Happy Thanksgiving!

Uncle Jonathan with his newly-born niece, Lucy Christopher Laurie.

Baby Lucy update

Baby Lucy is doing really well. She has a good appetite and needed her diaper changed last night for the first time. She is so cute!

Thanks for your greetings to her and her mom.

Giving Thanks

Today is a national holiday when we are to give thanks to God. I hope you remember to do that today as you celebrate with friends and family.

I trust many of you are having turkey and all the fixin’s! Here are some of my favorite things to have on Thanksgiving:

  • Turkey (I prefer the white meat)
  • Cornbread stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Sweet potatoes (especially with melted mini-marshmallows on top, one of Christopher’s favorite things)
  • Rolls and/or fresh biscuits
  • and tons of gravy on everything!

I will be speaking on Skid Row today

I must admit that we already had our Thanksgiving meal this past Tuesday. Brittany went into labor that night, so perhaps there was something to it!

Instead, I am going to go up to the Fred Jordan Mission in L.A. today to preach and to help them with their annual outreach to feed the homeless on L.A.’s skid row.

This mission was originally started by my uncle Fred Jordan. He has been in heaven for quite a few years now, but his dear wife (and my aunt) Willie Jordan has run it very effectively for years now, as she and her family have reached thousands of lives for time and eternity.

57 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!”

  1. Shari says:

    Brittany, Stella, Greg, Cathe, and Jonathan,

    Congratulations to all of you!!! Baby Lucy Christopher is absolutley adorable!!! God bless each one of you in the days ahead. You’re in our thoughts and prayers!

  2. Linda says:

    She is so cute, congrats! Was she born on Thanksgiving?

    I like your list of the food you like to eat on thanksgiving you; made me quite hungry!

  3. Sheila & Steven says:

    Hello Pastor Greg:

    You don’t know us personally, actually have never even met us, but we are followers of Christ, and during a dry period between churches, we spent our Sunday mornings in worship with you via your on-line service. What a joy you gave us at a time when we were not actually attending a church body. Since then we have found a wonderful little church here in Idaho Falls, Idaho – Christ Community Church – and are back in the arms of fellow believers. Your Sunday services came to us at a time when we really needed you, so THANK YOU. Thought it was an appropriate time to say that to you since it’s the Thanksgiving Holiday. Also, “Congratulations” on the birth of your second granddaughter. It brought a tear to our eyes as we read her middle name, just knowing what an honor that will be for this little child as she grows up, as well as to you and the rest of your family.

    May God continue to bless you, as you touch the lives of so many people who have never met you face to face – just know that there are people out here like us who are all the better for having experienced your love for our God.

    We enjoy your daily “Devotionals”, and share them with many of our friends and family members, hoping their lives will be touched by your love for the Lord.

    God Bless!

    Sheila & Steven Schmid
    Idaho Falls, Idaho

  4. Paige says:

    What a beautiful picture of little Lucy and her adoring uncle! Congratulations! I know that she has already heard the sweet name of Jesus and pray that she has a tenderness in her heart for Him from a very early age. What a joy for you all! 🙂

    This may sound funny, but I thought I’d pass along a little tidbit of how the Lord uses all things to draw us to Him and keep His children ever on our hearts. Just after Christopher passed away, I received a bottle of wine called “Stella Rose.” I don’t typically drink, so I wasn’t sure what to do with it. But, seeing the label, it immediately brought little Stella to mind and the Lord laid it on my heart to use it as a reminder to pray for you and your family. So now it sits on my kitchen counter as that reminder each day.

    It’s been a blessing to pray for Brittany and Lucy as she was getting closer to her due date, and I know that the Lord will bring other things to mind as this one has been answered (in a beautiful way!). It amazes me that He would use even a wine bottle to bring Him glory and point us to Him!


  5. Jack says:

    I woke up Wednesday morning with the urgency to pray for your family. We are happy to hear the news about Lucy Christopher and share in your family’s joy. We are praying for the Laurie family. Thanks for being our pastor and being a everyday, down-to-earth person, and for letting us in on your life. We are proud to say that you’re our Pastor!! God Bless!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Dear Pastor Greg and family,

    Congratulations on your beautiful new granddaughter Lucy Christopher Laurie. Children can have away of brightening up a day. My prayers are with you and your family.

    God bless you!

  7. Grace says:

    Hi Pastor!
    Congratulations to your wonderful new blessing in your family. Lucy is adorable. My prayers will continue for Brittany, Stella and the rest of the “Laurie Bunch”!!
    God Bless you and I can’t wait for her to be presented. Happy Holidays

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  9. Tonya says:

    Oh! How wonderful a new baby in the family and she is adorable. The gene pool is very strong! I pray for renewed strength everyday for Your family, Brittany, and big sister Stella.

    The Syphers

  10. Christine says:

    Congrats on your new 2nd Baby Grandaughter. She is beautiful. That is awesome that Christopher Name is her middle name. She will always remember her daddy. He was an awesome and dilligent man of God!

  11. Jacqueline says:

    Dear Pastor Greg and family,
    I just want to say Praise the Lord, Halleluiah! She is gorgeous just like big sister! Thank you ever so much for sharing such precious memories with us. I am praying for you and I will continue to pray as the Lord continues to strenthen each of you with His Love, Joy and Peace. May the Lord lead your lil Stella, and Lucy Christopher as they take thier journey, that each step would be in His direction. Love you in Christ.

    Your sister,
    Jacqueline Silva

  12. matt, jackie & emery says:

    congratulations laurie family!!! we LOVE LOVE LOVE her name- it’s so awesome. so glad everyone is healthy and well. i bet she’s got those strong laurie genes:) blessings upon you guys.

    matt, jackie & emery

  13. Suzie says:

    So happy for you and the family. God has returned to you a little part of Christopher in little Lucy. How appropriate that she be named in honor of her Daddy. She is beautiful and I love the spiked hairdo she has, ha ha ha. God Bless You and Yours.

  14. Alejandra says:

    Dear Pastor Greg and family:

    Congratulations! my family and me were waiting for the good news, we are so happy for you. The Lord bless you all and keep you and we will continue to pray for you and your family.

    And thank you for sharing the pictures with all of us, she is a precious beautiful baby, your whole family is gorgeous.

    God bless you.

  15. Darryl and Adana says:

    Dear Greg and family,
    We rejoice and celebrate with you in the birth of little Lucy!!!! She is absolutely beautiful!!!! We praise God for His Goodness!!!!

  16. Karla says:

    “Glorious Thanksgiving”

    Dear Laurie Family,

    God has shone His light upon you for all to see! Ever still…

    The birth of a child.

    Keep shining brightly your joy is felt through your generosity of heart.

    Many Blessings,

    Karla Souve’

  17. Grace says:

    Pastor Greg & Family,

    Congratulations on beautiful Lucy. Thank you so much for sharing. This was truly a special Thanksgiving for all of you!! Brittany, Stella, and all of you are so blessed.

    God bless you all,

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