More than five boxes of books, magazines, crossword and word search puzzles, and toiletry items were donated to Lutheran Senior Services through a Gifts from the Heart ingathering at the October Interdepartmental Meeting.
Mission Servants Activity of the Month
Share Your Easter Joy!
Easter gives joy! Share the joy of Jesus’ resurrection with people of all ages during this blessed and holy season!
Remember the thrill of getting an Easter basket as a kid? Create a basket for a non-Christian friend, but in addition to the perfunctory Peeps and chocolate eggs, add a book or DVD that focuses on the first Easter.
Don’t forget those seniors in nursing homes. As many celebrate Easter with family and in church services, there are some seniors that will not receive visits and have opportunities to spend with their family for Easter. Consider a small basket or little bin that they can snap to their beds, wheel chairs, or walkers filled with a few non-candy Easter goodies such as fuzzy socks, post it note holders, pens, small journals, bookmarks, and a personal note from a child. Give an Easter lily to put into a window to symbolize hope and life.
Share the message of Christ with a beautiful “He Is Risen” Easter ornament. Fill them with jellybeans, a prayer, small toy, a tea bag, or anything your heart desires. Directions and the downloadable ornament can be found on the LWML website.
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Caring for the Needy
Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. (Psalm 41:1, NIV)
One of the most common excuses for not giving to the needy is: ‘I had to work hard for what I’ve got; so should they.’ True, the Bible teaches that if you’re not willing to work you’re not entitled to support (2 Thessalonians 3:1). But did you know: 1) Six million children under five die every year of starvation? 2) One out of seven people goes to bed hungry every night? 3) The three richest people on the planet have more collective wealth than the combined gross national product of the world’s forty-eight poorest countries? General Booth, who founded the Salvation Army, said, ‘How can you convince a man of the love of God if his feet are perishing with the cold?’ If your prayers aren’t being answered, here’s something to consider. The Israelites fasted and prayed, then complained that God wasn’t answering their prayers. That’s when He told them: ‘This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice … get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts … I’m interested in seeing you … sharing your food with the hungry … putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then, when you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, “Here I am”’ (Isaiah 58:6-9, MSG). When you care for the needy, the Lord promises to ‘deliver [you] in times of trouble’ (Psalm 41:1, NIV) — and you can take that to the bank.
Heavenly Father, help me to live simply so others can simply live. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
The above devotion was written/compiled from multiple sources by Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities, November 16, 2015.
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