Bellport United Methodist Church
Saturday, November 18, 2017
He who abides in love, abides in God.

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The leaves fall, the wind blows and the farm Country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools." ~ Henry Beston


    Thank you, Veterans   
On Veterans Day, we honor men and women who’ve served and sacrificed in one of America’s armed services. 

On November 11, 1918, America and her allies signed a truce with German leaders, ending World War I. In 1919, President Wilson decided the United States should remember with gratitude the end of that war and honor military members by marking Armistice Day, or “truce” day. In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day, honoring veterans of every era. 

Veterans Day highlights our country’s quest for peace, justice and freedom throughout the world. Followers of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, pray for unity among all nations and for the day when “nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4, NIV).


  Be Yourself for God  
Rabbi Joseph Liebermann describes a dream where he dies and goes to stand before God’s judgment seat. As he waits, the rabbi fears that the Lord will ask him, “Why weren’t you a Moses … or a David ... or a Solomon?” Instead, God surprises him by simply asking, “Why weren’t you Rabbi Liebermann?” 

When our lives are over, God won’t ask us why we weren’t a Mother Teresa or another saintly soul. He simply wants us to be who he created us to be. 

“We are his workmanship,” St. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10. In Greek, workmanship means “a piece of art.” You are God’s masterpiece. Life isn’t a game of comparison. It’s a journey of discovery of how God has uniquely created you to perform specific tasks in this life. 

Your life is God’s canvas. Don’t hinder the painting process!      —Mike Paulison



   Advice from a Pumpkin

   God's Left Hand

A 6-year-old and his grandma went for a walk one autumn day. “Look at the gorgeous leaves!” Grandma exclaimed. “Just think, God painted each one of them just for us!” 


“Yep,” said her grandson, “and he did it left-handed.” 

Perplexed, Grandma asked, “Why do you think God used his left hand to create all this beauty?” 

“Because,” said the boy matter-of-factly, “we learned in Sunday school that Jesus sits on God’s right one.”


   “No one has ever become poor from giving.”   Anne Frank 

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   “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”  ~ Henry Ford 

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   “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”   ~ Irv Kupcinet


  Time To Thank -- Time To Share   
Thanksgiving is a time to share. 
A roasted turkey stuffed with care, 
potatoes, yams and buttered rolls 
are passed around in festive bowls. 
But first we thank our God above 
and share with others his great love. 
The dish served last is always best — 
a slice of pie for every guest. 

—MaryAnn Sundby



  A Prayer for Perspective
A prayer written for use during the Jewish New Year (September 30-October 1) is pertinent for Christians, too: 

Eternal God! Grant us gratitude enough to look 
    backward and be thankful; 
      courage enough to look forward and be hopeful; 
         faith enough to look upward and be humble; 
            kindness enough to look outward and be helpful.