Good Folks, it is Friday, January 11, 2019. On my UMC calendar it is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. I Google “Human Trafficking” and many sites came up. One in particular noted in their website’s cover: “Human Trafficking afflicts over 30 million women & girls every year. Together, we are stopping it.” I was listening to an interview recently on NPR (KERA, 90.1FM) regarding this very issue. The young lady who shared her story was also clear that human trafficking was not limited to women only. Our role is to be aware of the possible signs of human trafficking and how we individually or collectively can help stop it. And for the ones that believe that the problem is too big to stop, then maybe we can help that one individual (family).
Sunday we will celebrate the Baptism of the Lord with a Congregational Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant. Once a year, normally on the second Sunday of January, this worship element is offered to everyone present. I will preach on Baptism and God’s actions and our response. You will not want to miss this on Sunday.
Last week I mentioned that 2019 would be a “Year of Gratitude.” Have you given this anymore thought on who has made a difference in your life or an act of kindness that you look back with gratitude? Send a note to that individual if you have their address. Or maybe send me a story of an event that you would want to share in a future article of a moment of gratitude. We have a story to share. You are invited to share it.
Lastly, I am renewing my commitment to Central Elementary to volunteer one hour per week to tutor kids, read to them or just be an assistant to the teacher. Apart from this huge need to help students, there is a need for something we take for granted: “Disinfecting Wipes.”
Flu season is upon us and teachers are trying to stay ahead of this huge curve. My goal is 100 canisters. More would be great. I will bring this Sunday to display with the congregation of this two Sunday campaign. There are several brands out there, and you are invited to bring a canister or two, or a donation to the cause would be welcomed as well.
If you would like to consider giving an hour of your time to help make a difference in a child’s life, contact: Sarah Hill (Counselor); 214.770.5274;
Life is precious and fragile. Handle with prayer.
Blessings to all this day,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)