- Written by Nelly Sanford Nelly Sanford
- Created: 24 October 2019 24 October 2019
James reminds us to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only.” In the spirit of this passage, the Heseders, Saint John’s mission group, met in October to sketch out the coming year of “doing.” We invite one and all at Saint John’s to participate in any of the following service activities.
The Artisan Fair and Bazaar, a fundraiser for the Heseders’ work, will be at Saint John’s on November 8 and 9. Come volunteer—or just shop and eat!
On Saturday, November 16, come volunteer at Serve 6.8 from 9:00 AM to Noon. Serve 6.8 is made up of volunteers from many churches who work together to have a larger impact on the community. It is located at the corner of Drake and Lemay, at the east end of the Clearwater Church building. The Heseders will be helping to bag up toys to fill wishlists of needy children in the community. The toys are there, as are the lists; the need is simply the labor to put everything together. We did this last year and it was really fun and rewarding.
Saturday, December 7, will be the evening Heseder Christmas Party at the Gardner’s. Instead of a white elephant gift, bring a winter hat, gloves, mittens or scarves. More details to be announced as we get closer, or just ask Sue!
April Mission Trip to Puerto Rico!
We have tentatively set April 25–May 2 for a week of work in Puerto Rico. If you saw our presentation last November, then you know it was a wonderful week of fun, adventures and meaningful work and worship. Please consider joining us this year for Chapter Two. The Heseders will pay for your week in Puerto Rico, with your only expenses being airfare and spending money. This is an easy trip with lots of fun built in. Speak to any of the Heseders if you have questions or any calling to go.
Africa in October!
For the more adventurous, there are a number of Medical Mission Trips to Africa available. Several of the Heseders are tentatively planning for a trip to Tanzania October 8–19. This trip will fill up quickly as it is a very popular destination, so those commitments will need to be made in November or December at the latest. So pray fast! For questions, check with Kimberly, Jo or Nelly, who have all participated in MMTs in the past. The financial arrangement is the same as above, with the Heseders paying for your mission time in Tanzania. Do bear in mind that flights are considerably more expensive, and many choose to do a safari before returning home.
We wish to thank the congregation for their continued support of the Heseders. We have been a group for eight years now. We also encourage support for the many missionaries in the field. One of the best parts of a mission trip is getting to know and love those who are full-time “doers of the word,” helping the poor, sick, widows and orphans around the world. Check the latter part of the newsletter for news from the Saint John’s supported missionaries who we know and love.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.Isaiah 1:17 (NIV)
“Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kindness,” “mercy,” “loyalty,” “loving-kindness” or “steadfastness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together—a “love your neighbor as yourself,” active, selfless, sacrificial, caring-for-one-another brand of living contradictory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are continually looking to work together to share some small measure of God’s extraordinary love. Won’t you join us?