For only the second time since we returned to California 20 years ago, we will not be taking our annual Thanksgiving trek to Alan’s parents’ home in Reno, NV. As our family grows and ages, a one-car trip with one stop-over has become a multi-car affair with four days of driving, so we have decided to forego our tradition this year. We will miss the breathtaking views of the Sierra range, golden aspens along the highway, the tufa towers of Mono Lake, and travelling alongside the churning Walker River. And the very special shared times we have enjoyed will be remembered as we celebrate Thanksgiving in new ways this year.
I enjoy this season in which we consciously reflect on the things we are thankful for in our lives; family is right at the top of my list. And I think our church community is something for which we all feel deep gratitude. I am thankful to see all of your shining faces on Sunday mornings and for the many ways in which you all create and sustain our congregation. This may be a good time to thank each other for things small and large such as providing inspiration and leadership, maintaining our building and outdoor space, preparing goodies for coffee hour on Sunday mornings, cleaning up, managing our church office, shepherding our finances, welcoming visitors, making connections within and beyond our church, nurturing our children, providing music and technical support, organizing social gatherings, preparing delicious food to share, decorating and beautifying our shared space…surely we have many things to be thankful for.