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The seasons of ‘thanks’ and of ‘giving’


By Gil Hanke


A few days ago, we celebrated Thanksgiving. Now our focus clearly is on Christmas.

I find it interesting and helpful that these seasons come when we need them the most.

It is so very important to be thankful.


I thank God for my family, for my friends, for the amazing staff I get to work with and for the work I get to do. I am thankful for health, and for safety. I am thankful for each of you who use the materials we produce, and who ask for additional resources (that is how this document came into being).


I recently started a new practice and have received interesting results.


I was taught to say “thank you” in response to being helped. Recently, though, I have added a few extra words, which take many by surprise; “Thank you for what you do.”


I have said that to people who work in restaurants, to the guy who fixed my car, to the folks who work for TSA at the airport, and to store cashiers. I want to convey my appreciation for their help and assure them that they, and the work they do, are important.


They usually respond with smiles.


Now, in the season of giving, I am thankful to you who provide financial support for the commission.

I am thankful for what you do, because our need is critical.


We get some interesting thank-you notes added to financial gifts of EMS, legacy, charter subscriptions, and other donations. Most relate to a resource, a publication, or to a news story about scouting or men’s ministry.


So, please accept my sincere appreciation for your comments, your financial gifts, and for all you do as disciples of Jesus Christ.


Gil Hanke, chief executive officer

General Commission on UM Men



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