He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Luke 10:27 NIV
Four times a year we serve snacks to the residents of the nursing home next door. Those who provide and serve the snacks then eat and mingle with the residents. If you do this and you have a child that plays the piano or another instrument, or you have a skit or some kind of entertainment, the residents would LOVE it (but it's not required). They are so pleased to have visitors, and children are ALWAYS welcome! This happens on the second or 3rd Wednesday of a month, about 4 times a year, at 2:30. Beverages and napkins are already provided. For more information, talk to our secretary.
For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. 1 Corinthians 16:7 NIV
Cornerstone for Life (CFL) is a pregnancy resource center in Storm Lake. They offer free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, counseling, and practical help to wed or unwed mothers. It takes a lot of volunteers to love on mommies and babies. Help is needed for laundering, folding, and managing baby clothes and supplies. They need people willing to contact businesses, churches, Bible studies, and other ministries to promote their purpose, or meet with Bible studies and church groups. And then there are the office volunteers who commit to 2 hours/week. These lovely people maintain the office and are there for clients. They can also use the time for reading or praying etc. Cornerstone currently does't have regular office hours, but would like to have a larger base of volunteers in order to have more open office hours. Our own Janet Peterson is their ultrasound tech if you want to talk to someone in our church. Otherwise, you can call CFL at 712.299.1707, or the director, Sue Thayer, at 712.299.4759.
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3 NASB
Gideons make sure that there's a Bible in all the local hotels, shelters, medical offices and hospital rooms. They visit people in jail and offer them a Bible. They distribute Bibles to University students and have a booth at various events. Gideons meets in the evening of the 4th Tuesday of the month - sometimes in Storm Lake and sometimes in Cherokee. For more information, talk to Dick Larsen or Kris Kohl.
Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. Acts 13:38 NLT
Baking cookies is fun but doing it together is even better! Anyone that enjoys making cookies and talking are welcome to join the bakers periodically in the kitchen at 8:30 am on a Thursday morning. Bring your pre-made cookie dough to bake up the cookies over some good chats and laughter. Then you'll package them up and deliver them to people in Newell that might enjoy a nice plate of cookies and a few minutes of conversation! If you can't join them but want to contribute, drop off your baked cookies, or dough, to the kitchen freezer. All are welcome!
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
...and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
“By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’
“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” Luke 10:29-37 NLT