We are a JOYOUS Community of faith!
Dear friends, 

Do you have any memories of profound thankfulness? Do you have a life experience that stands out to you as a holy moment where God's Grace moved you to a point of extreme thankfulness?

It is November, after all, and this is the time of year when we take time to recognize the goodness of God and share our thanks for all that we have and all that we are. 

One of my moments of profound thanks came one Sunday morning during my seminary training. The church where I was serving had windows in the sanctuary that let in a fair amount of natural light. There was a window right behind the altar that allowed for rays of light to shine on the altar. As the paten (plate) and chalice (cup) were placed on the altar, the rays of light danced on the silver communion set and all over the altar. I was overcome with gratitude for my ministry and for the church. I was absolutely overcome with gratitude for Christ and my life of faith. 

In the back pages of our Book of Common Prayer (BCP) we have a section with prayers and thanksgivings. There are prayers for the world, the church, our nation, society, families, and so much more. On page 836 in the BCP we have a section on all sorts of thanksgivings. Here is our general thanksgiving that is a beautiful reminder to be thankful for all that life has to offer…  

A General Thanksgiving
Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast
obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

These are beautiful prayers for this season of mindful gratitude. I commend these prayers to you throughout this month of thankfulness. May God bless you with grace, gratitude, and rays of light dancing in your life.

Yours in Christ,
God’s Peace, Love, and Blessings, 
Beth+
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Serving Our Community
World Kindness Day
Saturday November 13, 2021 is World Kindness Day. This is a global day that encourages the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. It is celebrated on November 13th every year and reminds us that compassion and love bind us together. Thank you to everyone who picked up and put together Kindness Bags to pass out to people on this special day.
PROVISIONS FOOD PANTRY
Thank you to everyone who donated to Provisions Outreach!  We were able to put together 40 Thank you bags for their volunteers! In addition, we have been able to give them peanut butter, jelly and tuna thanks to your contributions.

If you are looking for ways to continue your help and support of Provisions you can read more about helping them on their website.
Bulverde Musik in the Park
Thank you for the help last Saturday! We had a great time listening to the music, eating sno-cones in the cold weather and sharing projects on gratitude with the kiddos at the park. During the winter months Musik in the Park takes a break but we will be back helping in March.
This Week at ST. NICK'S
Saturday Pick-up Soccer

Nov. 13, 3-4pm

Join Montana, Jeremy and Patrick as they play a friendly game of pick-up soccer. We meet and play on our awesome front yard. All ages - kids, youth, adult - are welcome to come and join in the fun!
Sunday Worship

All are invited to worship with us. 

8:30am - Outdoor Worship
9:30am - Indoor Worship

You can also livestream our 9:30am worship on YouTube, our website, or our Facebook page.

Bible Journal Small Group

Mondays, 9:15am

Join us in contemplation, conversation and creativity with Psalm 9. You can write, paint, draw, or color your thoughts on the Psalms.
(Breakfast for) Dinner Church

Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm

Sometimes you just have to have breakfast for dinner. Come and enjoy time together before the busyness of Thanksgiving with prayers, friendship, outside Jenga and Cornhole. Feel free to bring a friend!

Please RSVP to Rev. Beth at revbeth@stnickshillcountry.org and let her know you are coming.
Thursday Moms Group

Thursday, Nov. 18
9:15am

Want to connect with other mom’s? Come to St. Nick’s for coffee, tea, and muffins to pray together and grow in friendship.
Men's Lunch Small Group

Thursdays, 11:30am

Stop by a local eatery to pick up lunch or have some leftovers from Dinner Church and come to St. Nick's for Bible study and fellowship.
Women's Bible Study
Thursdays, 1pm

Women's Bible Study via Zoom. We study and discuss the upcoming Sunday's Gospel reading.

Contact Rev. Beth at revbeth@stnickshillcountry.org  for the link.
Save the Date!
Advent Wreath Making


November 21st

Stay after the 9:30am service to make advent wreaths and learn about the tradition. We will have Advent Wreath projects for young and old alike.
St. Nick's Celebration and Bishop's Visit

December 5th

Come for a day of celebration and great joy. Bishop High will be with us as we celebrate two years together as a worshiping community. Join us for lots of praise, lots of fun activities for families, and lots of fun!!!
Advent Activity After Worship

December 12th

Stay after the 9:30am Worship and hear the Christmas story and make cute nativity scenes.
Church Administration and Volunteer Information
Volunteer Helpers Sunday AM
We are in want of some readers and helpers on Sunday mornings. You can click on the link here or the red button that says "sign-up" and put your name down for one of our ministry positions. We are looking for readers, greeters, chalice helpers, and hospitality helpers. If you have any questions you can contact Rev. Beth and she will be glad to answer questions regarding these important ministries.
2265 Bulverde Rd.
Bulverde, TX 78163
Phone: 214-213-0739