I am a true fan of November.
Situated at the end of autumn and the dawn of winter, November welcomes scarf weather, soup, apple cider, and of course—Thanksgiving. Even though I am admittedly biased due to my November birthday, I fervently believe that Thanksgiving is the best holiday.
Think about it.
Thanksgiving is a day that solely focuses on gathering friends and family around a table for the sake of gratitude, community, and sweet potato casserole (the perfect food). What an ingenious idea!
My home is no exception. The Hearon family is known for its "open table" policy. I never know who will be attending, but I can count on two things: the table will be overflowing with scrumptious food and my dad will urge the group to participate in "spotlight," a time when each person shares their highlights and lowlights of the year -- introverts be warned.
Alongside delicious meals and family traditions, November is the perfect time to turn our hearts and minds to service. The reality is many people are unable to fill their tables with food. This reality has inspired the Christian Life Commission to present two opportunities to share with local and global neighbors this November.
- Giving Thanks, Giving Hope Thanksgiving Share-a-thon: November 19-20
We are excited to announce that Radio Luz, a statewide Spanish Christian radio, is hosting a "share-a-thon" to raise support for the Hunger Offering! Tune in to 1160 AM in San Antonio, 1440 AM in Austin, and 102.5 FM & 1440 AM in Dallas on November 19-20 to join as we share stories, prayers, and resources for ministries across Texas and around the world.
- Hunger Offering 5th Sunday: November 29
November 29th is the final 5th Sunday of 2015. Every 5th Sunday, Texas Baptist encourages congregations and individuals to love their local and global neighbors by collecting a special offering for the Hunger Offering. These gifts feed individuals and families, as well as support development and equipping programs across the globe.
In a description of the early church, Acts 2:46 says "they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts." (NRSV)
As we enter into this holiday season, let us remember to have an open table policy with our brothers and sisters in Christ. So come on—pull up a chair.
If you or your church has any questions about these opportunities, feel free to contact me at ali.hearon [at] texasbaptists.org or (512) 473-2288.