Those members who were present include: Bruce, Larry, Kathy, Laura & Mike, Pastor & Marty, and Dawn.
Pastor opened with a devotion about promotions in the military, in like manner, Jesus issues “promotion orders” to those who confess Him unto death. An example of this is the criminal hanging on the cross who gave a dying prayer of confession and hope in Jesus. So It is the job of Operation Barnabas to bring the joy of Jesus to those who feel depleted and defeated.
We discussed the Stand Down next Thurs., Aug. 15 at Grand Lux Hotel located at 1365 W. Grant Rd. It runs from 9:00-2:00. We will be leaving my house at 7:00 A.M. so we can be set up by 8:00. Bruce will be giving Vicar a ride and Marty will be riding with me. Fifty adult care bags were packed along with 15 children’s bags. Thanks to Chris’s suggestion, we have a great way of packing the bags with a lot less effort. Two door prizes are being donated by our Chapter.
A $100 donation was made by a member of our congregation to purchase items for the care packages.
Efforts are being made to connect with our active military members. Karl who is based at Guam would like emails from our members. We have also committed to corresponding with Nathan when he goes through basic training for the Air Force.
We received a thank you letter for our past donations to the Old Pueblo Community Services. They serve veterans who are homeless due to lasting effects of combat.
Pastor said we can keep up with deployments and returning soldiers by going on the website-patriotguard.org. They are a motorcycle group who honor Veterans at funerals and other events like “Wreaths Across America.”
Our next meeting will be Sept. 12 at 10:00 at the Church.
Here are some photos from the Aug. 15 Stand Down. It was very successful with 60 resource booths and 50 Veteran participants. We gave away 30 adult bags, 10 children’s bags and 25 Bibles. Thank you to Faith Lutheran for helping us make this event successful.
Blessings to all,
Servies are at 10:30am and 7pm each Wednesday of Lent. There should be soup supper at 6pm each week beginning February 21st, but be sure to check the sign-up sheet on Sundays (or call the office) for availability.
The Congregation supported our Pickle & Jam Sale last Sunday with $426 worth of support. Praise the Lord for their kind hearts.
There’s more information about the Hope Fest and where it is being held. It will be inside the Tucson Convention Center on October 28 from 9:00-2:00. There will be no charges for the Veterans to have their tables. We have two tables & 8 chairs reserved for Operation Barnabas. Bag packing will take place on Oct. 17 at the Church. It will be a busy day on October 28 with the Hope Fest in the morning and the Reformation picnic at church in the late afternoon.
Russ & I were moved by an incident at the Family General Store in Catalina. While we were in line paying for 75 puzzlebooks for the Veterans, a couple came up to us and handed us a $9 donation to use towards filling the care packages. It was totally unexpected.
On Nov. 4, we will have a table or two at the Vendor’s Fair at CLC. We will have a raffle for the large planting pot that was donated to us by Pottery Fiesta in Catalina.
There will still be pickles & jams for sale and I plan to make peach, apple, and cherry pies and crisps. If anyone else wants to donate some other baked goods like brownies, bars, breads, etc., that could add to our sales.
Claire, at Claire’s Café, has given us permission to hold the Memorial Service out on the patio and to hand out the $10 food tickets for Veteran’s meals. We could also have a fund-raising raffle held there, if we don’t sell enough tickets on Nov. 4.