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SILVER CORD MINISTRIES Volume 2, Issue 1 January— January—March 2009

Inside this issue:

HAPPY NEW YEAR! T'was the day before New Years with only minutes to go. Everyone was waiting for the New Year to show. There were party hats, noise makers, and lots of champagne. Good food and good music no one could complain. When suddenly the ball began to drop. Everyone in the room came to a stop. When the ball reached the bottom the crowd began to roar. And confetti dropped from ceiling to floor. Happy New Year! Happy New Year! Was all you could hear. 2009 was finally here. Here's hoping your New Year will be festive and While those other kinds of fun. And may it continue until 2010. resolutions are all well and good, in Anonymous

To some, ringing in the New Year is only a time to “eat, drink, and be merry.” To others, it is important to make selfish “New Year’s Resolutions.” How will you greet the New Year? In the Fall of our Gregorian Calendar Year, our Jewish friends celebrate “Rosh Hashanah.” This is the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah begins ten days of introspection and repentance, leading up to Yom Kippur. Among these customs, it is common to seek reconciliation with people one may have wronged during the course of the year. The Talmud maintains that Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and God. To atone for sins against another person, one must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs committed against them, if possible.

We could all take a lesson from our Jewish friends. Instead of making a resolution to lose weight with Valerie Bertinelli, exercise so many times a week, read so many books, etc., God wants us to make decisions that will positively affect someone’s eternity.

and of themselves, God cares about relationships – between people and between Himself and His creation. Do you need to “bury the hatchet” with a friend or family member? Maybe you need to repent of your sin against God and commit to getting to know and love Him better? Maybe you need to establish a relationship with a lonely Senior, so they can experience the love of Christ? Leviticus 23:24 says: “Say to the Children of Israel: The seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall keep a Sabbath, a memorial, with the sound of trumpets (shofar), and it shall be called holy.” The Children of Israel marked their New Year with the blowing of the shofar, the making of a memorial, and treating it as a holy day. As we enter our New Year, as we watch the Ball drop in Times Square, let us equate this time with the blowing of the shofar and make resolutions that will last for eternity! What will YOUR resolutions be?

2 TESTIMONIALS HOW CAN YOU HELP?

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SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TRIP

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Contact 4 Information and Mission Statement TAXDEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS 4

URGENT NEEDS!


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Following are some testimonials from some Seniors, showing how God is working: • We have visited with Audrey for several years, helping her grow in her faith. She says that our visits have given her more confidence to share her faith. While in the Care Center for Rehabilitation after a hospital visit, she shared how much the Lord means to her with the Aids, the Nurses, and the Social Workers. Since moving into her new Assisted Living location, she still receives visits and calls from one of the Social Workers. This woman has told Audrey how she has renewed her own relationship with the Lord as a result of Audrey’s testimony! How we praise the Lord for what He is doing through Audrey! (She continues shares her faith with those at her new home, too!) • Jean has memory issues, mainly, along with some other physical difficulties. However, she is very in love with her Savior. Her daughter does not share her faith so, Jean has no one to discuss spiritual issues with her — until she started attending our Worship Services. Jean says, “I am SO glad you are here! I love to worship Jesus and learn more about the Bible from you!” We have been having detailed discussions about the sermons, after “church.” It’s thrilling to see her eagerness to learn more from God’s Word — even if she asks some of the same questions over and over again. The desire to learn is still there! • After we visit, Don always says, “I’m glad you come to see me. I appreciate that very much!” Both of his daughter’s live out-of-state so, he rarely gets visits from anyone else. He has memory loss, also,. However, like Jean, he knows he is saved and loves the Lord very much. He has trouble reading and remembering what he reads. So, in our visits, I read his Bible to him. Then, we talk about what we just read. This way, he is able to interact with what Scripture says and it helps him remember the application — at least, for a little while. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • A small group of Bell Ringers from Grace Church ministered in a small residential facility over Christmastime. • Christmas Day, a family brought Christmas presents for some Homebound Seniors and visited with those who didn’t get to go with family for the holiday. It was exciting to hear how they were able to put smiles on the faces of those who don’t smile often! • We have made contact with a facility on the north end of town, to pave the way for a volunteer to begin visiting with the residents and sharing God’s love and salvation with them. PRAY THAT MINISTRY WILL BEGIN SOON THERE! • DO YOU HAVE A LISTENING EAR? CAN YOU PLAY GAMES? CAN YOU SHARE THE GOSPEL? HOMEBOUND SENIORS NEED YOU!


