Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wall of Gratitude + November Fun at FLA

Our goal at Family Life Assembly for the whole month of November was to saturate our hearts 
through & through with Thanksgiving & Gratitude!
We are a blessed church, a blessed people, a blessed nation ... to it's all because of the great God we serve.
We want to be the 'one' who returns back to Jesus to say THANK YOU!

From the time James & I became parents almost 21 years ago, 
we determined that that we'd do our best to teach our sons the true meaning of each holiday.
Thanksgiving is James' favorite one ... coupled with the fact that it's truly SO much more than just a day to get together and eat turkey, we chose to maximize on this particular holiday.
Having a thankful heart & an attitude of gratitude has weighty benefits, 
so it's been a win-win to focus big on the month of November.

Now that we pastor, we wanted to share this mindset with our congregation.
So November is always a fun month at FLA, to say the least.

This year, the star attraction was our WALL OF GRATITUDE!
I had a vision of this wall for a couple of years, but this year, the timing was right!
We have watched this wall fill up each Sunday as our sweet people share what they are thankful for.
And we are doing something special with all the notes next Sunday.
I'll share that with you next week.

 Here it is making it's debut on Nov. 1!

 Nov. 8  

 Nov. 15

I'll snap a picture next Sunday before church.  
Then we will move to part two with our Wall of Gratitude!

Last Sunday, James and I expressed our gratitude to every family that attends FLA 
with our 3rd annual congregation appreciation!
During this service, we take time to give thanks to each individual family
for all that they do to make FLA successful!
Our whole service revolves around that. 
There are so many people who serve God selflessly at FLA 
& they deserve to know how much we truly appreciate them!

For the past two years, I've baked & given each family sweet treats {pies, breads} just as a 
small token to show our appreciation.
This year however, I've been dealing with some physical issues & wasn't sure I had it in me.
So, I decided to order cookies from my sweet daughter-n-law Abigail's home bakery.
I shared with her my idea for a cookie bouquet & she got busy!
Aren't these just adorable?
I'll share more about them on another post.

Another wonderful display we've learned from was designed by Aleisa.
At the end of October, James taught about Reformation & shared some of the significant historical
events from the time of the Reformation up to current times.
He talked about the 1st settlers coming to America & the importance of the Mayflower Compact.
'In the Name of God, Amen.'
She took that statement & made this beautiful timeline.
We have several homeschooling families, so this was a neat addition to use for this month.
Knowing church history is so important.

She tea-stained the banner paper & burnt the edges to give it this aged look.
We have loved having this display!
Thank you, Aleisa!

Also, I wanted to share a few more pics showing how pretty the church/fellowship center 
has looked all month long!
It was decorated for Pastor Appreciation & has been a festive delight for all of us to enjoy each Sunday.
We can't say thank you enough to Tammy for her creativity & generosity!
Once again, she transformed our fellowship center into such a pretty place!

The checked cloth was my absolutely favorite! 

These wood servers were the perfect place for delicious desserts to sit! 

I wanted to share our month of November with you & hope that you've enjoyed it.

We pray that your Thanksgiving is abundantly blessed & your heart of gratitude continues to grow!

 It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, & a stranger into a friend.

Who doesn't love a good party?!
You can find me here linking up with these great blogs.

Monday           Amaze Me Monday     Coastal Charm    The Dedicated House
                     I Should Be Mopping the Floor     The Hankful House     The Modest Mom
Tuesday        A Delightsome Life    A Bowl Full of Lemons  
                                    Titus Tuesday  A Stroll Through Life
Wednesday   Raising Homemakers        Savvy Southern Style      
                              The Thrifty Home   A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Thursday    Between Naps on the Porch    Katherines Corner 3D Lessons for Life
           Hope in Every Season     Lamberts Lately
Friday      Rooted in Thyme  The Thrifty Groove   Farm Blog Hop   Flea Market Friday   Missional Women
 Best of the Nest  Anything Blue Friday   French Country Cottage  The Girl Creative
Sunday    Nifty Thrifty Things   Simple Saturdays    Sew Many Ways

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