Open Doors, Open hearts, Open Minds

Pastor’s Note

Giving Thanks with a Grateful Heart


How wonderful to begin the month of November giving thanks with a grateful heart!

I hope you will join me in Chapel worship on November 3, All Saints Sunday, for what we believe will be an extra special time of remembering and sharing stories about persons in our lives who have “meant the world to us.” You are encouraged to bring framed photos of men and women in your lives who have shaped and formed your mind and heart. If you choose, you will be invited to share a short story about a person who is a “saint” in your life. At the appropriate time, we will light candles in memory of those who have now transitioned to home eternal but remain alive in our minds and hearts.

On Sunday, November 10th we will continue the celebration of giving thanks with a grateful heart. In the afternoon at 3PM all are invited to bring their furry family members to the Chapel for a blessing of the animals. It will be a delightful time to give thanks for the animals in our lives that gift us with companionship and joy. I hope you will invite your friends and neighbors to join us at the Chapel on the grassy hill for the blessing. There will be sweets and treats for all.


Rev. Lynne Alley-Grant

The spiritual leader of the Chapel to guide, enlighten, encourage, and aid all that come to our door.


The plan for Sunday, November 17 is to talk about and share some stories about the people in our lives who are our friends. I hope you will be thinking about especially important experiences in your lives where your friends were the ones who supported, encouraged, challenged and pulled you through extraordinary circumstances. I hope you will pray about sharing with us why you are particularly thankful for them.

I hope you will look forward on Sunday, November 24 to the ways we will combine these stories and expressions of thanks into a message focused on the presence of Jesus in our lives. My prayer is that we will think about how God gifts us with many different gifts. Sunday, November 24 will be a day to offer a response by making a promise to support the Chapel with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and our witness. I pray you will think seriously about the time, energy and financial commitment you will offer to the Chapel for 2020. Traditionally, this Sunday has been called Consecration Sunday.

Our God is generous in every way and hopes we will be too. My hope is that you will prayerfully think about your response to the many relationships and life experiences we will have celebrated during November. I trust you will come prepared to respond with a grateful heart by bringing your2020 commitment card to morning worship. Making a commitment of time, energy and money to our community of faith is one of the critical ways we live out our faith…a tangible way for sure to show that we are intentional about giving thanks with a grateful heart!

It continues to be a joy to be your pastor. I give thanks for YOU with a grateful heart!