2020 NACCC Thanksgiving Proclamation
The Rev. Dr. Shawn P. Stapleton
Center for Congregational Leadership Workshop Coordinator

On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation, saying “… it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.” While that statement is perpetually true, it seems truer than ever in 2020.
But it was 400 years ago this month – several generations before General Washington’s declaration of a national Day of Thanksgiving – that our spiritual and ecclesiastical fore parents stepped off the Mayflower on to the shores of Cape Cod after 66 harrowing days at sea. Conditions were challenging, to say the least, and they lost many of the family and friends with whom they left the shores of Europe. With the help of the indigenous Wampanoag people – a people they might otherwise would have defended themselves against – the Pilgrims were able to eventually plant and harvest sustainable crops and withstand the harsh climate of the New England shores.

Today, we are not unlike those Pilgrims – 
we have settled in uncharted territory;
we have lost many families and friends;
we need to band together to get through these challenges.

With those things in mind, let us give thanks:
for every breath, which is a gift from God;
for every moment together, knowing the next is not assured;
for every provision God supplies, no matter how meager;
for every member of our support system, without which we could not survive.

May God grant us all the courage, grace, strength, faith, and tenacity to forge ahead as we face whatever challenges might lay before us. With Jesus as our Lord and the Holy Spirit as our guide, we can march with confidence into 2021.

May the blessings of God be with all of you this holiday season!

Getting Involved
Nominations Welcome!
The NACCC Nominating Committee

The time is now to consider how you might use your interests and God-given talents for the NACCC. We are seeking nominations for our leadership team. Are you interested in helping to coordinate the Annual Meeting, or have a heart for Missions and a head for details, or perhaps you have some ideas of where you think the NACCC might be heading in the future? Please consider joining the team.

If a leadership position sparks your interest, or if you know of someone in your church who may be interested, now is the time to let us know. Click here for information and a Nomination form. Or visit the NACCC website- “Get Involved,” section.

Nominations must be received no later than January 15, 2021

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NACCC Executive Director

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