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?
Karen and Jane – Shopping for household items to assist refugee families
Breakfast Queens – Rev. Susan, Peggy and Debbie serving pancakes at Open Door Mission
Peanut Butter Patt brightening someone’s day at Open Door Mission.
Helping Hands at Open Door Mission Breakfast – Peggy, Barb, Patt and Debbie
Early on a Saturday morning eight North Siders prepared and served breakfast for over fifty homeless guests at Taking It to the Streets.
Rev. Susan Peggy Jane Bobby Kelly
Barb Peg Patt
Rev. Susan Bobby
Jane Barb Patt
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
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
Dining table/chairs Beds Lamps Couch Dressers Recliners Coffee /side tables Desks
Sheets Comforters Blankets Pillows
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
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 KING SIZE BEDS
NO BROKEN OR INCOMPLETE ITEMS
NO STAINED OR UNWASHED LINENS
NO UNWASHED CLOTHING ITEMS
** Do you have any of these items? Gotta a friend or neighbor who has them?
Email Peg at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine where to deliver items, or if pick up is needed.
If you want to help prevent homelessness, and are not sure how, “TOGETHER” is a place to start.
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 email@example.com.