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What is forever?
When does forever begin?
When does forever end?

Forever does not have a beginning
nor does it have an end.
It just keeps going and going
without ever stopping.
It always has been and always will be
That is why forever is a perfect
way to describe God's Love for us.
His Love is forever.
W O W that kind of Love
deserves a great
BIG THANK YOU.
And there is more.
The God who loves us forever
is also forever GOOD.
So we never get to the
end of God's Goodness.
No wonder the writer of this Psalm
wanted to say Thank You.
Stop right now and give God
a great BIG THANK YOU!

Lord, I praise You.
You are such a wonderful God!
You are full of love
and worthy to be praised.
Thank You for loving me
at all times.
You are my strength when I am weak.
You always protect me.
I will praise You all the time.
You make me very glad.
My lips will praise You.
I will lift up my hands in prayer to You.
Your loving kindness is better than life.
I will praise You as long as I live.
Amen. (Jonathan Gandy)

GIVE THANKS

TO GOD ABOVE

            We Gather Together to ask the Lord's Blessings.
            M-M-M-M-M ! Smell the Turkey cooking in Grandma's kitchen. Fresh baked Pumpkins Pies, Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans and Fruit Salad with whip cream all sitting upon the table. It is the day to Feast on the best cooking of the year. It is Thanksgiving Day!

            All of your family - cousins too - will join together to give Thanks to God for all of their blessings, and of course eat and eat until you can eat no more. Thanksgiving is a harvest festival. That is why it is celebrated in the late fall, after the crops are in.

            In the Bible God tells us to celebrate a feast unto God three times a year. One of those is called "The Feast of Ingathering." Today in America, we have proclaimed it as a national holiday - Thanksgiving.

            "And the feast of Harvest, the first fruits of your labors, which you have sown in the field; and the feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruits of your labors from the field." Exodus 23:16

            The first Thanksgiving celebration in America is basically the story of the Pilgrims and their thankful community feast at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

            The Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth England on a crowded ship called the Mayflower on September 6, 1620. After over 66 days of travel across the Atlantic Ocean they landed on the rocky shores of Massachusetts. The Pilgrims first winter in the new land was very hard. They lived in dirt-covered homes, there was a shortage of food, and almost half of them died.

            In the Spring the Pilgrims tried to plant the wheat that they brought with them, but it would not grow in the rocky soil. They did not know how to survive in this New Land – They needed help!

            The Pilgrims were dedicated Christians. They believed in praying to God, especially in times of desperate need. I am sure that it was God who sent the two friendly, English speaking Wampanoag (Wam pa NO ag) Indians named “Squanto” (SKWAN toe), and Samoset. They were hunting along the beach of Plymouth when they discovered the new settlers. They became friends, and Squanto and Samoset stayed with the Pilgrims for a few months teaching them how to survive in the new land. They taught them how to hunt, how to cultivate corn and other new vegetables, how to sap maple trees, dig and cook clams, and many other skills.

            By the fall of 1621 the Pilgrims were doing much better. They were in better health, the corn had grown well, and there was enough food to last through the winter. It was their religious custom to celebrate a Feast of the Ingathering of the Harvest in November. So they decided to celebrate a Thanksgiving Feast to Thank God for their good fortune.

            The Pilgrim leader, Captain Miles Standish invited Squanto, Samoset, Massasit (the Wampanoag leader), and their families to join them for the Thanksgiving Feast. The Pilgrims were very surprised when these three Indians brought over 90 relatives. They had not prepared enough food for that many people! Massasoit gave orders for his men to get more food. They came back with 5 deer, fish, duck, beans, squash, berries and maybe even Turkey. There was SO MUCH food that Governor Bradford declared a three day feast.

            The third year was real bad. Corn crops were damaged. Governor William Bradford ordered a day of fasting and prayer, and God soon sent rain. After the bountyful harvest crops were gathered in November 1623, Governor William Bradford proclaimed a Thanksgiving Celebration.

            ”All ye Pilgrims with your wives and little ones, do gather at the meeting House, on the hill… there to listen to the pastor, and render Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings.”

            It is because of this official Proclamation that some claim this was the first Thanksgiving. Other colonies began to celebrate a day of Thanksgiving, but it took years before it became a National Holiday.

            In 1789 George Washington proclaimed a National Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday in November, in honor of the new United States Constitution. Thomas Jefferson later discontinued it.

