Notes from the May 11 Operation Barnabas Chapter Meeting

Pastor opened our meeting with the Litany where we asked God to have mercy on us sojourners here on earth.  It is our job to engage the rest of society by pointing the way of peace, hope and salvation while walking with Christ beside us.  We can be joyful as we journey towards heaven. 

Those present at the meeting included:  Pastor & Marty, Vicar, Boyd, Larry, Laura, Kathy, & Dawn.

We have no word about troops in our area returning home or being deployed. Larry has had our banner repaired.  Thank you, Larry. 

We voted to support Airman Perkins, his wife and new baby by sending $250 for diapers or other needs for a newborn.  They are based in Wyoming. 

632 new pairs of socks were delivered to Veterans at various locations throughout Tucson.  These articles were donated to the Lion’s Club which passed them on to us.  Sunglasses & Readers from the Lion’s Club were also passed out to Veterans. 

All Veteran’s resource groups are filled up with donated clothing.  Anything we receive, for the time being, will be delivered to the Impact clothing bank here in Catalina. 

Pastor informed us that it will be the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Nov. 11, 2021.  We will plan a special ceremony to commemorate this event. 

O.B. will host Sunday fellowship on May 30th for Memorial Day.  Veterans will be recognized with the reading of their names and the ringing of a bell.  This will take place at both Divine Services that day. 

We will be writing a grant for a storage building on the Church Campus for an O.B. overflow of clothing, household items, and furniture.  A used metal building is being considered. 

The next meeting will take place on Tues., June 22 at 10:00 at the Church.  There will be no meeting in July, but we will pack care packages on Aug. 10 for the Aug. 18 Stand Down. 

Vicar concluded the meeting with a prayer which asked the Lord to help us carry out our mission of helping all military who are in need of services. 

Happy summer travels,
Dawn

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