NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2020
A Message from Rev. Crawford Brubaker
Recently I came across a scientific study about gratitude and anxiety that highlighted how the two are diametrically opposed. On one hand, when we are anxious and focused on the things that are going wrong in our lives it makes it extremely difficult to engage in the practice of gratitude. On the other hand, when we begin to cultivate the "practice of gratitude" and focus on the blessings in our lives and the things we have that we can be grateful for we slowly begin to experience a shift in attitude. According to science cultivating a practice of gratitude can lead to such benefits as:

  • It helps cure insomnia, according to a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information in the United States
  • It reduces stress hormones in the body
  • It increases activity in the hypothalamus and positively impacts the bodily functions, memory, and emotions.

There are verses throughout Scripture that encourage us to cultivate this habit - this "practice of gratitude" - reminding God's children, "whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."(Col 3:17) and "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" (Psalm 107:1) and "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

With all this in mind I hope we as a church community can begin to cultivate the "practice of gratitude" throughout this month of November as we strive together to focus on the blessings we have in our lives. To that end we have put together a "Gratitude Project" for each of you that includes guided activities to help you begin to form a habit of gratitude. While we long for the day when we can be back together in person again - let us take this month to set our eyes on the things we can be grateful for and give God thanks for the many blessings that abound in our lives - including being part of this special church community here at CPC Buckley.

Your Sibling in Christ,
Pastor Crawford

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(or outside restaurant/park meet-ups :)

Tuesdays 12-3pm
Fridays 12-4pm. 

If you are interested in scheduling a visit - please email me at brubaker.crawford@gmail.com. 
My number is 504-214-7513.

I look forward to the opportunity to continue to get to know each of you and hear how I can support you and your family in the midst of this difficult and peculiar time. I also want you to have my phone number and know you are welcome to call me to touch base anytime you need pastoral support.
As we trust that God has gone before us to make a way - know that you are not alone and you have a pastor and a community of folks in CPC Buckley who care about you and are here to support you.
BIBLE STUDY
November 11th 2020
WEDNESDAYS @6:30-7:30
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN
NEWS FROM PW
NOVEMBER 2020

Gratitude turns what we have into Enough!”

We are so grateful for all of the blessings we have experienced during these difficult times.  Just when the days seem dark, they emerge for us to see with clear eyes.  My goodness, it was so wonderful to see so many church friends at the annex during our Quilt Raffle ticket sales!

Congratulations to
QUILT RAFFLE WINNER 2020:  
CORIE SIEVERS!!!!!
We thank you for your generosity in contributing to this annual fundraiser for PW.  As with all of our efforts, proceeds are used for the many ways Presbyterian women assist in the needs of the church.

Our sprucing efforts at the church continue as we plan to give the Annex kitchen a thorough cleaning! The carpet in the meeting room looks fantastic after being shampooed! We hope to keep it stain free, and spot carpet cleaner, along with other cleaning supplies, is now located in the cleaning closet.  

As the holidays approach, we know you realize we will be unable to have our annual Christmas Cookie Sale fundraiser due to the pandemic. We have something else planned and hope you will be excited as we are! 

 As a joint fundraiser with our Deacons 
we present the:

COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN
CHRISTMAS WREATH SALE
$25 each

 These wreaths are lush, fresh, and handmade!  
You will not want to miss out on these beautiful decorations for your door! 

Cash or checks will be accepted.
The wreaths will be sold on site by PW, and by the Deacons!  We will set up in the church parking lot adjacent to the side door of the church.
(*Inclement weather plan:  please call Trudy Jones, Jan Burley, or Nancy Carter to see if wreath sales are suspended or rescheduled due to ice and/or snow.)

“Give Thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”   
 First Thessalonians 5:18


In gratitude for the opportunity to serve,

Your Presbyterian Womens’ Coordinating Team

Jan Burley, Nancy Carter, Rachael Crowder, Tina Honsowetz, Trudy Jones, Doris Maris, Betsy Stinson, and Kathy Trullinger 
YOUTH PROGRAMS- MESSAGE FROM ALLI BREWER
Youth Group meets Wednesday's at 6-7:30PM @ANNEX! PRE- REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
MASKS ARE REQUIRED
BACKPACK PROGRAM
The BackPack program continues to meet the growing demand in White River School District. On a Tuesday shopping trip we were joined by Pastor Crawford as we shopped, delivered and unloaded food for the next two weeks. We are blessed to have the high school’s transition students helping! They unload the truck, bag the food daily, deliver to the various pick up locations and take inventory for our next shopping trip. Volunteers are still not allowed inside the school buildings so all of our volunteer activities are being done by the students and their teachers. We have wonderful community partners that support this mission with donations of food and money. We are blessed to live in such a giving community! 
Besides going along on our BackPack shopping trip, Crawford also got a close up view of the Buckley Kiwanis Food Bank. He arrived in Buckley early enough to meet the volunteers and help unload the truck. The extra help was appreciated!  

Gary and Jan Burley
DEACON NEWS