We are continuing to meet the 3rd Sunday of each month from 4:30-6pm. Our intent is to support one another in developing practices which keep our faith vital and flourishing. In keeping with this pur pose, we are currently using Eugene Peterson’s book, Living the Message. In his book, Mr. Peterson offers a brief thought upon which to reflect for each day. So, you never are behind, needing to catch up. You need only read today’s message. We would love to have you join us. For more information, feel free to contact Bev Ruston at 881-1391 or Louise Campbell at 799-4071. Next meeting is Sunday, January 16, 2022.
LA CROSSE JAIL MINISTRY
Recently First Presbyterian held a warm clothes and boots drive for the inmates at the La Crosse County Jail. There are many reasons why people getting out of jail would need these warm items. Sometimes when people are arrested in warmer months in shorts, t-shirts and sandals are then released in December. Or there are times when people are released and are homeless, the jail staff will bundle them up as much as possible so they stay warm. For others, they may have left their belongings in an unsecured location and therefore don’t have anything warm for someone to bring them to wear. Whatever the reason, we don’t ever want anyone to leave the jail in the winter unprotected from the cold.
Recently a homeless women was able to secure a spot in a treatment program. She had all of her belongings with her when she was arrested but when it was time to go, the jail staff noticed she had no boots. All she had were shoes that would not help in the cold weather. One of the jailers immediately went back to the donated items to find her a pair of boots. She was thrilled; her feet would not be cold. This story happens over and over again.
On behalf of all of us, working with the inmates in the jail, we thank you. Your generous donations are appreciated. This is a great example of you following Jesus by visiting those in jail or prison (Matthew 25:3) through warm clothes.
Chaplain Ann Wales
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To heal the broken, To find the lost,
To make music in the heart.
To bring peace among brothers,
To rebuild the nations,
To release the prisoner,
To feed the hungry,
Thanks to the many faithful volunteers who provided music
ministry during the Advent/Christmas season and throughout
the year. Music is truly one of God's greatest gifts.
May God who gave us this year,
And the Savior,
who walked at our side each day,
And the Holy Spirit,
who filled us with life abundant,
Grace the coming year with
Peace, Hope, Joy and Love
Morning Circle will meet Wednesday, January 19th at 9:30 in the Gathering Area at First Pres. Anyone wishing to join in the fellowship and study is most welcome. We will continue with "What my Grandmothers Taught me…Learning from the Women in Matthew's Genealogy of Jesus," lessons 4 and 5. Discussion will be led by Elsie Patterson. The hostess will be Judy Rowley.