As we approach the Thanksgiving Season, I’m sure each of us can name many reasons why we are thankful.

As for me, I am thankful that:


  1. My husband, Ray, is heading toward recovery from his battle with cancer
  2. I had the energy and stamina to meet Ray’s many needs during this long health journey we traveled together.
  3. Many people showed their love & concern for Ray during his long illness.
  4. God made it possible for me to keep up with the responsibilities associated with my church music position while taking care of my husband.
  5. We have such a dedicated choir at First Baptist Church.
  6. God recently has blessed our Sanctuary Choir with four new singers at a time when we really needed a boost.

It is fitting that our Sanctuary Choir will be singing a wonderful, new anthem on Thanksgiving Sunday, Nov. 22nd.  The anthem is written by a contemporary musician in sacred, choral literature: Pepper Choplin. In his distinctive, lively style he not only lists the earthly things surrounding us which we admire and appreciate daily but he also reminds us of the blessings God bestows upon the human race such as:

  1. The joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child.
  2. Friends on earth and friends above, 
  3. For all gentle thoughts and mild.
  4. For Thyself, best gift divine, to our race so freely giv’n.
  5. For the great, great love of Thine,
  6. For peace on earth and endless joy in heaven.

For all You’ve done and the blessings You send our way, “We come today to say, “Thank you.” Come to the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Nov. 22nd & say, “Thank you” with us.  You’ll be glad you did.

Sing”cerely, Betty