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
Honor Our Military Families
Thank all the military families in your church or throughout your community for their sacrifice to keep us safe and free. Take the opportunity to give back to these families, showing your gratitude, your love, and your service.
Organize a Military/Veterans Appreciation luncheon. Invite your church military and other community military members, including veterans from missions, nursing homes, etc … Use a Thrivent Action Team to organize the event. The seed money can be used for invitations, flyers, and other publicity. Have everyone RSVP for the event. Organize a decorating team, a catering team, a team to ask for donations (gift cards) from community businesses, and a clean-up team. Ask the military members to bring a photo of themselves in their service uniforms. Have a Power Point of before and after pictures celebrating their service. Don't forget the military music and a devotion and prayer for the military families. Give out gift cards or other donated items to say thank you to your military guests.
Other ways to say "Thank you!":
- Pray for our troops and military families.
- Recognize veterans in your congregation at least once a year.
- Celebrate and remember our nation's military veterans, service personnel, chaplains and families.
- Mow a military family’s lawn one Saturday morning or shovel their snow.
- Offer to babysit for service members so the husband and wife can go on a date or have some alone time.
- Have a drive for care box items.
- Visit veterans who are in a hospital, assisted living, or nursing home.
- Invite them to a parade, memorial service, or wreath across America ceremony honoring our military.
- Prepare a meal for them or invite them over for dinner.
- Send them a "Thank You" card for their service.
- Donate to Ministry to the Armed Forces which supports our military and Chaplains.
- Start an Operation Barnabas chapter in your congregation.
- Ministry to the Armed Forces: www.lcms.org/ministry-to-the-armed-forces
- Operation Barnabas: www.lcms.org/ministry-to-the-armed-forces/operation-barnabas
- Faith Comes by Hearing in every Language with a variety of devices to fit everyone’s lifestyle. www.faithcomesbyhearing.com
Remind Chaplains on military bases, overseas, in veteran nursing homes, or VFW’s that they can order the military BibleSticks at no cost to give out to military members and veterans.
A message you could send to military members:
Thank you for your service to our country. Please enjoy this military BibleStick. God is with you now and forever. Love in Christ, (your name or church here)
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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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Serving you and our Lord with gladness.
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