Why I am Thankful

Dwayne Mauk (MN Conference)Today I was asked what I’m specifically thankful for.  I’m finding it hard to put into words.  I suppose one could say they are thankful for everything, or many things, or one specific thing.  The things that I am thankful for are not limited to this list, but here are a few; a wife, who shares the same beliefs and values that I do, for parents who not only instilled beliefs and values in me as I grew up, but continue to live those beliefs in spite of enduring health issues, for health, for coworkers and a job, for living a life that many would wish for, for the knowledge that this world is not the end, and most importantly in this time of the year, I’m thankful for a God who while controlling the universe, gave Himself for me, and has promised to come back and take all of His children home for ever.

Dwayne Mauk, Associate Treasurer

15 McCormick, ConnieToday I heard the testimony of one of our teachers who recently responded with sensitivity to the needs of a homeless lady.  This Thanksgiving I am extremely thankful for the sincerity of faith and commitment that I see in the faces, words and actions of our teachers.  We are so blessed by the ministry of these wonderful human beings!

Connie McCormick, Superintendent of Schools

Susan Inglish head shotI have so much to be thankful for.  I am thankful that my mother took me to Sabbath School when I was a child and taught me about Jesus.  I am thankful for my siblings who make me laugh until I cry.  I am thankful for my husband who is my best friend.  I am thankful for the joy that my children bring.  Praise the Lord.

Susan Inglish,Treasury Department Administrative Assistant

15Lechner, Dee AnnI am thankful for God’s grace and mercy he has shown my family this past year.  I am thankful for the blessings He has poured out on our church family in the Minnesota Conference.   And, with a grateful heart, I look forward to what the Lord has for us in the future!   “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

Dee Ann Lechner, Gift Planning & Trust Services Administrative Assistant

15 Lyons, CarolTo be thankful is to live a life of gratitude and praise to the Giver of all good things. As “I lift my eyes to the hills and their Creator who made all heaven and earth,” I know “He watches me; never sleeps, no never slumbers. He’s ever over me.” As I come and I go, I am safe for I know that His care is sufficient for me. Winter warmth and light, and a shady place in summer, He’s ever over me.” I am thankful that His grace and His care is sufficient for me!
Song: Words by Bob Stromberg

Carol Lyons, Vice President & Youth Ministries Administrative Assistant

15 Mauk, MelisaI am thankful for such a loving and God fearing husband, for all my family and friends, for being allowed to work in a Christian environment where others have the same beliefs as I do. I look forward to discovering what additional blessings God has in store for my church family, and the Minnesota Conference for this next year. May God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving.

Melisa Mauk, Education & Ministerial Administrative Assistant

15 Inglish, DougI am thankful for a healthy family and the opportunity to serve God’s church.

Doug Inglish, Gift Planning & Trust Services Director

15 McCormick, ShermanI am most thankful for my family. I am also most thankful for the hope we have in the soon coming of Jesus.

Sherman McCormick, Ministerial Director

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Thanksgiving

15 Officers Brian, Justin, ReggieThe Thanksgiving holidays are here! This is time for us to reflect on what the Lord has done for us as individuals and collectively as a community of believers. We are thankful for the many pastors, Bible workers and church members in our conference who are working very hard, sometimes in very difficult circumstances. We praise the Lord for the difference you all are making in the lives of the community.

We have seen signs of spiritual and stewardship growth in our conference.  For example, our membership stands at 9,520 (as of Nov 25); we have seen 263 baptisms, 197 people accepted by profession of faith and 203 accepted into membership by letter. We have seen a tithe increase, year-to-date we stand at 8.26% (Oct). We are thinking this is just icing on the cake; the Lord is doing a lot more in this conference.

Now dear friends, we are thinking that if every one of our 73 churches, 11 companies, 10 groups and every one of our 9,520 members made a pledge that next year they will to do some personal evangelism, will engage in the youth, will support Adventist Christian education — if we all pledged to give towards our stewardship program, if we all did some Christian service or pledged to strive to grow spiritually, this would be an even greater Conference. With everything we have seen this year we believe that we are seeing the Lord’s great exploits here!

At this time of year we know that there will be many appeals for charity.  We encourage you to give, but remember that when you give through the church, your charitable donation will be carefully used in the service of God. That is good stewardship.

We want to challenge each and every one to take time to collaborate with the Lord. Let Him use us to bless someone; let’s volunteer time to do community service. We know that there is a blessing in giving, we will be blessed as we give part of our time to help someone. So as we come to the end of the year let’s keep our EYES on eternity, let’s encourage each other in the Lord. Now is the time to say, “Thank you Lord for your faithfulness to us”. It is time to thank God and the church for the spiritual nourishment we received all year!  This is also time to challenge each other to live by faith. Minnesota Conference, let’s keep our EYES on eternity and let’s continue being generous to the church’s mission and ministry.

The good book says, “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,” 2 Cor. 9:10-12.

Blessings to each and all.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration