The Holidays, Be at Peace

It’s been some time since my experience of the Holidays was a thrill, capturing all the excitement of the season culminating on Christmas morning with the family gathered, each person opening their gift one by one as we sat in together in a circle in the living room. After breakfast, the preparations for the Sicilian dinner would be in full throttle and after all those meal courses later we’d have coffee, dessert and conversation around the table, sharing special memories and laughter. What a sense of euphoria to spend the holidays with the family.  

Many years have passed since those holiday celebrations, a fading memory after my grandparents and parents passed away and the family splintered off into different areas of the country.  It’s okay though, I am truly at peace and I’ve learned to say, “If the Lord wills,” whenever speaking about tomorrow.

As we approach Christmas and begin a New Year, it’s important to be sensitive to people in our community who have lost a loved one over this past year, experiencing their first major holiday season without them. Those matter-of-fact comments like, “What are you doing for the Holidays?” might not be so comforting.  

Whether in rough waters or in calm seas, for me, one of the most beautiful things about Christmas is the peace that comes through our Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus is “the Prince of Peace,” and upon His birth the angels praised God and said, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men” (Luke 2:14).  Peace was the defining moment for me after I received Jesus as my personal Savior. I was no longer estranged from God, but at peace with my Lord.  That declaration of faith is what changed the trajectory of my life forever.

May we approach the Holidays at Peace. As we turn our eyes to Christ, may we meditate on the majestic wonder of knowing God, and reflect upon the words of the sacred text, the Holy Bible. May the Holy Spirit bring us God’s peace through His everlasting message.

Have a blessed Christmas and New Year to come.  

Grace and Peace
Denise Viscuso,
Volunteer Coordinator

Love INC Finishes the Year Honoring Client Mentor Mary Catherine, the December Volunteer of the Month

Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” John 12:26

Love INC is honored to announce Volunteer Mary Catherine, who serves as a Client Mentor in Clearinghouse Call Center, as the recipient of Love INC of Brevard’s December 2019 Volunteer of the Month.

Mary has volunteered in direct client services since 2017, journeying with clients from first contact through to graduation of the program. For Mary, mentoring people facing a time of hardship is something she came into Love INC with experience, having worked formerly in drug rehab.

Mary excels in her volunteer role with spiritual empowerment as she connects with clients through encouragement, prayer, and in her committed to seeing her clients succeed and be transformed through a new life in Christ. 

Mary came to Love INC as a packaged deal with her service dog Micah, who is the Call Center’s unofficial mascot, and even wears a volunteer badge.  Mary visits a local healthcare facility with Micah to cheer up patients in addition to her fellow volunteers.

Love INC extends our warm wishes and congratulations to Mary Catherine, Love INC of Brevard’s December 2019 awardee of Volunteer of the Month.

Awarding an Outstanding Volunteer

 (Left to right). Executive Director Kristy Stuart, Volunteer of the Month Mary Catherine, and Volunteer Coordinator Denise Viscuso at the Award Ceremony on Dec.19, 2019

What a Beautiful Bunch!

Coming Together at Love INC’s Annual Volunteer Christmas Brunch

(Standing from left to right) Mike Whaley, Paul Schulze, Bonnie & Dave Summerhill, Kristy Stuart, Pat Cook, Atha Comiskey, Ivette Rios, Janet Blevins, Jane Wall, Tangi Combs, Maureen Bellinger, Denise Viscuso, Tony Wall, Florida Holbert, Svetlana Vigliaturo, (Seated from left to right) Denyse Olson, Yolanda Almodovar, Mary Catherine,  Ruby Lindeman, Hannah Demmer, Sheryl Fahje and our Canine mascot Micah.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Volunteer Orientation

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and New Year from the Board and Staff of Love INC of Brevard!

For a child is born to us, A son is given to us; And the government is upon His shoulder; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”    Isaiah 9:6