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Pondering from the Pastor

Dear Friends at Lake Eunice,

First of all, I must apologize for not getting this newsletter out on time, time ran out on me quicker than I realized! I know I have the same amount of time as everyone else, I just don’t know where last week went! I also suddenly realized that we ran out of the fall season and transitioned into winter much quicker than I thought. As I was sitting on a deer stand on Monday, the lakes were freezing over, Fox lake is now completely frozen over, geese and swans, and yes even pelicans were flying in flocks of hundreds of birds, squawking and honking and filling the air with their voices. I think fall ran out for them too! They are heading south for the winter!

            One thing that hasn’t ran out for us yet is our opportunities to give praise to God for His wonderful goodness to each and every one of us. I have found many reasons in the last month to praise Him because He has provided for Pat and I way above and beyond what we deserve. No we didn’t get a huge windfall of money, but He has helped us in ways too numerous to mention. I can see His hand everywhere. I hope you can too. November is traditionally the month that we are more thankful because of the Thanksgiving holiday. I found some early history from the colonies.

            The English settlers to the New World in the 1600s were people who were seeking a new life to escape religious persecution in Europe. They had a tough first winter in the new world which decimated half of the population that survived the journey across the Atlantic. The Native Americans living in the area, were of a tribe known as the Wampanoag whose leader was Massasoit better known as Squanto, he had had previous contact with Europeans and from them, learned the English language. So their tribe befriended the colonists and showed them how to grow crops and fertilize them with fish. They had an abundant harvest, and decided to hold a celebration to give thanks for what God had done for them. So they went hunting, and when the Natives heard shots, they thought the colonists were preparing for war, however when Massasoit and about 70 Native American men went to investigate the rumors, he found that they were merely hunting to have a celebration, so he and his tribe decided to join the colonists. 

There were about 140 Native and European people at this celebration which lasted for three days, they ate venison, shellfish, roasted corn and William Bradford, the governor of the colony, in his writings said that there was an abundance of wild game and waterfowl. Massasoit is said to have provided five deer himself for the celebration. They also played ball games and had marksmanship competitions, it was a great time of giving thanks.   Pastor Dale