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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

11.3. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 194 Times read

Jennie Wintermote is a native Kansan, an interim pastor, grad student, and director of the Western District Conference Resource Library. She loves reading, scrapbooking, and trying to figure out what it means to live out her faith every day. She also tries to remember to blog at

It’s still early in November but I’m already thinking about Thanksgiving. At our house we’ll be celebrating our little one’s First Thanksgiving, and so I’m thinking more intentionally about the holiday. Here are some ideas:

1. Prepare ahead of time. The book, Family celebrations at Thanksgiving by Ann Hibbard, is only one of a number a great options.

2. Read a book. There are many great books celebrating the theme of thankfulness, like The Thanksgiving Bowl by Virginia Kroll.

3. Focus on God. Read a book about God’s goodness to us and our response like Thank You God, For Everything by August Gold.

4. Start or celebrate a family tradition. In my husband’s family, it’s making and eating delicious homemade noodles.

5. Take a walk. Growing up, my grandpa was always ready for a walk after a big family dinner. It’s a great opportunity to talk together and to thank God for each other and for the glorious fall sights and sounds.  (Not to mention you are thanking God for your body by helping to keep it healthy with a little exercise.)

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