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
Bake a Birthday Cake for Someone Who Otherwise
Won’t Be Able to Celebrate their Special Day!
Birthdays are special days for everybody, whether you are “two” or “one hundred and two”! Many people are recognized on their special days, but there are many that aren’t. The two particular age groups that I’m referring to are the young and the old. You could help them feel special by gifting them a birthday celebration.
There are many ways to do this.
- Put together a birthday cake gift bag and give it to the family. Purchase a cake mix, a jar of frosting and a box of candles and put them all in a gift bag with the child’s name on it. Put a Christian book inside that is age appropriate, too. Perhaps your society or woman’s group could adopt a classroom of children. Each child would be remembered with this gift on their birthday.
- Your ladies may want to bake and decorate birthday cakes for your shut-in seniors or bake for an “adopted” nursing home group, and deliver the cake to the person wherever they live, whether it is in a nursing home or at their residence. You might include a Christian book or tract (large print preferred) or possibly a small gift to go with it.
Have fun! Be creative! Enjoy sharing joy on their special day!
Sharing Your Servant Activities
At the Lakeland Zone Rally of New Jersey District, the ladies participated in a servant event of sending flowers to the shut-ins and/or elderly within their churches. A potting table was set up outside and the weather was perfect for the event.
The ladies decorated dollar store plastic cups with stickers and then planted petunias in them. To accompany their plants, they added a note card and placed a message from their heart on it. The ladies took them back to their own churches to give to their elderly LWML sisters or to give to someone they knew who could not make it to the rally.
The Lakeland Zone ladies enjoyed the servant event and loved the idea.
The Mission Servants Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at email@example.com. Thank you!
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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