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Ccm Newsletter May 2012
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CCM Newsletter - May 2012
Information and Resources
Major Wendy Waters
| Jun 29, 2012
We know that when we have the right tools to accomplish a task we feel more equipped for ministry.
It may seem expensive to have some of these resources on hand, but try to remember sometimes these can be ‘investment tools’ to leave God’s message of care and comfort with those you minister to. Other ‘tools’ will be a means of training and equipping others to feels confident in ministry. CCM identification badges are available for your members to wear when visiting as a means of introduction. It has become more difficult to fill the Sunshine Bags with the items you perhaps included in the past. Food items are being scrutinized by hospital and nursing homes across the country.
SUNSHING BAG MINISTRY
Supplies and Purchasing is working on items with Salvation Army identification which can be included in the sunshine bags. A sample pack of items will be sent to each DHQ shortly containing a variety of the products that may be available. Items will include tissue packets, brush/combs, toothbrush kits, sugarless cookies and candies, teddy bear, lap blanket and socks. A bulk-order form will be sent out in September for your Christmas Sunshine Bags. Don’t forget bookmarks, blessing cards and The Christmas Story pamphlet are available to tuck into the Sunshine Bag.
NURSING HOME MINISTRY
A few tools that are available from the SonShine Society who offer resources for nursing home ministry—www.sonshinesociety.org . Songbooks with large print and music written in lower keys are available in accompaniment editions and print only editions. Three books are available;
SonShine Songs & Scriptures
(Victory Edition), Heaven, Heart & Home and Heavenly SonShine.
Hope & Help and Onward & Upward
are resource and devotional books containing sermonettes, poems, etc. Strength & Peace is a devotional walk through the scriptures, Genesis through to Revelation with commentary.
Letters To Live By
offer study guides for Bible studies of the epistles.
ANOTHER RESOURCE COMPANY
Another company with tools that are available is from CTA—Christian Tools of Affirmation. This is not an advertisement for their products, only creating an awareness of their resources.
The CTA resource website is CTAinc.com. If you have used this resource in the past, I would encourage you to revisit the site as they continue to update and add new resources. Although this is an American site, Canadians can order through Sperling’s Church Supply in Waterloo. Many of these tools can be less than the cost of a greeting card.
While there are many categories available on the website, I would invite you to review the Care Ministries category, then Care & Comfort. There are bookmarks with scripture references, scripture card wallets, and booklets for illness, difficulties and grief.
Also available is a children’s soft covered book “Remembering My Someone Special: Jesus Gives Me Hope:, to help 7-12 year old process their grief in a healing way.
THE BEGGAR KING
"Once there was a time, according to legend, when Ireland was ruled by a king who had no son. The king sent out his couriers to post notices in all the towns of his realm. The notices advised that every qualified young man should apply for an interview with the king as a possible successor to the throne. However, all such candidates must have these two qualifications: They must (1) love God and (2) love their fellow human beings.
The young man about whom this legend centers saw the notice and reflected that he loved God and, also, his neighbors. One thing stopped him, he was so poor that he had no clothes that would be presentable in the sight of the king. Nor did he have the funds to buy provisions for the long journey to the castle. So the young man begged here, and borrowed there, finally managing to scrounge enough money for the appropriate clothes and the necessary supplies.
Properly attired and well-suited, the young man set out on his quest, and had almost completed the journey when he came upon a poor beggar by the side of the road. The beggar sat trembling, clad only in tattered rags. His extended arms pleaded for help. His weak voice croaked, "I'm hungry and cold. Please help me...please?"
The young man was so moved by this beggar's plea that he immediately stripped off his new clothes and put on the tattered threads of the beggar. Without a second thought he gave the beggar all his provisions as well. Then, somewhat hesitantly, he continued his journey to the castle. A king's attendant showed him in to the great hall. After a brief respite to clean off the journey's grime, he was finally admitted to the throne room of the king.
The young man bowed low before his majesty. When he raised his eyes, he gaped in astonishment. "You...it's you! You're the beggar by the side of the road."
"Yes," the king replied with a twinkle, "I was that beggar."
"But...bu...buu...you are not really a beggar. You are the king for real. Well, then, why did you do this to me?" the young man stammered after gaining more of his composure.
"Because I had to find out if you genuinely love God and your fellow human beings." Said the king. "I knew that if I came to you as king, you would have been impressed by my gem-encrusted golden crown and my royal robes. You would have done anything I asked of you because of my regal character. But that way I would never have known what is truly in your heart. So I used a ruse. I came to you as a beggar with no claims on you except for the love in your heart. And I discovered that you sincerely do love God and your fellow human beings. You will be my successor," promised the king. "You will inherit my kingdom."
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