It is with sadness that I share with you the news of the death of the Rev. Dr. Marshall F. Mauney, father of our Virginia Synod bishop, Jim Mauney. Dr. Marshall Mauney served as Pastor of the following parishes: Toms Brook Lutheran Parish in Toms Brook, Va.; Holy Trinity in Lynchburg, Va.; Mt. Tabor in West Columbia, SC; and First Lutheran Church in Norfolk, where he was named Pastor Emeritus in recognition of his 20 years of faithful service. A memorial service and interment will take place at First Lutheran, Norfolk at a later date. "Life eternal grant him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him."
Thursday, April 30, is "Pack the Park Day" at the Salem Red Sox ballpark in Salem; the game begins at 7:05 pm. You can see a baseball game, have some ballpark food and drink and help the Minnick Education Center at the same time. The Minnick Center is a school for children who cannot be served by the public school system. Minnick, a program of Lutheran Family Services, provides a safe, supportive environment in which these students can learn and grow. Last year, proceeds from Pack the Park purchased electronic tablets for non-verbal students, enabling them to communicate with their teachers and other students. Billy Motley has tickets ($9 each) for the April 30 game; you can see him at church or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a ticket. You don't even have to go to the game to buy a ticket and support Minnick!
World Maria Sunday is April 26. Virginia Synod Malaria Support will now focus on Papua New Guinea (PNG). More accurately, the assistance for purchasing and distributing Mosquito Nets will directly help our Companions in the New Guinea Islands District. The goal is to raise funds to buy 5,000 treated nets by the end of 2015. Zion's challenge is to raise $500 to purchase 1% of the nets or a total of 50 nets. Each net costs $10. You are encouraged to make your contribution at www.Team2017.org. Or, if you prefer you can give your checks made out to The VA Synod, with "PNG Malaria" on the memo line to Diane Giessler and she will mail them to the VA Synod each month until the end of the year. If you choose to go on-line, please let Diane know so we know when we have met our goal. St. Mark folks are welcome to participate in this effort, too!
The first step of humility is to cherish at all times the sense of awe with which we should turn to God.
- Benedict of Nursia
Yours in Christ,