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Lee.jpg GIVING THANKS!

What an easy thing to do - but what a difficult thing to do.  When was the last time you said, "Thank you" to someone?  It probably wasn't very long ago was it?  Most of us have been trained to thank others for their kindness and generosity.  Most of us have also developed the good habit of thanking people for nothing more than doing their jobs.

Betty has been in the hospital for a week and a half as I write this article.  I cannot begin to count how many times I have said, "Thank you" to nurses and aides and doctors who have come into her room to check on her or do something to help her.  Yes, they are just doing their job.  And it shouldn't be a thankless job.  No job should be thankless.  Whether it is a paid job or a volunteer job, someone is expending effort to perform a needed task.

I would like to say, "Thank you for supporting this church."  Without the people who attend our worship, fill officer positions, volunteer time and energy, sing in the choir, care for our property, keep our books, bake our bread, call and visit our members, we would not be a church.

And I would like to say, "Thank you for supporting our church financially."  Without your tithes and offerings and other gifts I wouldn't get paid.  Our building would be hot in the summer and cold in the winter.  The lights wouldn't come on and the organ wouldn't play.  We wouldn't be able to have outside groups use our facilities.  There would be no Hope Center classes, no Youth Orchestra classes, no Girl Scout meetings, no NA meetings without your financial support.

We have received a "thank you" from several organizations that we, as a church, support financially.  God's Pantry Food Bank sent thanks for helping put food on Kentucky tables.  The Salvation Army sent thanks for helping finance the Hanger Shelter.  The Hope Center sent thanks for helping provide a Second Chance for their clients.

I would like to say, "THANK YOU" also.

Bro. Lee


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GETTING READY FOR FALL AND WINTER!

How does God's creation get ready for the change of seasons to fall and winter?  God had a plan for all of creation to survive seasonal changes.  Here is how many animals handle cold weather - some information from "sciencemadesimple.com".

Migrate

Some animals "migrate."  They travel to places where the weather is warmer or where they can find food.  (Humans have been doing this since transportation methods have improved.  Floridians and Arizonians call them “snowbirds” among other things.)

Many birds migrate in the fall.  Some travel in large flocks, like geese.  Other kinds of birds fly alone.

We don’t understand how they know when it is time to leave for the winter - that is still a mystery of God.  It may be triggered by changes in the amount of daylight and the weather.  The Arctic tern nests close to the North Pole in the summer and in autumn, it flies south all the way to Antarctica.  Most migrating birds travel shorter distances.  They seem to navigate using the sun, moon, and stars for direction.  They also seem to have a compass in their brain for using the Earth's magnetic field.  Science still doesn’t understand God’s creation.

Other animals migrate, too.  A few mammals, like some bats, caribou, elk, and whales will travel in search of food each winter. Many fish also migrate south or move into deeper, warmer water.

Some insects migrate.  Termites, Japanese beetles, and Earthworms move down deeper in the soil, some as far as six feet below the surface.  Migration doesn’t have to cover great distances.

Adapt

Some animals remain and stay active in the winter and adapt to the changing weather.  Many have changes in their behavior or bodies.  They may grow new, thicker fur in the fall.  Some animals, like squirrels, mice, and beavers gather extra food in the fall and store it to eat later.  Some, like rabbits and deer, spend winter looking for moss, twigs, bark, and leaves to eat.

Other animals eat different kinds of food as the seasons change.  The red fox eats fruit and insects in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter it eats small rodents.

Some find winter shelter in holes in trees or logs, under rocks or leaves, or underground.  To stay warm, animals like squirrels and mice huddle close together.

Ice fishermen are glad that some fish stay active in cold water during the winter.

Hibernate

Some animals hibernate for part or all of the winter.  This is a special, very deep sleep.  The animal's body temperature drops, and its heartbeat and breathing slow down.  It uses very little energy.

In the fall, these animals get ready for winter by eating extra food and storing it as body fat.  They use this fat for energy while hibernating.  Some wake periodically and will store food like nuts or acorns to eat during those times.  Bears, skunks, chipmunks, and some bats hibernate.

Other Ways to Survive

Cold-blooded animals like fish, frogs, snakes, and turtles have no way to keep warm during the winter.  Snakes and many other reptiles find shelter in holes or burrows and spend the winter inactive or dormant.

Water makes a good shelter for many animals.  They move to the bottom of lakes and ponds.  There, frogs, turtles, and many fish hide under rocks, logs, or fallen leaves.  They may even bury themselves in the mud and become dormant.  Cold water holds more oxygen than warm water, and the frogs and turtles can breath by absorbing it through their skin.

God has a plan of survival for animals that follow His plan.  They don’t try to out-think God and do things their own way.  They live by the instincts that God gave them.  WE SHOULD BE SO SMART.

What About People? (not from "sciencemadesimple.com")

In many ways, we are some of the least capable animals when it comes to being able to live in harsh weather.  Most of us do not have a heavy covering of fur to protect us from the cold of winter or the heat of summer.  We cannot run fast enough or far enough to migrate every year.  Our bodies are not able to hibernate (although many do a good job of imitating hibernation during basketball and football seasons).

God had a different plan for us.  He made our brains to work in ways that are different from other animals.  We have the ability to think about problems and work out solutions that do not depend strictly on our physical abilities.

At some point a person discovered that the skin and fur of another species could keep him/her warm.  Over the centuries skins were replaced by manufactured cloth.  A person also understood the benefits of fire as a source of heat, and then learned how to keep it burning.

We have developed the ability to migrate as far and much faster than any of God’s other creatures.  God has given us options that other animals do not have.

Probably by observing other species, humans developed shelters that were not just natural caves and holes in trees.  What started as simple nests were upgraded as a person saw an adaptation that offered better protection.  The structures and materials have become more sophisticated because of our ability to think through problems.  Now, we hunker down in our buildings made of all kinds of materials.  We insulate them and seal them to keep out rain, snow, wind, heat, and cold.

Arlington is preparing for winter by making some improvements to our building.  The last sections of our old roof should be replaced before winter.  The new roof is going to be slightly sloped so there is no ponding of water on it like there is now.  This will protect our structure and our people for years to come.  We are also updating some old air conditioners and furnaces to newer, more efficient models.  After a warm summer of dealing with one side of our Education Building not having a functioning A/C, it will be nice to have heat and cool when we need it.

God is taking care of us and our church with the same love God has for the other animals who survive difficult times.

Bro. Lee