- Written by Nelly Sanford Nelly Sanford
- Created: 31 January 2013 31 January 2013
Heseders is an odd name … like “Gospelers.” Hesed is a Hebrew word that refers to God’s all-encompassing compassion. So a Heseder would be someone who spreads God’s loving kindness through action and deeds. You may remember that twenty “Heseders” from Saint John’s went to Haiti last June. Our bulletin board is still up by the office, if you need a refresher in what a success this mission trip was.
The group has met several times since returning from Haiti and we are currently planning our next mission trip. If you missed our congregation informational meeting in January, here are the main points.
- June 2–7: New Orleans mission trip to Camp Restore. Families are welcome to participate. Check out camprestore.org for info on what needs continue in New Orleans. Nelly & Joel Sanford are trip contacts
- November 9–16: India mission trip with LifeTree Adventures. RoxAnn Karkoff-Schweizer is the contact person.
- December 28, 2013–Early January: Peru mission trip with LifeTree Adventures. Contact Kimberly Pepmiller for more information or to join the group.
- Day Trip Missions are being planned, with the first one in August. You and your family can experience the fun of a mission project without an overnight commitment.
Participants in these mission trips will be holding several fundraisers to pay for their trips. Be watching for:
- Easter Breakfast: After sunrise service on March 31
- Garage Sale: April 12 and 13. Please start saving your donations!
- Praise Band Music Festival: Saturday, April 20. If you missed it last year, you missed a rocking good time of contemporary music from a number of area churches!
Please consider joining the Heseders in supporting our fundraisers and perhaps coming on one of our mission trips this year. Watch the bulletin for meeting and activity times.
“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?