What are you thankful for?
Over the course of the last few months, we have been asking what you are thankful for. Here are some of our responses...

* LCS is thankful for our donors! 
* Jason Zehnder is thankful for a nation where we can teach the Gospel. 
* Tanya Barfield is thankful for the amazingly gifted and talented faculty she gets to work with ever day. 

To see more, "Like" our Facebook Page.  We have been and will continue to post them throughout November. Join our thankful movement.  Post or tweet what you are thankful for and tag LCS. 
Giving Tuesday

The work at LCS would not be possible without our donors! Thank you! Our grants, like Hearts for Family, which helps families recieve counseling that they may night be able to pay for, are completely funded by donors.

December 29th is Giving Tuesday. It marks a day where we think about giving back to the community.  

What are some ways you can give back to LCS?

* Pray - for our therapists, staff, the schools we are in and the people we work with
* Give - Donate to our grants that help us make counseling available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. Donate HERE
* Shop - Use Amazon Smile and give back to LCS (more details below)
* Share - a Facebook post or tell your friends about LCS
Amazon Smile

If you shop on Amazon, you could be helping raise funds for Lutheran Counseling Services.  Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to LCS.  AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service... just with the added benefit!

To use Amazon Smile follow these easy steps:
1. Go to smile.amazon.com
2. Search for Lutheran Counseling Services
3. Select to give back to LCS
4. Start shopping

Come, you thankful people, come;
Raise the song of harvest home.
All is safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin.
God, our maker doth provide
For our wants to be supplied.
Come to God's own temple, come
Raise the song of harvest home.
             As a young girl attending Dunbar Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas I looked forward to Friday afternoons when our teachers would let us sing or do art. My favorite times were singing all kinds of songs - patriotic ones, fun ones, and songs for the holidays.
With the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, I recall how the words and meaning of Henry Alford's "Come, You Thankful People, Come" made me feel. Even as a young girl, I had some understanding that we should depend on God and give thanks to Him for our blessings. Today, I am convinced of the importance of gratitude. Nothing promotes a positive approach to life more than acknowledging the blessings - small and  large- in our lives. We look to the scriptures for reassurance - 1 Thessalonians 5:18 "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus". There may be reasons why this simple act of practicing gratitude is not valued. For example,  children did not hear their parents verbally express appreciation for the good things in their lives or many people feel entitled and have difficulty understanding that there are very few things in life that are guaranteed us. One other reason for not practicing gratitude is linked to a negative attitude. We all know people who consistently have little (or nothing) positive to say about anything - always a complaint, blaming others when something did not go as they planned. It's not unusual for pessimistic people to "wait for the other shoe to drop" as if good things are not to be appreciated. Hence, a lack of gratitude. Is it possible, you might ask, for people to change and learn to express appreciation? Of course - but with a great deal of modeling, practice and a sincere desire for change. Some strategies that may promote change include making a list of things (situations or people) that enrich your life. Keeping a "gratitude journal" with daily entries helps us appreciate the smallest blessings. Reading God's words about giving thanks serves as a model of behavior along with prayers acknowledging His faithfulness in providing for us. May I challenge you during this season of thanksgiving  (and every day!) to be THANKFUL.
Even so, Lord quickly come
To your final harvest home.
Gather all your people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified, in your garner to abide.
Come, with all your angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home.
By: Mary Jo Hoard, LCSW
LCS in the Community
Mary Jo Hoard presented a talk "Why Mental Illness in Seniors is Predictable - But not Necessarily So" to 300 senior citizens attending an annual Thanksgiving luncheon on November 9. This event was sponsored by Delta Omicron Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and held at the James R. Smith Center in Orlando.

Dr. Armstrong presented the topic "Surviving Early Marriage Stressors" to a  Marriage Enrichment Forum  series on Successful Marriage sponsored by 
T rinity Lutheran Church in Ithaca, NY.