1. Erica C.
    November 27, 2009 @ 12:21 am

    First, I am especially grateful to live in a country where historically we have acknowledged our dependency on divine providence and provision.

    “It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
    Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation 1863

    Very close to home this year is my mom’s success in her cancer treatment. I am grateful for the technician that practically hounded my mom until she scheduled her biopsy. Throughout this crazy experience, I have been in awe of my dad’s persistently-selfless care for my mom. I am honored to have incredible, God-fearing parents.

    On a RAC note, I’m so grateful to be plugged into a community of believers who care for the things of God and for me (can I just say for the thousandth time that it’s so cool to share in communion where people know my name)!


  2. Jennie
    November 27, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

    To list all the things I am thankful for would take way too much space. What I am most thankful for this very second is… 1) MY HUSBAND, who always works hard to support us. He had to work later than most Wed in the office (and much of the night and yesterday via blackberry) and is working all day in the office today without a single complaint and with a great attitude, to provide for his family, but also to best serve his clients and coworkers. On top of that, he did the bulk of the cooking and cleanup yesterday, with joy in his heart and a smile on his face. 2) For the local merchants who make my little piece of large NOVA such a great “small town feeling” community. Especially for all the awesome folks at D&V Texaco. Life is good. Thanks be to God.


  3. Jennie
    November 29, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

    At church this morning, I was (again) struck by SO many things I am thankful for at RAC:

    1. An amazing Servant Team and many others, who have worked so hard for well over a year doing so many varied tasks (from large to tiny details) to make things happen. Can’t even begin to calculate the hours you have each given. Thank you!
    2. For Louise, Steve and Grace who love our children and spend countless hours every week preparing to teach them and doing all the endless tasks involved in starting and keeping a children’s ministry and nursery going. For all the teachers, and other volunteers who labor along side the Brooks to keep these ministries alive.
    3. For Kristen and Erica and all the rest of you with such great “artist eyes” and hands for decorating, putting together photos and all the other stuff you do to help beautify our worship experience. And for great t-shirts!
    4. For Ramsey and his team of financial awesomeness.
    5. For Josh, Erin and others who work so diligently to give us a great website.
    6. For all those musically and technically talented folks who sing, play, run sound board and do powerpoint each week. Thanks for sharing your gifts!
    7. For the gift of celebrating communion every week and for everybody who works hard to make that happen. I am especially thankful for this today. Thank you, David, for having weekly communion at RAC!
    8. For Tom and Jeff and all those who work to make sure we have heat or AC, toilet paper and everything in between every week!
    9. For the assimilation team for coordinating coffee and treats every week and for all the other work you do to get folks connected.
    10. For the outreach team. For those who have worked so hard with AFAC on Sunday afternoons.
    11. For Amy and others who work each week to give us a great worship guide.
    12. For everybody I am neglecting to mention by name or committee. I am thankful for each and every person who makes RAC such a wonderful place to belong! Thank you!
    13. And of course for Erin and David and Team Hanke!

    Thanks be to God!


  4. davidmartinhanke
    November 30, 2009 @ 9:51 am

    GREAT list Jennie. This is what I feel when I drive away at 12:15 on Sundays. Wow! this is awesome. Thanks God for such great people who are committed to a great mission.


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