Gratitude Attitude

This past January my grandfather, whom we grandkids affectionately called Papa B.O., found out he was terminally ill and went under hospice care in Denver, Colorado. He was in a nursing home the last couple months of his life. My brother, Curt, had the opportunity to visit him regularly and they spoke openly about his pending death.

During one visit Curt asked him, “Papa B.O., I know that I will want to speak at your memorial service. What would you like me to tell everyone there?â€

Papa B.O. said, “I don’t care, Curt, you say whatever you want.â€

A couple weeks later, on Curt’s last visit with him, Papa B.O. said, “Curt, I have been thinking about that question you asked me a couple of weeks ago.â€

Curt said, “Which question—I’ve asked many.â€

Papa B.O. said, “About what you should say at my service. I want you to tell them, ‘Thanks, thanks for being there.’â€

Indeed at the service my brother closed his eulogy with this story.

My grandfather was a man whose main attitude toward life was gratitude. He would thank anyone for anything. If he took me to lunch (and he always paid), he would thank me for going to lunch with him. If he filled my car with plants for my garden (something he did for innumerable people—he had a backyard greenhouse), he would thank me for taking the plants off of his hands. I am sure that “thank†and “you†were, by far, the most common words to pass his lips. He was also one of the most perennially happy people I ever met.

In fact, most of the content people I know have a similar gratitude attitude. And, they aren’t necessarily people with an easy life. I’m convinced that looking for the pieces of life of which to be thankful is an essential part of a meaningful life. This is why Thanksgiving is such an important holiday. It is all about gratitude. It must be good for the country for families everywhere, regardless of race, ethnic group, political party, or any other category, to stop for a moment and say thank you.

I am thankful for the love and compassion of the Congregational Church of Huntington. Our focus on mission, our welcome for all people, and our loving concern for each other makes this a wonderful community. Thank you, for being here.

The annual Huntington Community Thanksgiving Worship Service is tonight at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 8:00 PM (109 Browns Road, next to Coindre Hall).

See you in church,

mark

Upcoming events:
ï¶ 50th Anniversary Celebration Begins: On Sunday, December 4 we will begin our year-long celebration of our anniversary with the unveiling of our 50th anniversary banner/quilt and the distribution of the 50th anniversary history booklet.
ï¶ Advent Party: The annual advent party is Sunday, December 4, at 4:00 PM. There will be tree ornament making for the children, centerpiece making for families and a spaghetti dinner served by the PF. Cost for dinner is $6 for adults, $3 for children, with a $15 family maximum.
ï¶ The Annual Community Messiah Sing-A-Long will be at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring Harbor, on December 12, at 8:00 PM.

Volunteer Opportunities
ï¶ HIHI Program:
We need someone to stay overnight this Saturday, November 26. (There is now also a hired security guard on duty each night.)
Also, we have the morning shift on Christmas day. Can anyone come at 6:30 AM to help with clean-up?
ï¶ Christmas Phone Cards: We are collecting money to purchase phone cards for the HIHI guests to give them on Christmas morning. Talk to Anne Canadeo or Annie McClintock to assist.
ï¶ Christmas Gift Tree: Beginning December 4 we will have a tree with suggested gift items for the Huntington Holiday Gift Boutique. Pick a star and return the gift. The gifts should be new and unwrapped as this program allows low-income parents to go to the boutique and select presents for their children.
ï¶ Christmas Pageant: The casting for the Christmas Pageant is December 4, following worship. All youth members are encouraged to participate.
ï¶ Bandfest chaperones needed for December 16.

CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday, November 27 Fellowship Hour at 11:30 AM – Schoepke/Shorrock
Monday, November 28 Prayer & Meditation Circle at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, November 30 Bell Choir at 7:00 PM
Thursday, December 1 Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 4 Advent Party starting at 4:00 PM. Spaghetti Supper by the Pilgrim Fellowship at 6:00 PM.
Monday, December 5 50th Anniversary Banquet Planning at 7:00 PM
Prayer & Meditation Circle at 7:30 PM
Board of Trustees Meeting at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, December 6 Church Council Meeting at 8:00 PM
Wednesday, December 7 Bell Choir at 7:00 PM
Thursday, December 8 Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 11 New Member Sunday Service at 10:00 AM
CCH Concert Choir at 4:00 PM
Monday, December 19 Prayer & Meditation Circle at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, December 13 The Women’s Discussion Group’s Christmas Pot-Luck Supper will be held at Neila Werner’s house, 4 Dublin Court, East Northport. Please bring a pot-luck for all to enjoy. Call Neila, at 757-7646, to let her know you will attend.
Wednesday, December 14 Bell Choir at 7:00 PM
Thursday, December 15 Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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