This Sunday, September 11, is "God's work. Our hands." Sunday. All across our country, Lutheran churches will be using their hands to help people in their communities, that all may know God's love. Since this Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, St. Mark will be honoring Willis' first responders with "goodie bags." Thank you to Beth and Brook Smith for heading up the project and to the people of St. Mark for donating the items that will be delivered to the Willis Fire Department.
Zion folks: Would you like to do something similar for Floyd's first responders? Please reply if you would like to participate, i.e. bring snacks and pack bags, and if I hear from enough people, I'll find out the specifics of how many "goodies" we will need. We may not get things together by Sunday, but we can still let our first responders know how much we appreciate them. (I'm sorry this request is coming so late. As happens sometimes, the date just got away from me.)
We have two parish members in the hospital right now. Paul Everette is still undergoing tests to determine the cause of his illness and Wayne Pennell is hospitalized with pneumonia. Both are at Montgomery Lewis-Gale (their rooms are across the hall from each other.) Let us keep Paul, Wayne and their families in our prayers, that God would use those who care for them to bring healing and hope.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss