Written by Administrator Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:00
A Great Thanksgiving Banquet!
“Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.” - Fr. Alexander Schmemann
Once in seminary I was told that Fr. Alexander Schmemann used to say that Thanksgiving is truly the most Christian of all American holidays. I certainly agree! With all the family, food and warm thanks offered, one can easily imagine that our Thanksgiving meal is a foretaste of the Great Thanksgiving Banquet to come!
But for so many this week, Thanksgiving is a harsh reminder of the loneliness and overwhelming struggle just to “make it” that they feel every day...
This thanksgiving season FOCUS NA volunteers have helped to prepare and distribute Thanksgiving baskets and have served thousands of warm holiday meals. They also have taken time to visit with those who would otherwise have gone without food or family. I wish everyone could join us at least once to serve a meal in a FOCUS Center and see how thankful people are for what is offered and sit to listen to their stories first hand. To be honest, I feel that the poor we serve are often so much more thankful for the little they have than I have ever been for all that I enjoy. But times are hard and getting harder. That’s why we are so thankful for your generous gift today.
Because of your generous support this Thanksgiving, Orthodox Christians are uniting together to give hope to the hopeless! Here are three examples of how your prayers and gifts to FOCUS North America are making a real difference:
In the next few weeks, we will serve more meals and care for more people than at any other time of the year! While this means more chances to help change the lives of those we serve, it also means we need more help.
Would you share your thanksgiving for all God has given you by helping to provide hot, nutritious meals and vital life-recovery ministries for those in need through FOCUS North America? Please click on the donate button in this email to give today.
Many times, those we serve simply need someone who cares to listen and a helping hand to regain their footing in life. The generosity of faithful friends like you makes it possible for this Thanksgiving to be special and keeps FOCUS North America’s doors open all year around. And that should give you a special thanksgiving too! Thank you!
Fr. Justin Mathews
PS - We are so thankful for your generous support donated online today! Click on the following links to read an amazing story of your gifts in action at our FOCUS MN Center and to listen to our latest podcast interview with Mat. Vera Proctor, Local Director of FOCUS MN.