August 1, 2016
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
The humidity has eased a little today and there is a light breeze. A favorite hymn “Earth and All Stars” just came to mind. Here is verse 2:
Hail, wind and rain! Loud blowing snowstorm!
Sing to the Lord a new song! Flowers and trees!
Loud rustling dry leaves! Sing to the Lord a new song!
He has done marvelous things.
I too will praise him with a new song!
There are no blowing snowstorms and rustling leaves around, but singing a song of praise for God’s love and care, even the humidity, is always right!
I’m also thinking about our Mission Grant #2, the truck for Central Food Ministry in Lowell, MA. Imagine their joy at being able to purchase a box truck to facilitate food pickup and delivery, instead of the ‘back breaking’ van they currently use. Imagine the 1,300 families that are impacted by the food, clothing and supplies that will travel in
this truck! Just imagine this truck driving throughout north-eastern Massachusetts proclaiming the love of Jesus!! What a blessing for the community, Lord! And what a blessing for us to share in this ministry. We have raised one-fifth of the funds for this grant – keep up your ‘mitey’ work. All praise to God!!
While we’re thinking of Martin Luther’s “rose” – mark your calendar for the LC-MS New England District Reformation Celebration, a kick-off to the 500th anniversary year, at St. John’s in Westfield, MA on October 30th. Remember, they are requesting processional banners in honor of the event! Time to get crafty, my friends!
Lastly, from The Time is NOW! 75 Big Ideas. I picked idea #44 for my June letter, and I have to admit I did not do it. It seemed so easy, too. The time is NOW to ask a church worker (pastor, teacher, etc.) what would really help them. Listen to them. Then go do it, or get it for them, regardless of how big or small the request. I’m going to keep this here for me (and you?). If you have done #44, here is one for you, #14: The time is NOW to encourage a far-away friend or a home bound person in her faith by reading the Daily Mustard Seed Devotion together on the phone. Do you receive the Daily Mustard Seed in your e-mail? The devotions are lovely and amazingly timely. I believe you can sign up on the LWML web site at www.lwml.org. The time is NOW to sing, serve and celebrate!
Serving Christ with Gladness,
Please Send Mites to: Shirley Schindler
6 Davis Road
Ellington, CT 06029-3701
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?” Romans 10:14-15