Dear Family of Faith,
From Rev. Mark Diehl, Interim Pastor, Head of Staff
This Thanksgiving week brings a flurry of activity, although that activity is likely different than what we have previously experienced. My hope is that you spend time with family and friends in ways that are meaningful and safe for all, counting the blessings we have even in a time of pandemic.
Our congregation is offering a Zoom Thanksgiving gathering for any who want to join other members for dinner, visiting, and sharing holiday cheer on Thanksgiving Day. The event starts at 11am and will be available through 1pm.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5676298728?pwd=d0ptSmdCQlpvWGpJbWhxWWtZamJsZz09
To join by phone: 301.715.8592 or 312.626.6799
Meeting ID: 567 629 8728; Passcode: givethanks
Advent begins Sunday, November 29. An Advent devotional booklet is available to our members with daily scripture readings and reflections and prayers for each day. Click on booklet.
The History-to-our-Story Team (HOST) has produced a wonderful video about the life of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. If you have not seen it, please find it adjacent to this letter.
And finally, I offer this prayer for our Thanksgiving Week:
In this season, we are reminded, gracious God, of the opportunity to express gratitude.
We are thankful for meaningful work and leisure moments to enjoy the fruit of our labor.
We are thankful for those who work tirelessly to secure the safety and health of others.
We are thankful that when we can’t keep the faith, the faith will keep us.
We are thankful for those who care without demanding something in return.
We are thankful that your blessings are deeper than our gratitude.
You have given us so much, great God. Grant us one thing more:
appreciation that springs from a heart of gratitude.
Grace and peace,
The History to Our Story Team Video Project
Sincere thanks to everyone who provided photos and submitted videos.
Children’s message is at 9am streaming service.