            During the Civil War, Sarah Josepha Hale, (she wrote the famous song Mary Had a Little Lamb), convinced Abe Lincoln to proclaim the last Thursday of November 1863 as a day of prayerful Thanksgiving. Today Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November, it was officially changed in 1941. See Abe Lincoln's actual proclamation that he wrote on Thanksgiving. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the 2nd Monday. For more history on the First Thanksgiving See Holidays.net.

            JUST ASK

            Question: Why do we have Turkey for Thanksgiving? Did the Pilgrims or Indians serve Turkey at the first Thanksgiving meal?

            Answer: Serving Turkey for Thanksgiving has become an indispensable part of the Thanksgiving tradition even though there is no real evidence that turkey was served at the Pilgrim's first thanksgiving. The tradition of turkey is rooted in the 'History Of Plymouth Plantation', written by William Bradford some 22 years after the actual celebration.
            In his letter sent to England Edward Winslow, another Pilgrim, describes how the governor sent "four men out fowling" and they returned with turkeys, ducks and geese."
            Unfortunately the Bradford document was lost after being taken away by the British during the War of Independence. Later it was rediscovered in 1854. And since then turkey turned out to be a popular symbol of the Thanksgiving Day. And today of all the the Thanksgiving symbols it has become the most well known. Answer found at The Holiday Spot

            More on Wild Turkeys
            The turkey has brown features with buff-colored feathers on the tips of the wing and on the tail. The male turkey is called a 'tom'. It is bigger and brighter with more colorful plumage. Also it has a long wattle (a fleshy, wrinkled, brightly colored fold of skin hanging from the neck or throat) at the base of its bill and additional wattles on the neck, as well as a prominent tuft of bristles resembling a beard projecting downward from its chest. The female is called a 'hen' and is generally smaller and drab in color.

            Wild turkeys can and do fly. Although these birds may sometimes weigh over 25 pounds, their strong muscles and wings allow them powerful flight over short distances. found at: http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/dfw_turkey_learning_kit.htm#Q12

            Now that you know the history of Thanksgiving take this test, and have your family members take it too. CLICK HERE for a quick Thanksgiving test

            PRAISING & THANKING
            GOD FOR EVERYTHING!

            The Bible says to Praise and Thank God for everything.
            "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:19-20

            This is Ruthie. She is Praising & Thanking God for her many Blessings!!

            Make a joyful noise unto the
            Lord, all the lands!
            Serve the Lord with gladness!
            Come into His presence with singing!
            Know that the Lord is God!
            It is He that made us, and we are His;
            we are His people,
            and the sheep of His pasture.
            Enter His gates with thanksgiving
            and His courts with praise!
            Give thanks to Him, bless His name!
            For the Lord is good;
            His steadfast love endures for ever,
            and His faithfulness to all generations.
            Psalm 100

            Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to get together to Thank God for His blessings. God gave us our family and friends and we should Rejoice in the goodness God has provided for us.

            Saying grace at mealtime is a special part of prayer for our family. Sometimes we hold hands around the table, or individually bow our heads and have someone lead the prayer. The Thanksgiving Prayer is very important for our family. We usually all stand behind the chairs and bow our heads. Some families recite a psalm together, or take turns saying prayers of what they are thankful for from the last year. Here are some special prayers that your family might like to share this Thanksgiving. You can use your favorite for your Prayer this Thanksgiving or you can write your own.
            Prayers and Poems of Thanks

            Prayers of Thanks from Teens 4 Jesus Magazine.

            More Prayers and Sayings


            Learn how-to Pray from Jesus

            Click on 4 His Kids banner to see 2 beautiful pictures of Jesus that a man sculptured in a beach in Maryland.

            2 GIFTS FOR YOU
            We made you a special "God and My Journal" Thanksgiving Page for you to record what happened this year on your family Thanksgiving celebration. Plus 101 Praises for you to print and give to your parents. This wall picture will remind them to Praise you when you do good! Not only should we praise God, but we should praise and encourage one another, Especially our family!

            HORN OF PLENTY

            The horn of plenty, or the "cornucopia," is a familiar Thanksgiving symbol. It is a symbol of earth's bounty, and reminds us how much of our food comes from the earth. It is said that the Indians would hollow out the large gords to carry their vegtables and fruits.

