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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                Thanksgiving is a tim HeraldZeltung g Friday November o 9A Thanksgiving Day is a day set aside each year for giving thanks to Ood for blessings received during the year On this day people give thanks with feasting and prayer The first Thanksgivings in New England were harvest festivals or days for thanking God for plentiful crops For this reason the holiday still takes place late in the fall after the crops have been gathered The very mention of Thanksgiving often calls up memories of kitchens and pantries crowded with good things to eat Thanksgiving is also a time for serious religious thinking church services and prayer The First Thanksgiving observance in America was entirely religious and did not involve feasting On Dec 4 1619 a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Plantation on the James River near what is now Charles City Va The groups charter required that the day of arrival be observed yearly to give thanks to God The first Thanksgiving in New England was celebrated in Plymouth less than a year after the Plymouth 1 colonists had settled in America The first dreadful winter in Massachusetts had killed about half the members of the colony But new hope arose in the summer of 1621 The settlers expected a good corn harvest despite poor crops of peas wheat and barley Thus in early imily Msgr Edward Bily Guest Column autumn Gov William Bradford arranged a harvest festival to give thanks to God for the progress the colony had made The festival lasted three days About 90 Indians also attended the festival They brought five deer to add to the feast Similar harvest Thanksgivings were held in Plymouth the next several years but no traditional date was set The custom of Thanksgiving Day spread from Plymouth to other New England colonies During the Revolutionary War eight special days of thanks were observed for victories and for being saved from dangers In 1789 George Washington issued a general proclamation naming Nov 26 a day of national thanksgiving In the same year the Protestant Episcopal Church announced that the first Thursday in November would be a regular yearly day for giving thanks For many years the country had no regular national Thanksgiving Day But some states had a yearly Thanksgiving holiday Then Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November 1863 as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Each year afterward for 75 years the president formally proclaimed that Thanksgiving should be celebrated on the last Thursday of November But in 1939 Franklin D Roosevelt set it one week earlier He wanted to help business by lengthening the shopping period before Christmas Congress ruled that after 1941 the fourth Thursday of November would be observedas Thanksgiving Day and would be a legal federal holiday This year Nov 28 is set aside as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God for all the material and spiritual blessings bestowed upon us during the past year Families take this opportunity to come together to strenghten family love joys and all sources that they have to keep them united in the bond of family spirit One great source of unity and strength is used by families troubled by a separation caused by arguments misunderstandings and various other problems This gathering of families is used as a means of reconciliation and forgiveness to restore the love and unity shattered by human weakness and neglect of living according to Gods standards for family unity One powerful source for the observance of Thanskgiving for family unity is the Thanksgiving Day meal In the family prayer before the meal take the time to recall the besssings of the past year by allowing every member seated at the table to share verbally his or her blessings with the other members This is the day the Lord has made let us be glad and rejoice in it and be grateful to God not only today but every day because each day is filled with Gods blessings granted to us for the increase of the bond of unity joy and peace in our families A prayer for your use on Thanksgiving Day that demonstrates our gratitude to God may bear fruit in loving service to our fellow men and women is Father all powerful your gifts of love are countless and your goodness infinite On Thanksgiving Day we come before you with gratitude for your kindness open our hearts to concern for our fellow men and women so that we may share your gifts in loving service Monsignor Edward F Bily is the parochial vicar at Sts Peter Paul Church in New Advertise on our church page Call 6259144 FERGUSON HERMES INSURANCE AGENCY SINCE 1932 6254500 PORTER GRAPHICS Your business could be here Call 6259144 for more Information UEBONNET NEW BRAUNPEL3 TX 78130 6068011 HUNTER JUNCTION iyft js I Gruenes Original TShirt Shop Since 1981 210 6294900 Your business could be here Call 6259144 for more Information Terns Commerce Baric Working For Your 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6290405 Church of Christ 1665 Highway 81 W Bible classes for all 9 worship 10 evening worship Wed classes for all ages Nursery available Church of Christ 117 E Zipp Rd 6200055 Preacher Mark Reeves Sun