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The bold beginning of ​Thanksgiving as a national holiday in the midst of the Civil War reminds us that we can live gratitude even in the midst of difficulty, that we can find blessing even in the midst of pain. Perhaps our blessings have less to do with the list of all the things we possess and more to do with the very gift of life, the gift of love, and the gift of God's loving As a people of faith, we often mark presence with us. our thanksgiving by what we have, by the things in our lives for which In November, we also anticipate we are grateful. We might the beginning of the Advent consider ourselves blessed that season - you know, the season of we have loving family, true friends, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. health and home; or plenty of For me, Mary embodies the true food, clean water, so many things spirit of gratitude, when she sings that we know we often take for in thanksgiving for her blessings in granted that others around the the midst of dealing with all the world often live without. But while cultural fallout of her being it is important to recognize the pregnant with Jesus: a fiancé who good things in our lives and to isn't sure if he can trust her and remember our sisters and brothers stay with her, a community judging who might not have those things, her harshly as an unwed teenage is this gratitude of comparison mother in a time when that was really the heart of blessing or considered unacceptable. All that thanksgiving? is true, and yet she sings: "My soul November is a month when we take the time to notice and celebrate gratitude. Although there has been a long history of celebrating a festival of Thanksgiving in the month of November, it wasn't until 1863, during the middle of the Civil War, that Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national holiday of Thanksgiving.

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"Gratitude goes beyond the 'mine' and the 'thine' and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy." - Henri Nouwen

(continued from Page 1) magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed." (Luke 1:46-48). Her spirit rejoices and she boldly claims herself as blessed in the midst of it all because she trusts that God is with her and doing something amazing. Can we cultivate this practice of gratitude through the awareness of ​God with us​​ this Thanksgiving season? Can we resist the comparisons and look for the compassions, the compatriots the ? As you reflect back over the year or perhaps over your life, where have you seen and noticed God's presence with you? May we sing with Mary this Thanksgiving season, aware and grateful for the ways God is present and at work in all of our lives.

CHILDREN’S BELL CHOIR Rehearsal after worship on Sunday, Nov. 4th.

Performance on Nov. 11th

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM REHEARSAL SCHEDULE Rehearsals will be November 7th, 14th, and 28th and December 5th from 5:30-6:30

Pastor Chris

CALVARY BOOK CLUB Book Club will combine a November & December Meeting, December 6th at 2:00​​ pm at the church. Book to be discussed will be announced at a later date. Contact Betty Naab at 712-332-5194 to request a copy of the book. Please Note:​​ Book Club will ​not​ be meeting in January, but will meet after the New Year, February 28th, 2019.


Prayers    Prayers Thank you for praying for: All who are waiting for test results All who have medical appointments Sheri Daugherty Kim Aneweer’s friend, Jodi


Cheryl Harm’s friend, Jolene

@ Accura HealthCare-Spirit Lake: Margaret Wedeking Bonnie Harris Jody Rickman @ Accura HealthCare-Milford: Evelyn Faulkner Bill Fredin @ Community Memorial Health Center-Hartley: Iva Gruver

Cheryl & Rachelle’s cousin, Pat Barbara Lancaster’s friend with alcohol addiction, a friend recovering from surgery and her niece, Pam and family

Family and friends mourning the loss​ o ​ f: Lue Bradshaw’s son-in-law, Steve Schmitz Bud Brooks Beth & Kris’s uncle, Ray Rickman Rita Lucht’s cousin Martha Fairchild

If you have a prayer request, please call the office 712.332.2447, e-mail at calvarylovesall@gmail.com​, or Betty Naab @ 33-5914. ​If you wish to have your name added to the prayer chain via e-mail, please contact ​Betty Naab​​ at g ​ rmmabty@q.com​ or 712.332.5194.

Harvest Home Series Oct 7

If your home could speak, what would it say? What moments make it come alive and over what memories would it reminisce? This series, we spend some time in the home--in her rooms, stepping on her creaking floorboards, and looking out her windows to see what she says about our faith.  