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HOW CAN YOU HELP? 1) First, and foremost, PRAY! JOIN OUR E-MAIL PRAYER TEAM! This Newsletter will now be sent out once a quarter. Our E-MAIL PRAYER TEAM letter will be sent out once a month. (There might be times that a time-sensitive E-Mail might be sent, also.) If you would like to join our E-MAIL PRAYER TEAM, please send us an E-Mail to let us know.

3) DONATE: A) Purchase sermon tapes or CDs for Seniors. You can either drop them off in a Bag, labeled SCM, at 15363 Trillium Circle; Eden Prairie, MN, or call to arrange a pick-up time. B) Tax-deductible Financial Gifts can be given. See back page.

2) Please pass this newsletter on to anyone you think might be interested in hearing about this ministry.

4) Consider Volunteering! Call or E-Mail for specifics. (612-532-0308) ChaplainJudyM@aol.com

UPCOMING SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TRIP

SILVER CORD MINISTRIES IS SPONSORING A SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TRIP TO KENYA! Have you ever had a desire to take God’s Word to the lost and forgotten in another country? Here is your chance! August, 2009 we are taking a group to Webuye, Kenya to visit and partner in ministry with Pastor Samuel Wafula. (Dates subject to change for flight availabilities.)

We are planning a 1014 day trip. This will involve ministering to Elderly in a couple of group settings, for a couple of All-Day Gatherings; going to individual homes where the Elderly are living, to minister to and encourage them; Training, Teaching, and Fellowship times with Pastor Samuel and his fellow-workers. The exact dates are yet to be determined. NEEDED: 1) A personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 2) A willing heart.

3) Some with knowledge of computers. 4) Some with Bible Study and Discipleship knowledge. 5) Some with expertise in ministering to Seniors and able to train others. 6) Some creative people for our Senior Days. 7) ALL WITH THE DESIRE TO SHARE THE GOSPEL AND CHRST’S LOVE WITH THOSE WHO ARE LONELY AND IN NEED OF THE SAVIOR!

INTERESTED? PLEASE CONTACT US ASAP! ChaplainJudyM@aol.com or call 612-532-0308


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SILVER CORD MINISTRIES 15363 Trillium Circle Eden Prairie, MN 55344-1884 Phone: 612-532-0308 Fax: 800-417-0934 E-mail: ChaplainJudyM@aol.com

Serving the Spiritual Needs of the Senior Adult Community

SILVER CORD MINISTRIES exists to care for the spiritual needs of Homebound Seniors, to train others in the ministry to Homebound Seniors, and to create and send teams to aid ministries in other countries to care for the spiritual needs of their own Homebound Seniors. SERVICES AVAILABLE: Visiting with Homebound Seniors; Visiting Hospitalized Seniors; Anoint the Sick with Oil; Offer Holy Communion; Offer Senior-Specific Spiritual Resources; Offer End-of-Life Decision Counseling; Counsel/Encourage Families and Caregivers; Conduct Bible Studies; Officiate Worship Services in Senior Facilities; Officiate Funerals; Train Volunteers

TO GIVE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION Name_____________________________________________ SILVER CORD MINISTRIES

We’re on the web! silvercordministries.com

Address___________________________________________ E-Mail____________________________________________ Make Checks Payable to: Silver Cord Ministries, 15363 Trillium Circle, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 You may, also, donate SECURELY on our website: www.silvercordministries.com.

URGENT NEEDS: 2 New or Used (in good working order) PC Laptops

Do you have the resources to donate one or two? This will be a tax-deductible donation! Please contact Silver Cord Ministries for more information.


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