A collection of Suncook Valley churches will be celebrating a
community-wide Thanksgiving Eve Service. Please join us on
Wednesday, 11/23 at 6:30 p.m. for fellowship, worship music, prayer and
a message. All are welcome. Service will be held at Grace
Capital Church, 55 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield. (Please note time
change from last week's post. Correct time is 6:30.)
On the list of “favorite things,” the Barnstead Parade Congregational
Church’s annual Cookie Walk is Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9 a.m. to
noon. Come visit with us and fill a decorated tin with a variety
of delicious home-made Christmas cookies. What an easy way to
bring a special treat to your holiday gathering—and, of course, you will
need a second tin for home!
Free Workshop At
The Oscar Foss Memorial Library
Awaken your Soul-Full
Self, an Introduction to Making Collage Cards
Creative workshop for those interested in self
exploration and expression, and a meaningful and fun connection with
others using the Collage Card making and processing method. No previous
art experience necessary, everyone is an artist and can have fun being
Called “Making Creative Collage Cards” this
workshop is for beginners to learn about making Collage Cards. We will
work with amazing images from a large variety of magazines to create
soul-tending cards (much like tarot cards) to assist in learning more
about ones self, ones soul and in accessing ones inner wisdom and
guidance. If time permits there will be optional card readings and
The workshop will run from 10:15 AM – 1:30 PM
on December 4th.
To register contact Jane LeBlanc at (603) 509-8884 or email
For more information about this wonderful and
fun method of making Collage Cards, visit the website:
Letter To The Editor
In response to Russ Atherton’s letter of
November 16, 2016:
You are correct, Russ, it is never too late to
learn a life lesson. You are correct, I was not prepared and I did not
do enough and so I will “buck up.” I will buck up and stand up and speak
more clearly and persistently for what is right. I will buck up and
speak out each time I see injustice against my fellow human being (or
against our shared and only home, the planet earth).
This was not a game that was lost. This was
our humanity and common decency and in grieving this loss, I cry and I
protest – it IS about injustice. The person elected to the highest
office in the land makes fun of the disabled, brags about sexual
assault, and threatens entire races and religions. And while I do
understand that many of the people who elected him may not be like that
themselves, I am grieving to know that those traits could be so easily
Yes, we are teaching our children the wrong
lessons indeed. And I will buck up and try to change that. Peace and
blessings, Suzanne Allison Barnstead
Ladies Night: Cookie Swap
On Monday, December 5, all ladies, near and far, are invited to our
annual Cookie Swap at the Center Barnstead Christian Church.
Please join us at 7pm and bring 4 dozen cookies (or brownies, fudge, or
other yummy treats) of the same type. We will provide containers for you
to bring home a wide assortment of delicious holiday sweets!
During our time together, we will enjoy snacks and sampling, a chance to
visit, and there will be prizes in categories like the most festive, the
most unique, and best tasting. Get in the Christmas spirit with us
during our December Ladies Night! The Center Barnstead Christian
Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.
Barnstead Historical Society
The Barnstead Historical Society will be
having a “Pre-Christmas Sale” and coffee on Saturday, December 3rd at
the Barnstead Town Hall from l0am-noon.
We will have available for sale “The Last
Stories” by G. Malcolm Locke, also old town reports, plates, post cards,
So come in and join us, enjoy a cup of coffee
and a sweet We look forward to seeing you
Thanksgiving Day 2016
True thankfulness is more than being grateful
for what we possess. It is an attitude that allows a compassionate
relationship amongst civilized people.
Hunger. The homeless. Chronic diseases.
Ignorance. Unemployment. Untimely deaths (to name a few calamities).
These are words, these are things that should have nothing to do with
Thanksgiving Day, however, despair threaten to reach out to what is most
precious to us; our children, our legacy, our future.
The compassion equation: beliefs+ action =
love+ help. It’s in the heart that counts.
When you see or know of someone in need, love
demands a loving deed; don’t just say you love them true, prove it by
the deeds you do.
Thanksgiving prayers for:
Our leaders that they provide us with a good
government; Our military around the globe serving, protecting, and
defending; To our civil servants who provide protection, peace, and
security (police, fire, and rescue).
To employers, that provide jobs to people who
need work, to support themselves and their families; To social and
medical personnel, who provide service to the sick and homeless, for
their troubled souls and ailing bodies; To you and me my fellow
citizens, for those in the world who are alone. Help them realize that
they are never really alone (we’re there for them).
Happy Thanksgiving Day everyone! May God
continue to Bless America, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?
Dr. Leon Bly