“In Remembrance of Me”
We are a Living Testimony of His Peace
Greetings and Salutations fellow volunteers! We are living in interesting times.
By now, people are over the initial shock of learning that COVID-19 is a worldwide pandemic, one that’s costing lives. We have witnessed the panicked behavior and the hoarding that cleared out stores of all of their stock. Even today, the grocery store shelves remain bare. Store owners are limiting purchases for high demand items. It’s called sharing!
As Christians we have an incredible opportunity to bring this season into focus, to point the world to Christ. Consider this, there are over a billion Christians worldwide observing Lent, a time of reflection and preparation for the celebration of our Risen Savior.
What a beautiful portrait of God’s love as we bring into remembrance Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion, and death that culminates in our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead in resurrection power and love, the cornerstone of our faith.
This year we will not be able to assemble in person to celebrate our Risen Savior. However, we have a great opportunity to be a living testimony for Christ as people of peace. We have peace in the midst of the storm because our peace is not of this world. Jesus said to his disciples,
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27
Jesus left us His peace and sent us the Holy Spirit to indwell us. As believers we don’t have to succumb to anxiety and worry that the world experiences. We don’t need to let our emotions dictate our thoughts and actions. That’s what the world does. The world panics. It’s survival of the fittest with little regard for the local community.
There’s a much better way. In the letter to the Philippians the Apostle Paul instructs the Early Church,
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
So where do we focus our attention? Paul continues by saying,
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:5-9)
Climbing the Walls?
Here’s a Healthy Approach to Being Home
- Keep your morning routine. Wake up at your regular time. Shower and get dressed. Don’t linger in your pajamas, unless you intend on having a lazy morning.
- Include at least one constructive thing to do each day. I usually start the day by cleaning the floors. It gets the morning rolling and I feel ready to take on the day’s activities.
- Be intentional about your plans for the day: The more passive we are, the more likely we’ll get bored, feel like we “have nothing to do,” and focus on how that makes us feel emotionally.
- Establish a regular time to read and study the Bible. This is a big one. Surveys indicate that most Christians don’t read or study the Bible. What a great opportunity to establish a new routine. Need some resources? Check out the links below!
- Mission 119 – Know the Word
A program designed to help people to be engaged in establishing regular Bible study and reading. (Time investment 15-20 minutes a day)
Link to website: https://www.mission119.org/
- Biblical Training.org
Free online Bible classes. While not accredited, the faculty represents 16 major accredited seminaries, aiming to bring world-class education to the masses.
Link to website: https://www.biblicaltraining.org/
- Mission 119 – Know the Word
Love INC Volunteer Opportunities
From Home During COVID-19
Interested in doing some volunteering from home? We have opportunities for Love INC volunteers to write letters and make phone calls. To participate, contact Denise Viscuso at: firstname.lastname@example.org to get plugged in.
Virtual Volunteer Roles
During this difficult time, we have seniors and disabled folks who are isolated and can’t leave their homes due to the pandemic. What encouragement you could provide by writing a note or calling to provide encouragement.Volunteer: Write Letters of Thank You to Love INC Supporters
Love INC is seeking virtual volunteers to create inspirational thank you cards and letters to share with our donors and partners. During COVID-19, Love INC is working with our partner churches to help with the Hunger Children Project, and partnering with local restaurants to deliver meals to the elderly and immune-compromised in our community. We rarely get a chance to provide a special thank you. We can take this occasion to do so.
Love INC is looking for a volunteer to serve as the Recruitment Website Manager. This volunteer oversees Love INC’s recruitment website pages, duties include: Designing the company page that attracts readers, keeps recruitment websites up-to-date, presents new volunteer opportunities, re-posts Volunteer Match ads, and discovers new recruitment websites. Someone who would be a good fit is: Able to navigate the Internet and Social Media sites well, Microsoft Office literate, has writing and proofreading skills, is dependable, reliable, and works well with minimal supervision. Needs computer access from home.
Good Friday, April 10, 2020
Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
Orthodox Good Friday observance, April 17, 2020
Orthodox Easter Sunday observance, April 19, 2020
The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner that was to be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 is cancelled.