, the land of Goshen, we also celebrate Thanksgiving. The fields of corn and soybeans are usually bare and brown. The harvest has finished. The firewood has been stacked. School children have hit their stride. We begin to think about the joy and generosity of the holidays. Cooperation still lives here. Even in these days of divisive politics and cultural conflicts, we find common goals as a community. On Sunday, November 24, we will gather at the Clinton Frame Church to offer thanks to God for the blessings of our life together. This Community Thanksgiving Service, at 6:00 pm, will offer thanks for three ministries that are supported by folks in and outside our churches.
The Kids 4 Christ Bible class program has been with the Fairfield community for several decades. Every week over 1000 children from the three elementary schools are bused a short distance. The Peoples Bible Church hosts the Benton children. The First Brethren Church holds the New Paris classes. In Millersburg the old Sonshine Daycare building houses the program. The CBJCA owns that building.
The Fairfield Food Pantry was begun many years ago by Sandi Sizemore and her mother. She retired recently as school counselor. A few years ago the local pastors created a governing board that established a non-profit corporation. The pantry is housed in the school’s old administration building. It serves families from the three surrounding townships with basic needs.
Last year the Fairfield school began the Christmas Store. People were invited to donate Christmas gifts for the store. Then parents of school children were invited to purchase those presents at a discounted price. This year the store will be at Maple City Chapel. That space will offer more room and better parking than the high school.
At the Community Thanksgiving Service, worshipers will be invited to bring a Christmas gift for the Store. Canned goods will be accepted for the Pantry. The Kids 4 Christ children will offer some memorized Bible verses and sing some of their favorite songs from their classes. Offerings will be received for their Bible classes. Please come and offer thanks in support of our community ministries.