Category Archives: Missions in the Community

From the Pulpit October 22, 2016

According to 1 Peter 3: 8-9, God calls us to live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, be compassionate and humble. We are not to repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, so that we may also receive blessing.

How can something sound so simple, yet be so difficult to do? But it appears nearly impossible if one watches the Presidential Campaign. We are not to repay insult with insult, but with blessing. At the second debate, the candidates were asked “Would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?”

What a powerful question, and what a change in the atmosphere in that room, as well as in the homes of everyone watching. How sad that the question initially drew laughter, as if it were a prank question. But, I could feel everyone lean in to hear their answers.

In Clinical Pastoral Education, to become a hospital chaplain, we met in groups to discuss our chaplain experiences in the clinical settings. Each chaplain was to critique the other chaplains and offer growing edges, or suggestions for personal improvement. Before each chaplain could offer a critique, we first had to acknowledge the other chaplains’ attributes. After recognizing a chaplain’s strengths, we could then critique possible deficiencies.

How different this political season would be if each candidate had to provide three positive qualities before showcasing their opponent’s perceived shortcomings. What would happen if we learn to agree to disagree? Better yet, what if we learn to disagree without being disagreeable?

Ministerting to Refugees / Homeless

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Karen and Jane – Shopping for household items to                                        assist refugee families

Open Door Missions - Serving Breakfast - July 8, 2016

Breakfast Queens – Rev. Susan, Peggy and Debbie                                         serving pancakes at Open Door Mission

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Peanut Butter Patt brightening someone’s day                                             at Open Door Mission.

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Helping Hands at Open Door Mission Breakfast                                            – Peggy, Barb, Patt and Debbie

 

NSCC & Taking It To the Streets April 2016

Early on a Saturday morning eight North Siders prepared and served breakfast for over fifty homeless guests at Taking It to the Streets.

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Taking It To the Streets

Rev. Susan Peggy Jane Bobby Kelly

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Jonathan       Debbie

 

 

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Barb   Peg   Patt

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Rev. Susan      Bobby

 

Taking It To the Streets 4                                                               Jonathan

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Jane    Barb    Patt

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Jonathan       Peggy

 

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Items Needed to Set Up Refugee Household

KITCHEN

Pots/pans     Dishes      Glasses/cups                                Cooking Utensils   Silverware   Can opener                Sharp knives    Mixing bowls   Trash can             Plastic storage & Zip Locs     Cutting board Dishcloths      Paper towels   Bakeware   Teapot Rice cooker   Dish drainers   Plastic wrap/foil

CLEANING ITEMS

Broom/dust pan    Bucket/mop   Dish washing soap All purpose cleaner   Plastic trash bags    Sponges/cleaning rags   Laundry detergent Scouring pads   Toilet bowl brush/cleaner

FURNITURE

Dining table/chairs     Beds     Lamps      Couch   Dressers     Recliners     Coffee /side tables    Desks

BEDDING

Sheets    Comforters    Blankets   Pillows

TOILETRIES

Toothpaste/brushes   Soap   Shampoo   Deodorant Brush/comb   Razor /shaving cream                             Feminine hygiene products                                                       First aid kit  /  aspirin   Toilet-paper                                      New towels/wash cloths      Lotion      Nail clippers Diapers         Baby wipes

MISCELLANEOUS

Alarm clock / radio       Light bulbs      Television Shower      Curtain/hooks      Linens                           Clothes hangers      Calendar       Rugs                 Electric fans          Vacuums Radio                        Crayons, pens, pencils             Dictionary       Bicycles         Scissors/tape         Telephones                     Quarters for laundry           Grocery Certificate          10-ride Metro bus pass

 

 

NO     RECLINER SOFAS

NO      WATERBEDS

NO      KING SIZE BEDS

NO      KNICK-KNACKS

NO     BROKEN OR INCOMPLETE ITEMS

NO     STAINED OR UNWASHED LINENS 

NO     UNWASHED CLOTHING ITEMS

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** Do you have any of these items?                         Gotta a friend or neighbor who has them?

Email Peg at pegaliew@yahoo.com to determine where to deliver items, or if pick up is needed.

 

 

Table of Mercy Breakfast Club

TABLE OF MERCY BREAKFAST CLUB

These pictures show how some of the Nebraska homeless live. Before you judge what you see, take a moment to learn about these people and how they have to survive.

A group of caring people from Atlantic, Iowa who are called the Table of Mercy Breakfast Club have been working with a particular group of people who are homeless. These people who have no home to call their own, have banded together in several small campsites / communities.  Sometimes they go it alone , other times there are two or more, and probably never more than six or eight. 

It took a lot of patience and effort for the Table of Mercy Breakfast Club to earn the trust of this secluded community.

North Side Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has donated items to  assist the Table of Mercy group in bringing aid to this community.

If you would like to help this community, contact Rev. Susan Ellis, at revsusanellis54@gmail.com.

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