About the Year of Gratitude

A Word from Senior Pastor, Dr. Clayton Oliphint

staff_clayton-sanctuary.jpgIn 2014, the entire FUMCR family is being encouraged to participate in a Year of Gratitude. Studies have shown that those who live with a sense of thanksgiving report that they are far happier than those who do not. As a family of faith, we know that we have been blessed and that it is important to give thanks to God.

It is also essential to our well-being to express our gratitude to one another, and to those who have made a difference in our lives. 

The Bible teaches us to “give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

As a way of learning to express gratitude to others we are encouraging members of FUMCR to write a thank you note to someone each day of the year. This idea comes from John Kralik’s book 365 Thank Yous: The Year A Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life. We hope you will join us for worship each week as we encourage one another to find reasons for gratitude all around us. This year long focus on gratitude will enrich you and those around you. Join the FUMCR family in the Year of Gratitude!

Gratitude for the Whole Family

"What's the magic word?"

This is a question we all use to prompt children to say "please" and "thank you." We hope these promptings teach habits that eventually become internalized and create a sense of kindness and appreciation toward others as our children grow into their teenage years and young adulthood. Throughout 2014 children's and youth activities and curriculum will reflect the Year of Gratitude.

"A field of research on gratitude in kids is emerging, and early findings indicate parents' instincts to elevate the topic are spot-on. Concrete benefits come to kids who literally count their blessings. 

       Gratitude works like a muscle.

Take time to recognize good fortune, and feelings of appreciation can increase. Even more, those who are less grateful gain the most from a concerted effort."
Wall Street Journal

How to Participate

Get ready to say THANK YOU! It's that simple!

Beyond just the simple phrase, try to say thank you in a meaningful way to someone every day. That is 365 thank-yous to family & friends, individuals & groups, loved ones near, far & passed away and even strangers.

These thank-yous can take the form of written letters, emails, postcards, social media posts, photos with notes . . . the sky's the limit with your creativity.

To help you keep track of all this gratitude, we have three easy ways to log your thank-yous. One should fit your style. Click on Track Your Gratitude on the menu above to learn more.

Say it. Write it. Show it.

Express It!

Make it a priority to practice gratitude in thought, word and deed. Learn More

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