and Wed 7pm Community Christian Church 1750 Old McQueeney Road New Braunfels Tx 78130 6207174 Office Mr Dee Armes Pastor Services Sunday School Worship Wednesday night Nursery provided Cross Lutheran Church Missouri South Hickory and Cross Streets Sunday school worship 8 and Dayspring Christian Fellowship 1895 S Walnut Sunday School Sunday Worship Wednesday evening service Wesleyan denomination Faith United Church 970 Loop 337 6256761 Sunday Worship Sunday schoolall ages am Pastor Lee Zillman Youth Faith Extravaganza 2nd Saturday of each month 1pm First Assembly of God 1687 81 West Sunday school 945 worship and 6 Wednesday service 7 First Baptist Church 733 Cross St Sunday school worship and 7 Wednesday dinner Bible study and prayer service First Church of Christ Scientist 137 E Mill St Sunday service Sunday school Wednesday service Child care available First Church of the Nazarene 1465 135 East Sunday service worship and 6 First Protestant Church located on the corner of Seguin and Coll streets one block from downtown plaza Sunday Worship and AM Sunday School Classes AM Breakfast at The First Youth Activities call 6097729 Ext 36 Wednesday PRIME TIME Bible studies seminars For Your Intercession Prayer Groups Wed AM Tues PM Adult activities child care provided First United Methodist Church 572 W San Antonio Street Sunday Worship Sunday School Youth Activities Freedom Fellowship Church 330 S Hackberry 6251288 Pastor Dennis Gallaher Sun Worship Sun Bible Study Wed night home ministries Foursquare Gospel 430 FM306 6062843 Pastor Fred McMichael Sun School 10am Sun Worship 11am Wed 7pm Greater Life United Pentecostal Church 134 Enchantment Lane off FM 725 Pastor Jack Dool Sunday services and Wednesday For more information call 6091325 Harmony Baptist Church 1472 Texas 46 S Sunday school Sunday worship 11 and 7 Church training 6 Wednesday prayer meeting 7 Holy Family Catholic Church 245 S Hidalgo 6095320 8am Spanisn Wed Sam English Fri Sam Sat 5pm Sun Sam Spanish and 10am Em Father James Wasser Lakeside Baptist Church FM 725 Sunday school worship 11 Wednesday Bible study and prayer meeting 7 worship ministry and home groups Life Christian Center temporarily meeting at the Gymnastics 1437 S Walnut New Braunfels Sundays 10 Thursdays Pastor Don Dalton 620LIFE New Braunfels Christian Church 734 Loop 337 Sunday School for all ages Worship Celebration and Junior Church Nursery provided Youth groups adult bible study A non denominational fellowship 629 2202 Pastor Rick Bartlett 608 0330 New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 373 Howard Worship Sunday school worship 11 nursery provided New Braunfels Seventh Day Adventist Church 2990 W San Antonio St Box 311551 Sabbath school Saturday worship Saturday 6295673 Oakwood Baptist Church 2154 Loop 6250267 Sundays Si 15am Sun 6pm Wed Service 7pm Pastor Ray Still Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 138 W Austin Masses Saturday and 8 and 11 Sunday Monday through Friday Masses 6 Wed 8 Peace Lutheran Church 1147 S Walnut Worship and am Sunday School am Pastor David Schulte 620 0618 New Life Fellowship Church 104 Melody Lane New Braunfels 78130 mi south of 135 on FM 725 behind Sacn Pac 2106065527 Worship Sundays 10 am Wednesdays pin Resurrection Baptist Church 909 FM St Johns Episcopal Church 312 S Guenther Holy Eucharist Rite One Rite Two at 9 and Christian education classes begin at 9 and St Josephs Anglican Church 446 N Seguin Sun 8 Holy Communion 11 3rd Sundays Holy Communion 2nd 4th Sundays Morning Prayer Church School Sundays St Paul Lutheran Church Cross and Santa Clara Streets Sunday worship 8 broadcast on KNBT radio FM Sunday school Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church 386 N castell 625 4531 Monsignor Eugene Ocallaghan Mass Sat 5pm Sun Sam Tree of Life Fellowship 652 N Loop 337 Sunday services including childrens church at and and 7 ladies Bible study 10 Wednesday Pastors BMestudy and Youth Meeting 7 Wednesday Church of Unity New Braunfels Sunday Service at the Senior Citizens Center at 655 Landa St The Unitarian Uniyersalists of Comal County will meet on Wednesday at me Faith United Church of Christ 970 N Loop 337 at pm Public invited Victory Temple Church 608 1300 1121 Oasis New Braunfels Penecostal Church of God Pastor Donald Beard Sunday worship and Sunday SchoollOam 6pm Wed 7pm AREA Bracken United Methodist Church 20377 FM 2252 Sunday school Church services and UMYF Sunday 5 Church of Christ FM 3159 and 2673 Bible class 10 Sunday worship 11 and 6 Wednesday service 7 899 7077 St Andrew Lutheran Church 7420 FM 2673 1 mi E of Startzville Sun Church School 9 Worship Holy Communion 1st 3rd Sundays Nursery provided 9 St Francis By the Lake Episcopal Church FM 306 at Spring Mountain Drive Canyon Lake Sunday Morning Prayer Holy Eucharist Sunday School for adults and children Wednesday Morning Prayer 10 Bible Study and The Rev John D Badders Vicar 9643820 Unity Center of Practical Christianity in San Marcos 16870 No State Hwy 123 5 miles fiom 204 towards San Marcos TX 78666 Sunday Bible class 11am worship Tuesday 11am prayer service 512 392 5199 DialAPrayer 512396 LIFE Sondra Von Gyllenband spiritual leader Call for weekly class schedule   

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