Announcements and upcoming events can be found by reading “Nov. 19 Announcements“.

Dear Members & Friends of the Beresford-Centerville Joint Parish of the United Church of Christ,

Thanksgiving is just around the corner; then Advent; & before we know it Christmas & the New Year. 

 December 10 is a pivotal day for our congregations; it’s Candidate Sunday, a day on which we’ll have a candidate conduct our joint worship service after which the members will vote to either accept him as our full-time minister (or not).  The day begins in the Beresford UCC @ 9:30 in the morning with a Joint Parish potluck brunch & candidate meeting time, followed by the Joint service @ 11:00 a.m.  Then the vote.  We’re hopeful.

 In the interim, we are fortunate to have Rev. Cheryl Schmeling, a retired Methodist minister, to be with us on Sundays, at least through December. She’s a treasure!

 Do have a joyous Thanksgiving.  As you enjoy the Day, possibly consider the quotes that follow; quotes included in the November 19 bulletin

I am grateful for what I and have.  My thanksgiving is perpetual.  

Henry David Thoreau

Be thankful for what you have.  Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else’s fairy tale.  Wale Ayeni

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.  William Blake 

 Safe travels & a Happy Day!

 Nancy Ryger, Joint Parish secretary


Tuesday, November 21:  Brown Bag Lunch @ noon, Welcome Hall.

Wednesday, November 22:  Thanksgiving Eve service @ Beresford’s Zion United Methodist Church @ 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, November 23:  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Sunday, November 26:  Quarterly OCWM Offering received

Sunday, December 3

First Sunday of Advent

(C) Quarterly Trustee Meeting

Sunday, December 10:  CANDIDATE SUNDAY!  Joint Parish breakfast potluck brunch (begins @ 9:30 a.m.) & worship service (begins @ 11:00 a.m.) in Beresford UCC, followed by the vote upon our candidate.

Advent Candle Family Readers & Lighters of the Candles are needed!  Please sign up!  There’s a sign-up sheet on the bulletin table in each church and/or check with Jeri Williams in Centerville or Nancy Ryger in Beresford.

(B) Salvation Army Bell Ringers:  There are still 2 ½ slots open.  Please sign up.  Beresford UCC rings on Saturday, December 16, @ Burger King.

Re Horse Feeding Project article in the last Seed Sower:  All is taken care of as far as locating the hay & transportation; however, the project still needs financing.  The cost for the first load that was hauled out to Bridger last week was $3160.00.  At least two-three more loads will be required so the horses can make it through the winter.  If you would like to make a donation for this project, please contact one of the people listed on the Friends Committee or contact the SD Conference office (contact information is included in the November 13-30 Seed Sower.

Happy Birthday!

In Centerville:  Terri Buechler (21); Nathan Buechler (25)

In Beresford:  Lori Holzman & son Slayton Holzman (25)