SIUSLAW NEWS | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018 | 5A Spirituali-Tea takes a look at three kinds of thanks Folks who are interested in discussing diverse spiritual ideas in an atmosphere of re- spect and inquisitiveness are invited to join Spirituali-Tea, a group that has been meeting for years, at 875 Seventh St. in Florence at 6:30 p.m. This week, on Monday, Nov. 19, the group will discuss the concept of gratitude. In one of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s talks, he defined giving three thanks — verbal, heartfelt and active. “Thankfulness is of various kinds. There is a verbal thanks- giving which is confined to a mere utterance of gratitude. This is of no importance be- cause perchance the tongue may give thanks while the heart is unaware of it. Many who of- fer thanks to God are of this type, their spirits and hearts unconscious of thanksgiving. This is mere usage, just as when we meet, receive a gift and say thank you, speaking the words without significance. One may say thank you a thousand times while the heart remains thank- less, ungrateful. Therefore, mere verbal thanksgiving is without effect,” he said. Real gratitude, according to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, comes from the heart: “But real thankfulness is a cordial giving of thanks from the heart. When man in response to the favors of God manifests susceptibilities of conscience, the heart is happy, the spirit is exhilarated. These spiritual susceptibilities are ide- al thanksgiving.” He continued by defining a deeper and more profound way of showing actual gratitude. “There is a cordial thanks- giving, too, which expresses itself in the deeds and actions of man when his heart is filled with gratitude. For example, God has conferred upon man the gift of guidance, and in thankfulness for this great gift certain deeds must emanate from him. To express his grati- tude for the favors of God man must show forth praiseworthy actions. In response to these bestowals he must render good deeds, be self-sacrificing, loving the servants of God, forfeiting even life for them, showing kindness to all the creatures,” he said. Those “praiseworthy ac- tions” — selflessness, love for others, kindness and self-sacri- fice — are the only way to hon- estly show real gratitude. At the end of the gathering, Spirituali-Tea will read the prayer requests that have been left in the Prayer Pole in the garden of the Florence Play- house, 208 Laurel St. For more information, call 541-590-0616. SHIBA to help with Medicare People with Medicare have the opportunity to change their health and drug plans through Dec. 7. Local SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance) counselors are open for appoint- ments most Fridays during An- nual Enrollment in the comput- er lab at the Florence campus of Lane Community College. To schedule an appointment, call 800-722-4134. SHIBA counselors assist with Medicare choices, problems, enrollments and questions. As trained volunteers serving un- der the direction of the Center for Medicare Services, they offer free help and services. Kiwanis to host free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 22 SIUSLAW NEWS FILE PHOTO Volunteers at the 2017 Florence Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Florence Elks Lodge 1858 helped serve traditional holiday fixings to more than 200 people. The community is invited to the Kiwanis of Florence’s annual Florence Community Free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22. The dinner will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the Florence Elks Lodge 1858, located at 1686 12th St. Cash donations will be ac- cepted but aren’t required, along with donations of dry or Friday Evenings – 7 p.m. SINGSPIRATION You are invited to come and sing your favorite Ole Time Gospel songs. Come and enjoy a time of fellowship & refreshments before we sing. Bay Berry Square is 1.5 miles north of Fred Meyers’ Store 88906 Highway 101 N, Florence, OR (milepost 185N) For Info: Jack - 541-999-8278 + Ron - firstname.lastname@example.org THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Located at Munsel Lake Road and North Fork Road Worship Services 10:00 AM Sunday All are welcome! 541-997-7268 COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH 4590 Hwy. 101, Across from Fred Meyer –- 997-7418 Sunday School, 9:30a.m. – Worship, 10:45 Wed. Prayer - 6:00 p.m. –Wed. Ministries 1-8 Grade 7 p.m. CROSS ROAD ASSEMBLY OF GOD Corner of 10th & Maple –997-3533 Wednesday, 7 p.m. - Family Connections Sunday Nov 18th, Florence Events Center. Cross Road Assembly of God Th anksgiving service at 10am, lunch served aft er fl orencecrossroad.org • oﬃ ce@fl orencecrossroadag.org The non-profit organization, Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA), is pleased to offer cus- tomers a special way to do some Christmas shopping/decorating while giving back to youth in our area. FRAA artists are do- nating all sales of the handmade items on the gallery’s “Spirit of Giving” Christmas tree to the Mapleton Art Program. Art instructor Jessi Nelson teaches to all grade levels, from FLORENCE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Worship Services 10:00 a.m. Sunday Adult Classes at 9am; Children’s Sunday School at 10:30m Coff ee Fellowship Following Service 2nd & Kingwood • (541) 997-6025 FOURSQUARE CHURCH 1624 Highway 101 (next to A&W) –- 997-6337 Pastor George Pagel – Something for the entire family. Sun. Services: 10:45 a.m., Wed. Bible Study 7 p.m. Website:fl orence4square.com NEW LIFE LUTHERAN CHURCH, E.L.C.A. 21st & Spruce Street – 997-8113 Adult Forum 9 a.m. – Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship services; Sun. 10:30am & Mon. 5:00 pm Welcome to all! www.lutheranchurchfl orence.com PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF THE SIUSLAW Traditional Worship Service 10:00 a.m. , Reverend Greg Wood Sunday School and Nursery – Organ and Choir All Welcome. Come as you are. 3996 N Hwy 101 997-7136 RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS (QUAKERS) “War is still not the answer.” FCNL We worship in homes at 11am Sundays Call 997-4237 or 902-9511 for locations. