Give Thanks in All Things – Part 2
In November, I took a semi-blogging break to quiet my spirit and be mindful of all things I am grateful for – big and small. I also spent more time with my family. It is mind-boggling to see things fall into place in an amazing way. I couldn’t have orchestrated them any better no matter how well I organized them.
In the second part of the Thankfulness post. I focused on two such amazing things.
The Glitz started 30 years ago. It’s the annual event for our church fellowship group. The purpose is to raise funds to gift the Christmas gifts to several of our class-sponsored missionaries.
We’ve tried to make the fundraising evening fun while doing the silent auction and verbal auction a pleasure. Until several years ago, class members signed up to set up and decorate a table of six. The rest of the members came in the event’s evening and joined hosts of the tables. Some people decorated their tables with the best China. We dressed up in the festive spirit. It was a glamorous evening second to the Christmas party. I decorated a table for many years.
Members offered game nights, breakfast, items to sell for the silent auction. More elaborate items, such as a weekend at a vacation condo, or a steak dinner at a restaurant, were for bidding at the verbal auction.
In 2018, I offered my book Songs of Heartstrings to sell and raised about $400. In addition, I bid for events and purchased silent auction items.
Because of the pandemic, our class didn’t meet in person for the last three years. On the night of Glitz, 2021, we texted or email to pledge our donations. I published my children’s book, Tina Lost in a Crowd, in April 2021 and offered to sell the book for fundraising. The first in-person meeting was right after the Glitz. The leadership asked me to bring in the book to pass around, let people look at the book, and make their orders.
People were excited about meeting in person again. The attendance at the first two meetings was very good. I had people order the book during the meetings. Again, I raised about $400. Yay! It benefits the missionaries, and many children will be reading the book this Christmas! How exciting! (The attendance slowed down after these two meetings because people were on the road meeting with families for Thanksgiving.)
I was thankful that people were enthusiastic about my book, even though some of them don’t have young grandkids. Several individuals told me they bought the book to give away as Christmas gifts to the little ones.
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My first performance of Messiah was when I was in Hong Kong. It’s my favorite Christmas music.
After I came to the US, I sang it several times in the 1990s.
I didn’t sing it again until 10 years ago. I’m currently a member of a Messiah group with members who have sung with the same group for 40 years.
Because of the pandemic, we didn’t perform in 2020 and 2021. I was somewhat disappointed. But I received a group email on November 21 about a Messiah sing-along in the following week. I was so excited. I called my friend who is in the Messiah group to give her the information. She wanted to go. We made the car pulling arrangement to Richard Nixon’s Library on the day of the performance. We sang our hearts out. One other friend joined us at the concert.
What a wonderful way to start my Christmas season!