1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace.

2 We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, he has chosen you, 5 because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7 so you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so we have no need to speak about it. 9 For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

Paul was always gracious in his letters even letters where he rebuked congregations. Whether it was “Grace to you and peace” or “We always give thanks to God for all of you,” he was gracious. I believe that to be a very good thing and I would like to express my gratitude for all of you. We have been together for over 6 years. Through good times and bad, we have continued the ministry of Jesus Christ here at Central Christian Church.

I also want to add my thanks and appreciation for those who have participated in our Annual Mystery Dinner Play. We have had 6 plays to date and we have always had faithful actors to participate to make our plays a success. I would also like to thank those who have made our Annual Christmas Dinner for the homeless and less fortunate a success each year. As you know, Christmas is coming up very quickly and planning has already started for another successful dinner. There are so many things I could name that we do annually or intermittently that each and every one of you contribute to making a success. So a BIG thank you to all of you and may God Bless. I especially want to thank my staff: Beth, Tonya, Brenda, Beverly & Kelley, who along with you, keep our ministry strong.

I always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in my prayers.

Grace, Peace & Mercy to all,