Church of God
November 2018 - In This Issue:
Thanksgiving is two words: Thanks and Giving!

John Henry Jowett, a British preacher of an earlier generation, said this about gratitude:
"Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic."
  • Gratitude is like a vaccine, it can prevent the invasion of a disgruntled and discouraged spirit.
  • Gratitude is like an antitoxin, it can prevent the effects of the poisons of cynicism, criticalness and grumbling.
  • Gratitude is like an antiseptic; a spirit of gratitude can soothe and heal the most troubled spirit.
Thanksgiving is an amazing medicine; when we are thankful, worries cease, complaining disappears and peace comes into our hearts. Thanksgiving has a wonderful healing and soothing quality.

Thanksgiving is a special time to be with friends, family and to fellowship with those who are dear to us.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated less than a year after the Plymouth colonists had settled in America. The first dreadful winter had killed about half the members of the colony; but new hope came in the summer of 1621. The Indians taught the Pilgrims to fish off the rocky coasts, to plant corn and to hunt. The following summer and fall brought a bountiful harvest. So, despite all the death and hardships, they held a three-day Thanksgiving Celebration with about 90 Indians as their guests.

Their menu for that first Thanksgiving meal included:
  • Duck, Geese, Deer and Turkey
  • Clams, Eel, Lobster and other Fish
  • Wild Plums and Leeks
  • Cornbread and Watercress
In 1789, President George Washington, issued a proclamation naming November 26th as a day of National Thanksgiving; but this was a onetime event and there was no regular Thanksgiving Day.

President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November 1863, as - "A day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father"

Congress officially passed legislation naming the 4th Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day.

It has become rather easy for us to pass through Thanksgiving to focus our attention on Christmas rather than to grasp the real significance of it. Real Thanksgiving is a declaration of faith as we recognize the greatness of God. It is very clear in the Word of God that gratitude is at the very heartbeat of the life of the child of God. It doesn't matter if you are reading the Old Testament or the New, we are constantly confronted with words of gratitude and praise.

When Mark Twain was at the peak of his writing career, it is said that his magazine and journal articles were worth $ 5 a word, which was a great sum of money in those days.
A young Harvard graduate student sent Mark Twain a letter: "Dear Mr. Twain: Enclosed please find $ 5. Please send me your best word". A few days later, the student received a telegram with this single word response: "Thanks!"

It might be that "thanks" is the most valuable word in any language.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


October was pretty much "Ladies Month" at MCOG with a: "Healing & Deliverance Service", "Ladies' Breakfast", "Ladies' Day" and "Pink Sunday".

The theme for this year's "Ladies' Day" was: "Women Arise". 

We are very proud of the diversity of our church. Our congregation is made up of Lumbee Indians, Hispanics, African Americans, Jamaicans, Puerto Ricans, Trinidadians, I ndonesians, Italians, Laos and North & South American people. This was evident during our Ladies' Day weekend with:
  • Our 1st Lady, Gayle Jacobs Brackett, a Lumbee Indian, who spoke during the Friday evening service on healing and deliverance.
  • Pauline Blake our resident Jamaican preacher, spoke on Sunday morning of Ladies' Day on "You Can Make It On Broken Pieces".
  • Melissa Slusher Bishop, of German descent, spoke on "Women of God Arise and Let Jesus Christ be Lifted Up". 
We are a blessed church to have such diversity yet because of the abiding presence of the Spirit and the love of God; we have wonderful unity. 


Don't forget to set your clocks back 1 hour before going to bed this Saturday night.
(November 4, daylight savings time ends)

Youth Thanksgiving Service  

Friday Evening, November 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

Everyone is welcome!

Veterans Day

November 11 we will have a special celebration in honor of our veterans.

"The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war." 

- Douglas MacArthur

Thanksgiving Candlelight Communion Service

November 18, Sunday evening at 6:30.

Don't miss this sacred and powerful service.

1 Corinthians 11:24-25  
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.


Matthews Church of God
517 E John St.
Matthews, NC  28105

"A Church with open arms, a smiling face and a loving heart for all people."