I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is upon us already. Last year, most of us were not able to see family and friends due to pandemic travel restrictions and restrictions on group gatherings. Already, airports are experiencing record numbers of travelers as we all make up for lost time with our loved ones.
For many who face food insecurity, Thanksgiving is not a celebratory time. While others are eating huge feasts, those who face food insecurity may have nothing more than their ordinary meager fare on the table. Public attention to the feasts of turkey and dressing and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie just highlight what others don’t have! This year, our congregation partnered with IAMLT and El Buen Samaritano to provide HEB gift cards to 70 families in Hudson Bend, so they could shop for a feast of their own this holiday. Thanks to Esme, our Hudson Bend Mission Coordinator, for making sure families got registered and received their gift cards.
I also want to take a moment to give thanks for Nancy Woodworth and Nancy Vanzandtas they draw to a close their time of service on Session. Both have served two terms in a row and are now rotating off. During their tenure, they have embodied energy, intelligence, imagination, and love. Well done, good and faithful servants!