Sunday, November 22, 2009

Second Thanksgiving in NYC

We are approaching our second Thanksgiving in NYC as a family, and as a young church. Honestly, in the past, most Thanksgivings have meant food and football, family, and a break from work. I haven't done a great job of using this season to take inventory of my life and be thankful. This year is different. A year ago I was going through major adjustment to our new life in the city. I was grieving all I had lost and left behind in Michigan, wondering how life was going to go here in NYC, uncertain about what our church would look like, and even if it would take off. It was a pretty difficult time, and looking back, I was pretty self-absorbed. Not too much room for Thankfulness. This year is a different matter.


This past weekend was such a great time of friendship and ministry. I realized that a lot has happened in a year. On Saturday, Communitas served at the New York City Rescue Mission, putting together care packages to be given to needy families Thanksgiving week. Over 2 dozen friends from Communitas came together. As we sorted and stuffed bags, I was overwhelmed with the community God has brought into my life. It was serious joy! I realized how much I love these friends and how they have enriched my life. We have all been through a great deal together. We have struggled, wondered, doubted, and rejoiced as well. It occurred to me that while we still have much to learn about genuine community, we are becoming "Communitas", a community forged in the furnace of struggle, risk, and challenge.


Today, Danny and Amy Cox were with us. I was so excited to have Danny lead our band and to lead us in worship. The years we worked together at Kensington, leading New Community, will stand out as some of the most formative and joyful years of my life. We helped each other to learn to hear God's voice more clearly, to love Jesus more, and to grow in our love for his bride, the Church. I have missed him so much. So as he lead us today, I looked around at the people that God has gathered to us in our first year here, and felt deep gratitude in my heart. God has been good. He is good.

For those who follow my blog, I am "moving it" to Communitas' new website (check it out- www.communitasnyc.org). You'll see the tab for my blog on the home page.

Happy Thanksgiving.

8 comments:

Pam Talluto said...

Oh my gosh, i bet it was awesome having Danny there, and i can imagine how much you loved it, i know how close you guys were :)

Hey is there anyway you can get an RSS Feed on your new blog so people can subscribe to your updates???

Can't wait to see you this weekend, I changed my Production Team volunteer schedule so I could be there :) The invitation for dinner or coffee after service is still open (even though we know your schedule)!

Mayes in Manhattan Blog said...

Pam- Not sure what RSS Feed is. Explain, and I'll look into it. See you Sunday!

Pam Talluto said...

RSS basically lets someone "subscribe" to your blog, so when YOU make an update, they are notified. Here's a pretty simple explanation: http://www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english

In your current Blogger.com blog, it automatically gives an RSS feed .. see the little orange box with white wavey things in the url box?

I use Google Reader (like in the video) and every time you updated your blog, it would show up in my Reader. Make sense??

Does someone do your Communitas website for you? They would probably/hopefully know how to put an RSS Feed on it ..

Mayes in Manhattan Blog said...

Pam- When you go to our messages page, it shows a link for subscriptions and includes a RSS feed. But it doesn't seem to be working, so I am looking into it with our web host.

We lost our web guy, so for now, I am it!

Pam Talluto said...

Oh, I found it and it DOES work! So I subscribed already (it probably didn't work when you tried it because you don't have a Reader???)

The only thing you might think about doing is having the Blog subscription option available from your blog page, I never would have found it where it's at. But I wouldn't make that a priority, geez, how much MORE can you do!??!!

Vijaya said...

Dear Distinguished Brother Rev.CRAIG MAYES USA,
I praise God so richly that you has become a true Servant of the Lord to Serve Him and to present Him mainly to all the human beings for those who are perishing without the Lord Jesus Christ in their valuable lives. So that God's perfect plan is to use you and your blessed family as His magnificent vessel in His Mighty hand to bring many unto the Lord Jesus Christ for His Kingdom Sake. I assuredly say to your goodselves as I had been thought of you that God the Almighty would use you region wise in your blessed country and among International wide to carry out the living Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and bring them all into the light of the Lord Jesus Christ. So that Lord will never leave you and forsake you where ever the Lord would take you and use you for His name sake He wants to uplift you and uphold you in every area of the regions for bringing all people to be built them all on a rock of the Lord Jesus Christ and might stand in Him for ever and ever until He comes again to this World to take His people unto Him. I am thanking you very very much. God may guide you and protect you in all your blessed Attempts. I do hope that you will deffinitely come forward to encourage our Ministry.

Your everloving Brother,
V.VIJAYA PAUL, Evangelist,
LITTLE LAMB'S CHURCH &SCHOOL,
KONDAGUNTURU-533124,
RAJANAGARAM MANDAL,A.P.,INDIA.

vijayapaul said...

WE HOPE THAT YOU WOULD SURELY BECOME A PART OF OUR MIISTRY WE DOING IN OUR AREA ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA AMONG POOR PASTORS AND POOR AND NEEDY AND ORPHAN CHILDREN FOR THEIR UPLIFTMENT FOR OUR LORD'S NAME SAKE. THANK YOU. GOD ALMIGHTY GUIDE YOU AND BE WITH YOU ALWAYS IN ALL YOUR CHARITABLE ATTEMPTS.

car said...

快下班囉~來幫你加油~~........................................