“Serve the Lord with gladness!” — Psalm 100:2
It is November, the season of thanksgiving.
As hurricanes spread devastation this fall, Mississippi was spared a direct hit. We know what a direct hit can mean, three years and counting since Katrina in 2005.
We have received much — financial gifts, prayers, volunteers. As I preach and visit in Seashore District churches this fall, I continue to greet and thank volunteers who are with us for the long recovery. On Oct. 26, there were volunteers at Heritage UMC in D’Iberville from New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
In response to God’s gifts through the connection of United Methodist people, I invite a 2008 Thanksgiving Offering to be shared in the Louisiana and Texas conferences. Hurricane Gustav swept across Louisiana, and Hurricane Ike swept across the Texas Conference. The devastation from these storms has been over-washed by other news — the economy and the election.
Please invite this special Thanksgiving offering. Where the invitation is given, the response will be generous.
Please remit this special offering to the conference treasurer as you receive it either with your November apportionments and other conference remittances or by separate check. In this way, your gifts can be quickly sent on Dec. 1 to our neighbors and your response can be a means of grace to them — just as their response was a means of grace to us.