After the first harvest of the New England colonists in 1621 Governor Bradford made a provision for a day of thanksgiving and prayer! In 1623 a day of fasting and prayer in the midst of a drought was changed to Thanksgiving by the coming of rain during prayers. In 1817 New York adopted it as an annual custom, and it spread through many of the states by the middle of the 19th century. In 1864 President Lincoln appointed a day of Thanksgiving, and since then the Presidents have issued a Thanksgiving proclamation generally designating the last Thursday of November. (Funk and Wagnalls)
This is a tradition recognized once a year! We are blessed to have the opportunity to celebrate as a church family every year and to fellowship one with another at our Thanksgiving Dinner. This is purchased, prepared and served by our Deacons, at no cost to our church. It is a way to say, “Thank you” for your faithfulness to the church body, for your giving, praying, attending, working and promoting the programs we have! We are thankful, not only once a year, but every day for you and the love we share one with another and the community.
Gratitude has been described as the healthiest of all human emotions. Think about it, if you live with a grateful heart, if you live with praise and thanksgiving to God, it counteracts any negative emotions in your life. God says we need to begin thinking and praying with thanksgiving in our hearts. A prayerful life allows us to rest and reflect upon the goodness of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Give thanks in all Circumstances, for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ for you." Not because of all things, but in all things, we can give thanks.