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH - SBC 1935 25th St. – 997-7660 • Pastor, Ron Allen Series “People of the Bible.” on Wednesdays 6 p.m. A friendly place to worship, vacationers welcome. Sun.; 11am & 6pm, Sunday school 9:45am. FLORENCE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 2nd & Ivy – 997-2961 –Non-Denominational Worship Service: 9:00 am & 10:30 am Middle School and High School youth groups meet on Wednesday. FLORENCE CHURCH OF CHRIST Pre-Denominational (Romans 16:16) 1833 Tamarack Street (2 blocks east of Hwy. 101 on 18th St.) Bible Study: Sunday 10 a.m.; Worship: Sunday 11 a.m. www.churchofchristfl orence.org FLORENCE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 12th and Nopal –997-9020 Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Mens’ Breakfast @ 8 a.m. Online Worship Service@ www.fl orencenaz.com FLORENCE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST 4445 Hwy 101 (South of Fred Meyer) – 997-3951 Worship on Saturday 10:30 A.M. Adult/Children’s Sabbath School 9:15 A.M. FLORENCE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP 87738 Hwy 101 at Heceta Beach Road RUAUU? All are welcome to explore the answer. Sunday Worship Service ~ 10:00 a.m. www.FlorenceUUF.org - (541) 997.2840 members and community members will work to cover numbered tables, which will fill the Dining Room and Back Room/Dance Floor area (on the West Side). All meals will be served from the kitchen in a restaurant at- mosphere. Volunteers are still need- ed. To help, email florence KIvolunteers@gmail.com. FRAA gets into the ‘Spirit of Giving’ with tree J OIN U S I N W ORSHIP BAY BERRY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP canned food for Florence Food Share. “Our focus is on the guest,” said Thanksgiving Dinner or- ganizers. “We will be doing things a bit different this year in the dining room. We will be taking orders from the seated guests and meals will be served to them at their table.” Small teams of volunteers of Kiwanis members, Key Club RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH, L.C.M.S. Every Sun., Bible Class 9 a.m., Worship Service 10 a.m. 85294 Hwy. 101 S. – 997-8038 DVD of Weekly worship service available. Pastor Randy Benscoter ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2135 19th St. –- 997-6600 8:30am, Tuesdays, Morning Prayer Sunday Services: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. - Wed, 11 a.m. Everyone Welcome – Come walk our Labyrinth. kindergarten through 12th. As Nelson states, “I would use the donated funds to add to the school supplies for ceram- ics, tapestry weaving and relief printmaking. I base my cur- riculum around skill-building through various media, as well as the principles and elements of art.” FRAA Art Center and Gal- lery is located at 120 Maple St. in Historic Old Town Florence. The resident artists invite the community to come by and see their beautifully decorated tree Wednesday through Sun- day from now until Christmas. Also, be sure to stop by on “Shop Small” Saturday, Nov. 24, as FRAA will be serving spiced ap- ple cider, mimosas and cookies to customers starting at 2 p.m. It’s their way of saying “thank you” for supporting local small businesses. Community Chorus plans concerts The Community Chorus of Florence Oregon will pay hom- age to Leah Goodwin at the Dec. 8 and 9 concerts. Leah volunteered generously to the Chorus and other venues throughout the years before her unexpected death recently. Taking her place in providing technical sound support to the Chorus this year will be Topher Keppol, whom Leah trained in sound technology. The Goodwin family gener- ously donated the sound equip- ment for this concert. The concert, “Sing We Noel”, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Presby- terian Church of the Siuslaw, 3996 Highway 101 in Florence. These performances are free to the public and refreshments will be served after each con- cert. Donations will be grate- fully accepted and will be used to support the Siuslaw High School Music Program and the Community Chorus. For information call 541 997- 3469. Watch “In Search of the Lord’s Way” Sunday, 7:30 AM KMTR Cable Channel 12 Western Lane Translator Channel 16.2 Then visit the Florence church of Christ 1833 Tamarack Florence, Oregon and experience the joy and simplicity of pre-denominational New Testament Worship. (Romans 16:16) Bible Study: Sunday, 10:00 am Worship: Sunday, 11:00 am www.churchofchristfl orence.org SAINT MARY, OUR LADY OF THE DUNES CATHOLIC CHURCH Masses: Sat. 5:30 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. 1.5 miles south of river on Hwy 101 – 997-2312 Always Something Happening 541.997.1994 | 888.968.4086 Join Us In Worship 4 lines, approx 15 words, $10 a week 4 week Minimum Deadline 3 p.m. Mondays. To be included in this directory contact the Siuslaw News at 997-3441, or drop off information at 148 Maple St., Old Town, Florence. 715 Q UINCE S TREET | F LORENCE , OR 97439 | WWW . EVENTCENTER . ORG WHAT’S COMING UP: NOVEMBER FESTIVAL OF TREES November 24 th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. SeaCoast presents KEN LAVI- GNE November 24 th 7:00 p.m. Pre- Talk 6:15 HOLLY JOLLY FOLLIES November 30 th , December 1 st & 2 nd EMPTY BOWLS November 30 th 5:00 p.m to 8:00, December 1 st 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m December 2 nd Noon to 3:00 p.m. DECEMBER A Christmas Story December 13 th – 16 th Charles Suniga “Home for the Holidays” concert Dec 22nd - 7:00 p.m. Jazz Kings “Ring those Bells” concert December 12th - 7:30 p.m.