Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford

“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”  — Hebrews 12:28-29

Let us not only be thankful one day a year, but celebrate the greatness of our God with thanks every day.

Bite-sized pumpkin pies for young and old, by Leslie J. Ansley

pumpkin pie bitesBack home in Ohio, Thanksgiving was a really big deal. We’d have 25-30 relatives over, depending on who was around or in town.  The last Thanksgiving we had at Mom’s house, there were so many folks I honestly lost count.

The older ones would come hours before the meal, hanging out in the dining room and living room, snacking and talking loud.

The next big wave would be those with small children and I always tried to have something just for them — usually cookies or other small treats. After all, little ones tend to waste stuff like sweet potato pie and peach cobbler, so I would have “decoy” desserts that fit neatly into their small hands.

It was with children in mind than I looked for a tasty idea to kick off 2015’s Pleasant Holidays series, and found these bite-sized treats online.  I won’t have any little people over for the holiday, but I’ll be making these, anyway.



2 refrigerated ready-to roll pie crusts

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Round or pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter


ptartPreheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use cookie cutter to cut 12 pumpkin shapes from each pie crust. You will need to roll the dough thinner than it comes out of the box.
Press dough shapes into a 24 cup mini muffin tray.
Apply egg whites from one egg to the top edges of each pie.
Mix cream cheese, sugar, canned pumpkin, remaining 2 eggs, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice together until thoroughly combined.
Spoon mixture into each pumpkin-shaped pie crust.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Makes 24 pies. Keep refrigerated.

Pumpkins make great Thanksgiving decor, by Donna Wright


Autumn touches for Thanksgiving – bring in fall colors for decorating.

Use pumpkins, candles, dried berries, leaves and pinecones and use your imagination.

Here are a few ideas to decorate your home for Thanksgiving.


















p4Spray paint Pumpkins gold, white or whatever color you prefer and create this center piece for your dinner table or sofa table.