The Kitchen: At the Table

Oct 14 Bathroom & Shower Oct 21 Living Room: Life Happens Oct 28

Nov 4

Front Porch: Welcome

Attic: Memories

Nov 11 Laundry Room ​ hildren’s Bell Choir performing C Nov 18

Dining Room

Nov 25

Spare Room/Guest Room

Worship Duties Schedule for the month of November

Help Us Plug You In To Worship Participation Opportunities Sign-ups are on the bulletin board in the gathering area outside the Sanctuary.

Feel free to contact Marcy Bosch or LeeAnn Reetz for more information. They can answer any questions, provide training, and add people to the calendar. ​We welcome all who want to participate in providing an exceptional worship experience. ​Perhaps there is a special weekend/week that you would like to sign up for. The goal is to fill up the slots by the end of the previous Quarter- so recruiting will start for January-March in December.

3rd 4th

Audio/Visual Liturgist Greeter & Usher Audio/Visual Acolytes

Gary Tibbets Bret Copeland Donna & Dennis Henrich OPEN OPEN

10th Audio/Visual 11th Liturgist Greeter & Usher Audio/Visual Acolytes

Gary Tibbets Donna or Dennis Henrich Marcy & Steve Bosch OPEN OPEN

17th Audio/Visual 18th Liturgist Greeter & Usher Audio/Visual Acolytes

Gary Tibbets Donna or Dennis Henrich Jacques Carstens Family OPEN OPEN

24th Audio/Visual 25th Liturgist Greeter & Usher Audio/Visual Acolytes

Gary Tibbets Jane Kauzlarich Donald and LeeAnn Reetz OPEN OPEN

The Worship Team welcomes any and all feedback regarding worship (Series reflections, suggestions, helpful critique/criticism) as our goal is to continually improve upon and provide excellent worship. Feel free to contact leadership of the team directly, in person, by call, or via email. Marcy, cell 712.330.5936 Email: ​Marcy.Bosch@polaris.com LeeAnn, cell 402.366.5568 Email: ​ReetzLa66@gmail.com




1st- Kris Heitner 8th-Tracy Tvedte 9th-Bob Heitner 10th-Anne Horsman 11th-Randy Pas 13th-Sharon Swenning 15th-Shirley Carlson 16th-Lonnie Gochenour 16th-Brock Tvedte 16th-Maya Whithaus 17th-David Smith 17th-Kelly Mitchell 18th-Mary Moeller 20th-Olin Myhre 21st-Sophia Lorch 22nd-Brett Copeland 24th-Nik Mankle 25th-Peg Gottsche 26th-Wyatt Lorch 28th-Dennis/Diane Fisher Anniversary

YOGA SCHEDULE *Classes are: 10 AM Chair Yoga 11 AM Gentle Yoga November 6th (Tuesday) November 14th (Wednesday) November 20th (Tuesday) November 28th (Wednesday) December 4th (Tuesday) December 12th (Wednesday)

Classes will Resume in January.

​THANKSGIVING INGATHERING November 3rd A big ​THANK YOU​​ to everyone for contributing items for the kits and to the Sunday School children who assembled ​40 Hygiene Kits​​ and 71 School Kits.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN Meeting: Wednesday November 7th at 1:30 pm Everyone is welcome to attend.


Cans for YOUTH Programs

Childcare is ​always offered at the 9:00 am Sunday Worship service.

Thank you for continuing to collect cans and bottles to raise money for the Youth Fund. Beth’s Rules:​​ Only drained, recyclable cans and bottles in bags that are fastened shut, NO BOXES ​please. Call Beth at 339-5278 if you have cans or bottles to be picked up.

See Betty Naab for more information.



Celebrating a successful Fall Feast our 90th anniversary and worship with our Calvary UMC family.

More photos from these events are available on the Calvary UMC Facebook page.



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