            We like to place a cornucopia on the coffee table and fill with lots of fruit and nuts. For appetizers especially 4 Kids use ice cream sugar cones as cornucopia's and fill with a Chex Cereal Nut Mix. Another idea is to make carmel corn and mold into cornucopia's while still warm. Mold by using the outside of a cone shape cup. When cool fill with nuts and other mixes.

            JUST CORNEY FUN

            POPCORN FACTS

            Pop Corn was first introduced to the colonists by a Native American named Quadequina, who was the brother of the Massasoit chief. He brought a deerskin bag filled with popped corn to the first Thanksgiving.

            So be sure and include some PopCorn in your Thanksgiving Feast this year!

            5 KERNELS OF CORN

            Start this tradition called Five Kernels of Corn. Place five kernels of corn at each person's place. Explain to your kids that the Pilgrims faced many trials and even starvation. You can read the First Thanksgiving story on our Just 4 Kids site. Tell the kids that these five kernels represent the hardship and suffering of the Pilgrims and the times when they had nothing to eat and were very cold. Go around the table and have each person say five things he or she is thankful for. Have them hold up a kernel for each blessing.

            For our Thanksgiving Devotional click HERE. Complete family time devotional with scriptures, discussions and questions. We also made a page just 4 kids.

            The column "Dear Abby" came out today (November 19, 2001) with the Legends of the 5 Kernels - so we are adding it to this section.

            THE LEGENDS OF THE 5 KERNELS

            "It was very cold for the Pilgrims that first winter. Food was in short supply. Some days, they had only five kernels of corn. When spring came, the Pilgrims planted the remaining corn. The sun and rain helped the seeds to grow and much food was harvested in the fall. Every Thanksgiving thereafter, the Pilgrims placed five kernels of corn beside each plate to remind them of their blessings:
            The first kernel reminded them of the autumn beauty.
            The second kernel reminded them of their love for each other.
            The third kernel reminds of their family's love.
            The fourth kernel reminded them of their friends ... especially their Indian brothers.
            The fifth kernel reminded them of their freedom.

            Tracy Ventura made a chart for young children to use with this lesson. CLICK HERE to download the chart.

            CORNEY IDEAS

            Kids can help make thanksgiving decorations by making these easy candle holders.
            Partially fill a glass jar with popcorn kernels, then place a candle on top. These look pretty with orange candles. For a cute side decoration you can pour a few kernels into a lid, and place a candle on top. For an added touch place a few fall leaves and sunflowers around the candles. These make a great centerpiece for the above family devotional idea.

            HandPrint Turkey

            Our Mom even made these when she was a kid.
            Trace your hand on a piece of construction paper. You can then draw a beak on the thumb part and color the rest of the fingers in like feathers. Draw legs and feet on it too. OR you can cut the handprint out. Also cut out a small triangle. Glue the triangle onto the thumb as a beak and again color the rest of the fingers in as feathers.

            Kids Domain. has a colorful idea on making a Turkey from a child's hands and feet.

            FALL LEAVES

            I love the big beautiful fall leaves. Take a walk with the kids and have them collect the colorful orange, yellow and brown leaves. Press them overnight between sheets of newspaper under heavy books so they will lie flat. Use the leaves to make fall pictures. Lay a leaf bumpy side up, on thick newspaper. Cover with white paper. Have children rub the side of a crayon over the leaf. Soon a print of the leaf will appear. Kids can cut the pictures out and place on placemats or pictures for decorations.

            Make beautiful Leaf Hangings by placing the leaves between two pieces of wax paper and iron the papers so they stick together or use two pieces of clear adhesive backed plastic. Trim the edges. Make two holes at the top. Put string through the holes and tie. Hang the leaves in a window, or place around the room for decorations.

            THANKSGIVING PICTURES TO COLOR


            Click on pictures to view larger pictures. Print and have have kids color.Use as Place cards for Thanksgiving Dinner by writing names on the pictures. Directions for making placecards and napkin holders are under the pictures.

            More Links for Placecards
            Family Internet. about.com

            A b Turkey

            THANKFUL IDEAS

            Last year Mom brought a large Orange poster board, and after the Thanksgiving Feast when everyone was feeling FULL and HAPPY she passed the Poster Board around for everyone to write what they were Thankful For. In the center of the poster board in large letters Brad wrote "I'm Thankful For..." This year we will use it for a decoration, so everyone can see what we were Thankful last year! What a great way to remember that God continues to Bless us year after year!

