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Weekday Mass Times (weekdays of 10/16/17-10/20/17)
Monday 8:00am Communion Service
Tuesday 8:00am Liturgy of the Word
Thursday 8:00am Liturgy of the Word
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From the Prayer Shaw Ministry:
Two weekends ago we had a blessing of prayer shawls, blankets & hand crosses for our prayer ministry. They have been made for those who are ill or infirmed. A number of our own parish family members had helped to create these beautiful items. As quickly as they went, we have recognized the need we have for many others to be a part of this great ministry. I’ve asked Mary Rasler to share with you that need, but also some of the great stories we've heard up to this point.
Rarely does a day goes by that I don’t hear of someone else who needs our prayers and support. Most of them have been diagnosed with Cancer, but there also many who have a debilitating disease, some painful, others limiting life. Others are grieving the loss of a loved one or tragedies that do not affect them, but go on around us daily. Too, too many are suffering for addictions to alcohol or drugs and feel unworthy of God’s love, but, they are not. He is there, waiting for them to open the door and let Him inside. There are families and friends who are suffering because they feeling helpless in being able to help those addicted. There are people suffering depression caused by low self-esteem, dealing with bullying, abuse (verbally and physically). Many of these are children, teenagers and young adults that have a lifetime ahead of them if they can just hang in there and just let the love of God work in them.
This is what prayer shawls and blankets are all about, to wrap up in and sit in God’s presence. To feel the hug that God is giving just you. They are to make you also aware that there are others out there praying for you and loving you. Many of these people are walking the same path with you.
There are many in need of these visual signs of God’s love. I am asking you to consider joining us, who have been working to keep up with the demand. If you have a desire to craft something there is a way. Some of us crochet, others knit, some sew quilts (by machine) so don’t be intimidated by the word quilt. If you use a machine you can make a blanket, it does not have to be a quilt. It could also be a pillow case for a bed ridden patient.
Kathy Allen, as many of you know, is legally blind. She, along with a friend, made several knotted blankets with embroidered sayings in the corner. Kathy, like me, agrees that focusing on others helps yourself get through your own situation. Another parishioner, with some help of his wife, is making the difficult palm crosses. Having lost a son to cancer a few years back, they also know how important this project needed. Even my mother, who also does not see well, wants to try crocheting again. Store bought blankets may also be used. I did this for three young boys earlier this year that lost their mother and I did not have time to make blankets. Father will bless just about anything that will help bring someone peace. If you would like to bring in something to go to someone particular, make sure you have your name on it and place it on the table with the other items to be blessed.
I would like to thank those that have already stepped up to make this ministry possible. It could not happen without you. I invited anyone that would like to help to contact me. As I said, we need more to crochet, knit and sew. If you do wood-working we can use more palm crosses.
We have someone willing to help teach crochet and I will help anyway I can to help with that also. We have supplies, so no need to go and purchase items for yourself unless you would prefer to do so. There is yarn in bundles in the alcove of the narthex. If you need needles, material or whatever, contact me. Through the generosity of others, we have funds to keep moving forward. We are open to new ideas to expand this ministry if you have one, we are willing to listen. The blessing of items for this ministry will be the 2nd Sunday of each month. Any items in the alcove of the narthex have been emergency blessed. By generous donation of a cabinet and some TLC by my go to guy Brad Scheller we will soon have an organized cabinet for our shawls, blankets and crosses. Prayers are the next thing we need. Constant prayers are needed for all of those going through trying times. Our items are blessed with the healing power of God no matter who receives it now or who it is passed onto later the blessings remain. n the narthex you will also find envelops for donations to the prayer ministry. It has an address to mail into church or it can be placed in the collection basket. You can also purchase gift cards for JoAnn’s if you would like. As you complete a project and bring it to church, please place it in the hospitably room. I will put a tub in the room for all items. By doing this, we will know what has been blessed and what has not.
God Bless all of you and thank you for helping me to bring this ministry to reality! ~ Mary Rasler