Thanksgiving Offering and Eucharist

Thanksgiving has, over the decades, become associated with family reunions, festive feasts, and football. It is, for most, a joyous day, a time of rest and delectable food, a national holiday in the midst of our busy lives that provides a chance for a change in rhythm and the opportunity to give thanks for all with which we have been blessed.

It is important, however, to remember where our thanks need first and foremost to be directed: namely, to God, who blessed us into being and continues to grace us with generosity and love and the possibility of joy. This year, as always, we will celebrate a special Eucharist on Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 a.m. The day will feature some of the most beloved hymns in our repertoire, a simple homily, and the chance to see friends, grown up kids, old neighbors, and others, as, together, we offer our grateful praise to God for all that we are and have and do. Come, join in the celebration of gratitude: let us begin our day of thanksgiving by directing our praise to the One who showers us with all delights, and has so richly gifted and blessed us.

Another way to express our thanks to God is to participate in the Thanksgiving Outreach Offering, envelopes for which are available in the church parlor and office (or donations can simply be mailed in or dropped off). Please use these envelopes to support our ministry of offering aid and compassion to those in various kinds of distress and sorrow in the Chicago area. The very love God has instilled in our hearts-the source of our attitude of thanksgiving-prompts us to reach out in love and empathy to those who are struggling and facing frequently severe challenges. Thank you, in advance, for your thoughtfulness and generosity.