Month: February 2021

An Update From Servants

“[We] try to make it easy for people to get plugged into missions,” Trent Davis, Founder/CEO of Servants says. The Servants office is bustling on a Tuesday afternoon, with volunteers sorting and folding towels and linens recently donated from a hotel. Trent and Relationships Director Marcia Meehan walk around the office, pointing out a volunteer staging area and a warehouse full of donated construction materials and appliances. 

Servants focuses on local home repairs, disaster relief in the Eastern U.S., and international missions in Guatemala and Uganda. “From the beginning,” Trent says, “we always felt God was calling us to those three areas.” 

Living Word has partnered with Servants for the past 3 years, providing volunteers twice a month for the Home Helps program, which repairs homes in York and Lancaster County. Volunteers don’t need to be construction-savvy to help with home helps projects. “Most people have no [construction] skills when they start and they learn things as they go,” Trent says. In a typical year, Servants has over 600 volunteers, but in 2020 they had only 208, even though they completed 100 projects.

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Resources for Lent (Guest Post by Pastor Gordon Carpenter)

Today, Pastor Gordon Carpenter shares some of his favorite resources for the season of Lent. Officially, Lent started last Wednesday, but there is still plenty of time to work through one of the resources below!

There are so many devotionals written for Lent that it’s hard to choose one. I have used many of them over the last 30 years, and I keep returning to those listed here because of the depth, and ease, of their writing. I highly recommend any of these, which are all available at Hearts & Minds Bookstore.

Small Surrenders: A Lenten Journey by Emilie Griffin
Paraclete Press, 2007
Using ancient and modern texts as inspirations for her reflections, Emilie Griffin guides us into a deeper understanding of ourselves and God. She recognizes that Lent is a time of letting go, so she walks us through Lent by using a series of small surrenders that will draw us closer to Jesus.

 

40 Days Living the Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight
Paraclete Press, 2008
We tend to think of Lent as a time of sorrow, repentance, and grief, and that is one of its core ideas. This book was not written specifically for Lent, but if …

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A Sea of White (Guest Post by Connie Milchling)

It is yet another snow day here in York! Our Women’s Ministry Director, Connie Milchling, shared this poem with our staff this morning and we wanted to share it with our congregation. Stay safe, everyone!

A SEA OF WHITE
by Connie J. Milchling 02.11.21

Again, I wake to a sea of white,
fresh snow has fallen overnight,
covered the ground, blanketed our cars,
and deep in my spirit something jars,
with an annoyance that I cannot seem to explain,
maybe something to do with the look of sameness,
over and over and over again,
I am fatigued in my heart, soul, mind, and strength.

In the meantime, the pandemic keeps storming,
it is the exact same news, just different morning,
while months ago (I think I would say?)
that CoVid seemed to strip away,
the color of life once joyously embraced,
which is why I think the snow does not grace,
my spirit as it normally would,
but that does not mean it no longer should.

The question becomes: will I pause to give thanks?
can I see beauty, instead of feeling this angst?
A bluebird lands to eat homemade suet,
and within seconds, dozens more pursue it,
male, female …

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An Update on Living Word’s Work in Ethiopia (Guest Post by Pastor Aaron Kunce)

We’ve been blessed with gifted and passionate partners in Ethiopia for three and a half decades and it’s time for an update. I hope this will be a helpful read as you continue to pray for the people of this country and the ongoing work we are doing there.  

Living Word helped to establish a church of Ethiopian refugees in Djibouti back in the mid 1980s, and then that church planted a church in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia that is still going strong.  

Fifteen years ago, we partnered with a small team of Ethiopian medical professionals and caregivers (led by Dr. Frew Tegene) to start a new ministry endeavor in aEthiopian town called Sendafa.  

This new ministry was called PAAV (Project Adopt A Village) and our mission was to strengthen the churches of Sendafa and to make qualitative difference in the health and well-being of the people there who were reeling from the immense suffering brought on by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

And now in 2021, we rejoice that God has been faithful and has used the PAAV team, coupled with the consistent generosity and service of the people of Living

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