LIGHTING THE FIRES OF FAITH
Taking. Jesus is the presence that we all seek and can be found in this place.
Jesus as He is. The humble Jesus that we know will not change. Our lives can be the epitome of humbleness if we follow His teachings.
To people as they are. Every human has an area of their lives that they would like to grow or change. If we open our hearts and minds to those possibilities there is no end to what we can become.
Taking Jesus as He is to people as they are
Made for Mission:
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Love In the Name of Christ would like to be open 5 days a week. They are currently only open Mondays and Thursdays. In order to expand their hours, they need 20 more phone volunteers. If you enjoy speaking with people on the phone please consider joining their team of volunteers. If you are interested or need more information, please phone 782-9766. They also have a website: www.loveincofjxn.org
You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways over flowith abundance.” Psalm 65:11 NLT
Don and Ruth Manta, have been ministering to international students at the University of Buffalo for 14 years. Missionaries are encouraged to take sabbaticals every 7 years. Don and Ruth have never taken a sabbatical, all while working with students full time, raising their family and adopting two children from Ethiopia. A sabbatical is a time of rest and refreshment as well as time for studying God’s word and seeking his direction. They will begin their first ever sabbatical on August 1 through December 31, 2017. They still require our financial support and prayers during this time. Prior to this, Don and one of their sons, Benjamin, will be attending the National Staff Conference in Singapore this summer. It is a required conference. They will also visit students who have returned to their homeland and continue to share their faith with their countrymen. It will be exciting for Don to see how the seeds of faith that were planted in New York have grown, blossomed and spread!
During July, we sent $125 plus $35 in designated funds to United Theological College in Zimbabwe. An additional $30 of designated funds went to Rev. Moyo’s Village program. Grace So Amazing received $210, the last half of support for one child at the orphanage for deaf children in Haiti. We also sent $340 plus $105 in designated funds for the Jackson Personal Care Ministry.
Three members from Westminster Presbyterian Church have handled the ordering and inventory for Jackson Personal Care Ministry for the past 5 years. They have stated that they will not continue in this capacity after June of 2018. They are willing to work side by side with new volunteers to ease the transition. Dennis Whitehead has very detailed descriptions of these jobs, which require about 2 ½ hours per week. It would not need to be an individual who assumed the responsibility. Teams could cover the jobs equally well. Please give careful consideration as to how you might be able to participate to keep this vital ministry in operation. This could be someone who is not a regular volunteer at the present time!
Your Mission’s Committee thanks you for your continued support of our mission beyond the walls of Brookside.
Blanket the World with Love
..what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
The cow can offering on Sunday, February 12, will be our annual Blanket Sunday for Church World Service. Every $5 we collect will purchase one blanket. Any amount is appreciated and will combine to support the Blankets + program. After a disaster a blanket can become a tent, a coat, a bed or a suitcase. In the United States, blankets have been distributed to homeless shelters, after national disasters and worldwide when needed after a crisis or disaster. The plus portion provides food, water in an emergency as well as tools to rebuild from a disaster. Your contribution becomes the gift of hope for the future.
Thurlow Reid has once again provided squares of fleece to represent the number of blankets we are able to purchase. At the end of the month, she will sew the squares into a blanket to be donated locally.
In other mission news, the Mission Committee has decided to maintain the same goals for Faith Promise Giving that we had for 2016. A copy of these goals will be available in the literature rack in the hallway.