            Cut strips of colored construction paper the same size (2" by 6"). Have children and adults write what they are thankful for. Link the papers together in a Thanksgiving Chain. This will make a great decoration drapped on the wall.

            Have children make placemats. Use large colored construction paper, and paste pictures on top. Have the kids find and cut out pictures of things they are thankful for, Then let them choose one Prayer to write on their placemat, or they can print one from the pages above and cut it out. They can also add fall leaves, then cover their artwork with clear contact paper. What a beautiful and special placemat for Thanksgiving.

            Have everyone write what they are Thankful for in a rememberance book on Thanksgiving day. Blank Journals are nice to keep these memories in. You can print out the "God & My Journal" Thanksgiving Page for the Kids. Young children can dictate what they are thankful for. Each Thanksgiving you can read the lists from previous years. It is fun to remember what we have been thankful for.

            FIVE THANKSGIVING CRAFTS
            FOR THE TABLE

            SUGAR COOKIES

            Many families have a tradition of making cookies together on holidays. Make The Best Butter Cookies. Cut into turkey shapes with turkey cookie cutters. Share them with neighbors, elderly people and those less fortunate. You can place the cookies in homemade "Turkey cookie cans".

            Turkey Cookie Cans

            Materials: Light-colored spray paint (Yellow or Orange), felt squares, cookie cutter in the shape of a turkey, pencils, sharp-pointed scissors, glue, rickrack, felt pen, construction paper. For each cookie can you will need a 1 lb coffee can with plastic lid, and a drawer knob with screw.

            Preparation: Spray the outside of cans with paint. (You can stuff cans with newspaper to keep paint from getting on the insides.) Let dry completely, at least 24 hours. Cut rickrack in 13 inch lengths - two for each can.

            Instructions:
            *Trace turkey cookie cutters onto felt.
            Cut out three or four turkeys.
            *Glue turkeys onto can.
            *Trace lid onto felt. Cut out.
            *Glue felt circle to the lid.
            Let glue dry for a few minutes.
            *Glue one piece of rickrack
            around edge of felt circle.
            *Use scissors to poke a small hole in middle of lid
            *Insert screw on underside of lid.
            Tighten knob onto screw.
            *With felt pen write "Cookies" on the lid.
            *Glue remaining piece of rickrack
            around bottom edge of can. Let dry.

            Show your thankfulness to the Lord by sharing your bounty with someone less fortunate! Donate canned and non-perishable items to your local shelters. When you give something make sure it is something you like and would enjoy if you were receiving it.

            PRAY FOR OTHERS

            Lord, thank You for harvest time, and that You provide for our needs. Help us to have a heart to share what we have with others, and to care for those who are hungry. Lord, I ask that you be with all of your children, for we need you. Thank you for loving and caring for us. Amen
            Kids Cookin' Recipes
            Click above for our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes.

            Pecan Pie Recipes

            What did the Turkey eat for Thanksgiving?
            NOTHING,
            he was already stuffed!

            Here are our Favorite Sites
            of Turkey Jokes:

            #1 Send Turkey Jokes 4 Fun

            #2 Jokes by Kids Domain

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            SAFETY TIPS
            JUST 4 KIDS

            Jamie made a list of important safety tips for kids cooking in the kitchen.

            Here is one example..... When cooking in the kitchen always use oven mittens when taking pans out of the oven. To read more Kids Safety Tips click on picture

            VISIT OUR OTHER PAGES AND SECTIONS

            Don't forget to visit our other pages.

            2 Gifts 4 U - 101 Praises and Thanksgiving "God & My Journal" Page to record what you did this Thanksgiving

            Kid's Cookin' Recipes 4 kids

            Thanksgiving Pictures to color

            Thanksgiving Prayers from the Teens 4 Jesus

            Learn How to Pray from Jesus

            The story about the Praying Hands picture

            Teacher's Lounge ~ Teaching children to Thank God

            God's Alphabet ~ A Prayer for when you are stressed

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            Pages of wonderful Thanksgiving links!!!

            Links to Other Kid sites

            Letter to Parents

            Annie's Thanksgiving Pages 4 Kids

            A Page Full of Thanksgiving Prayers

            First Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

            A Turkey to Color online at Alphabet-Soup

            Make Praying Hands Place Cards for Thanksgiving from Sunday School Crafts.com

            Send a Thanksgiving Greeting

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