Thanksgiving Around NMC
By NMC - November 23, 2016
Posted in NMC Staff, Stories from NMC
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and we asked some NMC staff to share a few of their thoughts on Thanksgiving.
Kate Lengacher- High School Director
Every year, my family gathers together and writes down what we are thankful for that year in a special book. It’s fun to go back and see what we wrote over the years! This year, I’ll write “family” in this book, because they are a constant source of comfort, encouragement and joy! Another big tradition is eating lots of food. At the end of the day, the food that will put me into a food coma is broccoli and rice casserole and pumpkin pie…and turkey….and my mom’s Butterhorn Rolls…and so much food.
Rodney Jernas- Tech Extraordinaire
My favorite part of Thanksgiving is spending time with family I haven’t seen in a while, because I know I can always count on my family no matter what challenges I run into. Every Thanksgiving before we eat, each person around the table shares something they are thankful for. For me, I’m most thankful for the grace extended to me, because I am far from perfect. Once we finish eating, I usually slip into a food coma thanks to the ham and mashed potatoes.
Staci Keter- Office Manager
This year, I am most thankful for moving to Wakarusa, because small-town living truly is the BEST! My favorite part of Thanksgiving is having several days in a row with family and food, because it’s a great change of pace and priority in a fast-paced world. As we move into a busy holiday season, my prayer for NMC is that our hearts would be open to grow in gratitude and that the spirit of giving extends to sharing grace and love with those outside of our normal circles.
Don Rohrer- Associate Pastor
For me, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to experiment with vegetables, so I will end up filling up on brussels sprouts and slipping into a food coma. Besides all the possibilities with vegetables, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the family gatherings because of the mutual support of family. This year, I’m most thankful for my family, because it has been a very challenging year, and we are overcoming the challenges together. This holiday season, I find myself praying that NMC would continue to be a place where people seek God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.
Deandra Borkholder- 4/5 Director
This year, I am most thankful for my mom’s crumb pie, because it’s the best in the universe. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is my mom’s crumb pie. The food that will put me into a food coma is my mom’s crumb pie. Each year at Thanksgiving, my family eats my mom’s crumb pie. My prayer for NMC is that we would have crumb pie on our tables…and be with family. I really like crumb pie.
Dave Engbrecht- Senior Pastor
I never thought the Cubs would win a World Series in my lifetime, so I’m thankful for that this year. Each Thanksgiving, the family gathers at our place for the day. This is my favorite part of the holiday, because it gives us a great chance to hang out. At the end of the day, I’ll slip into a food coma thanks to the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie along with spiral ham. As the holiday season approaches, I find myself praying that the NMC family would always be full of joy and gratitude for the blessings we have from the Lord.
Janelle Prenkert- High School Small Group Coordinator
This year, I am most thankful for my kiddoboonies. They exhaust me but keep me laughing. My family has one tradition during Thanksgiving. We eat. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is pecan pie, because it has sugar and pecans. How can you go wrong with that? And at the end of the day, sweet potatoes will be the food to put me in a food coma. This holiday season, my prayer for NMC is that we would be filled with the joy of the expectation of Jesus’ return and that we would love and serve people as Jesus loves and serves us.
Ryan Graham- Associate Pastor
This year, I am most thankful for family, because I have an awesome wife and a baby on the way. Each year, my family actually eats pizza and heads to the theater to watch a movie. So the food that will put me into a food coma is pizza. My prayer for NMC this Thanksgiving is that they would enjoy some pizza and that everyone would have a chance to be reminded deeply of the gift of God’s love through family and friends.
Jason Rohde- Associate Pastor
Family is what makes Thanksgiving so special. Each year, we eat tons of hor d’oeuvres as we make dinner. We spend time praying and sharing as a family, and of course, we eat. At the end of the day, the food that puts me into a food coma is stuffing. Besides food, I’m most thankful for God’s provision in my life, because He always gives me what I need in His perfect time. My big prayer for NMC right now is that the Lord would continue to use us to impact our world, that He would care for each person as they walk through life, and that He would provide comfort for those who have an empty chair at their table this year.
Linna Sommers- Communications Team
This year, I am most thankful for my mom and dad, because I have come to realize how deep their love is for me. As I struggle with parenting my own two children, my eyes now see how patient they were with me growing up. Family, food and fellowship are my favorite things about Thanksgiving, because that’s what it takes to have an awesome day together. As we move into the holiday season, my prayer for NMC is that we would simply be readers and doers of the Word.
Tim Veenstra- High School Pastor
Each year, I fill up on green bean casserole, and slip into a food coma. Later in the day, my family goes Black Friday shopping, but we don’t buy anything. We just people watch. This holiday season, my prayer for NMC is that we would experience the incredible joy of spending time with family, friends and Jesus.
Gabe Reed- Middle School Pastor
This year, I’m most thankful for moving to Nappanee, because I feel like it’s a community of people that really cares well for each other, and my family already feels a sense of belonging. By far, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is relaxing with family, because we rarely are all together. When I’m with my in-laws, we gather at one location. After we eat and have a little time to come out of our food comas, we go outside and line up with shotguns and shoot clay pigeons. Speaking of food comas, the food that gets me is corn casserole. My big prayer for NMC right now is that we would love well and unconditionally.