Labette Emergency Assistance Center is an on-going project for the church. The need is so great. Remember that while we have so much, others have so little or nothing at all. Please leave your food items on the shelf by the office. Suggested items: canned meat, vegetables and fruit, cereals, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, baking mixes, pasta and crackers, cooking oil or shortening, flour, sugar, oatmeal and breakfast cereal. If you don’t wish to donate food, consider a monetary gift so that they may purchase what they need most when they need it. Thank you for your support!.
Week of Compassion, through its partnerships, responds to human needs around the world and close to home. Disciples bring hope to situations of natural disaster, war and famine, more efficiently than ever before thanks to the faithful gifts of local congregations. With your continued support, Week of Compassion will remain responsive to Christ's call to both short term relief and long term partnerships in order to empower our brothers and sisters around the world and in our own backyards. On Feb. 16 and 23, we will be accepting offerings to help this cause. The Buchanan family of Kokomo, IN, recently experienced damage from a tornado that struck their community and their home. They offer the following reflection on how Week of Compassion’s response helped them get started on the road to recovery:
Valentines of every size and description adorn store windows and other places of business this time of year. The holiday has become a time for love to be enthroned as a virtue, with the heart symbolizing the romance of our lives. But the heart symbolizes not only love, but life itself! Without a heart, our bodies cannot survive. Consider God’s words to Samuel: ―Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart‖ (1 Samuel 16:7, NRSV).
The heart — that inner countenance — shows what we really are. Samuel was to seek one of the sons of Jesse to be the new king. David, even though he was the weakest physical specimen, was the one selected. His heart was great. Love looks deeper than outward appearances, and we can thank God for that. Don’t be swayed by mere valentines — have a heart!