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It was a great Sunday at Peachtree and a wonderful weekend.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Bobby Bunn and I in loving memory of Bobby’s parents, Claral and Chessie Bunn.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

I welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song, “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.”

I then read “The Grace of Gratitude” by Billy Graham from “Hope For Each Day: Words of Wisdom and Faith.”

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord.” — Psalm 92:1.

“This devotional was comparing what life was for the Pilgrim fathers in 1620 at Plymouth in America and today’s American life. It told of how hard life was for these Pilgrims, but how thankful and grateful they were. They had a spirit of constant thankfulness.

“According to today’s standards, they had very little; but they possessed a sense of great gratitude. Do we show the grace of gratitude?”

BIBLE STUDY

Lawrence Edwards led the Median Sunday school class Bible study. This lesson, “Living in Gratitude: Give Thanks in Everything,” is from 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22.

“Someone said, ‘An attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.’ Perhaps what matters most is the kind of attitude we have. One element of a positive attitude is gratitude. Both an attitude and expression of thanksgiving truly color the way we approach life and lead us to live as God intended.

“In these verses, we see the apostle Paul shows that if this ingredient is seasoned into believers, it will transform their lives and their church.”

Sermon: “Are You An Organizer or Agonizer?” Pastor Whitehouse spoke on 1 John 5:16-18.

CHURCH BUSINESS

• The Men’s Ministry will not meet in November or December due to the collard cooking schedule and a very full holiday schedule. See you men back in January.

• Wednesday, Nov. 27 — No Wednesday activities.

• Thursday, Nov. 28 — Thanksgiving. A happy and blessed Thanksgiving to all.

• Sunday, Dec. 1 — Dr. Wendy Edwards will be guest speaker. Come and join us.

• Tuesday, Dec. 3 — Women’s book study, 10 a.m. Participants are reading Max Lucado’s “He Chose the Nails.” All women are invited to attend morning or evening book study sessions and are responsible for their own books. For more information, call me at 252-478-2846.

• Wednesday, Dec. 4 — Women’s evening book study, 7 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 5 — Deacon/spouse Christmas dinner at Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse in Louisburg, 6 p.m. Deacons and retired deacons should sign up or call Bob Bunn for reservations.

• Saturday, Dec. 14 — Church-wide Christmas dinner, 5:30 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec. 15 — Christmas cantata, 11 a.m.

• Tuesday, Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve service, 11 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve fellowship, 6-9 p.m.

COMMUNITY NEWS

• The WMU sponsored remembrance ornaments for the Peachtree Christmas tree in Spring Hope. The response was fantastic. Thanks to all.

• Peachtree members would like to thank everyone for their outstanding support for our annual collard sale. Wow, what a great time. We cooked 3,340 pounds and bagged and sold 1,497 quarts of collards. The most we have ever done. Thank you.

• Peachtree’s annual church-wide Thanksgiving dinner was held Saturday night. There were about 60 members and friends attending. Turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole, giblet dressing and gravy, collards, French bean casserole, corn pudding, sauces, rolls, many desserts and drinks were served. Great food and fellowship. Thanks to all those preparing the food. Leftover lunch was served Sunday after worship.

• The annual community Thanksgiving service was held at Peachtree Baptist Church on Sunday evening. Five area churches were represented. Guest speaker was the Rev. Chris Payne, pastor of Gold Valley Church of God of Prophecy.

• Thanks to all who came out to support Gold Valley’s community Christmas market, First Baptist Church of Spring Hope’s paint party, Duke Memorial Baptist Church’s annual church bazaar and First Baptist Church of Spring Hope’s Friendsgiving Sunday.

• Saturday, Nov. 30 — The Red Oak community will host “A Red Oak Christmas” from 2-7 p.m. in Ennis Park.

Check your local calendars for all the events coming up.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need.

• Norman Whitley, Ralph Sykes and Nancy Sears all need our prayers.

• Please don’t forget to visit the people in the nursing homes in your area.

• Birthday blessings to Diane Tucker (Nov. 25), Maxine Whitley (Nov. 29) and Melissa Bryant Rogers (Nov. 30).

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” — G. K. Chesterton.

From all of us at Peachtree Baptist Church, have a blessed Thanksgiving.

If you have news, please call or email me. It can’t printed if I don’t know about it. I do prefer an email. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846. You may leave a message.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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