LMLC Feb. 2019 Servant Event

Unforgotten Haven Snack Packs for Chemo Project.

We will assemble 500 Chemo Snack Packs for adults going through chemo. These packs will be dropped off at Unforgotten Haven office and they will be disbursed to cancer centers where chemotherapy infusion takes place – MC Anderson, Penn, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Minnitti Center.

Date: Friday, 22nd Feb.
Time: 6 PM to 9 PM

Location: LMLC, our church

After assembling the snack packs, we will have dinner and movie/game night.

What We Need: We will be collecting the following items in Jan/Feb every Sunday. Please drop your donations in the Box in Narthex.
*Prepackaged peanut butter crackers-500 individual packs
*Prepackaged pretzels-500
*Small box of 100% apple juice with straw-500
*Hard candy, mints or lemon drops, cookies in sealed individual packages
*Chapstick or lip balm-500
*Packet of tissues-500
*Homemade cards or notes of encouragement-500
*Ziplock 1 gallon size storage bags-500
*Donations are welcome

Volunteers are needed to make cards/notes of encouragement for 500 snack packs. You can make a few cards every week and bring them to the church. We can supply the stationary or you can get your own.

Any time and talent you bless us with will be greatly appreciated.

Ponder Anew…

(It’s snowing as I am writing this.)

A little city girl went to the countryside for a family vacation. The rustic inn where her family stayed was next to farmlands and hilly grassy areas. The family arrived at the inn when it was nighttime. The next morning the little girl woke up and looked out of her room’s window and saw sheep for the first time. Excited she woke up her father, “Dad! Look! There are sheep, so
many of them! And they are so white! They are like clouds!”

That night, while the little girl slept, a snowstorm dumped a foot of snow on the hills covering the green grass areas completely. The girl woke up and rushed to the window to see the white sheep. She was surprised and asked, “Dad, they were so white yesterday like the clouds, but why are they dirty?”

Dear Sister and Brother in Christ, just as the sheep looked white against a green grass background but dirty in the snow, you and I look good in this world but let’s ask ourselves how we look in God’s perfect standards. Let’s not fret or fear because Jesus, who tells us, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”(Matthew 5:48), is with us and His Spirit will guide us in the coming days. God bless us all.

In Your Service

~Pastor Ben

Ponder Anew…

A shepherd was asked why sheep often stray or get lost. He answered, “They are busy nibbling and don’t see where they are.” We tend to do the same. A little of the world here, a little of the world there, a bunch of this and a twig of that; and before you know it, we sheep are lost in the world. That is why God’s word teaches us to ‘turn to Him’, ‘abide in Him’, and ‘follow Him’.

In the New Year “…by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us…” (Hebrews 10:19-20), let us live as God’s faithful children in penitential, prayerful, and powerful ways! And as Jesus taught us whenever trials come along, let’s just pray “your will be done.” (Matthew 26:42) and God Himself will lead us to higher ground.

In Your Service

~Pastor Ben

From the Pastor’s Pen

Have you ever had the power go out in the middle of the night and reach for a flashlight only to find the batteries dead?  When it’s not needed, the flashlight looks fine.  But if the batteries are dead, it has no real value.  Sad to say that seems to be true of many churches today.  They look okay on the outside.  Sunday morning finds cars in the parking lot and people sitting in the pews.  But when people’s lives are challenged by crisis and problems they don’t know what to do. In my seminary days, I worked with other seminarians at the local hospital.  One day a little baby was brought into the ICU after an accident at home.  The baby had received massive head injuries.  The parents were devastated.  Their pastor arrived to make a visit and have a prayer. We saw him walking the hall and thinking out loud…”What can I say to the family?  What should I do?”  We couldn’t understand how a pastor would have nothing to say.  He appeared to be “without his batteries.”

Can that be said about Christians?  We go to church and say the right things.  We appear to those around us that we are pillars in the religious community–people of strong faith.  But then something happens.  We encounter an illness.  Something happens to a loved one or we experience some setback.  All of a sudden we find ourselves questioning God and his love for us.  Does God really promise to be there for us and does he really answer our prayers?  Some well-meaning Christians may even lose their faith.  They are like that flashlight without batteries – they have no power.

Well, what do you do to make sure the flashlight works when you need it?  The answer is pretty obvious.  You make sure the batteries are charged!  Before Jesus was taken up to heaven he told his disciples to go and make disciples.  But first they were to go to Jerusalem and make sure their batteries were charged.  That day is remembered in the church as Pentecost.  It was the day the disciples were gathered together and heard a sound like a rushing wind.  Tongues of fire appeared in the room and were distributed over the heads of each of those disciples. They began to speak in various tongues and the people of various nationalities and languages hear the Gospel in their own native language.  Two thousand people became Christians that day and the Church was born.  That never would have happened had not those disciples been filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

That pastor in the hospital ICU did find the right words to say to the grieving parents.  His prayer was a comfort to them.  On his own, he was like that flashlight with no power.  But God provided the power.  He gave him the power of the Holy Spirit.  That is a power He gives to all Christians.  Sunday worship is the time we gather around Word and Sacrament to have those batteries recharged.  Through Word and Sacrament we are connected to the Holy Spirit.  We are strengthened and empowered for the week to come.  May the Lord bless our time together in worship and may we remain connected to the power of God through the working of the Holy Spirit!

Pastor – Rev. Dennis W. Bottoms