October 18 - 31, 2014
Spiritual Reflections Empty shelves The image of empty shelves haunted me for days after the recent SanTan Sun News article about the Chandler Salvation Army. Many of our own pantries are usually overflowing with an abundance that we take for granted. I move around outdated products, wedged between impulse purchases and items that will only feed my waistline unnecessarily. The comparison is just a bit convicting, don’t you think? Are we really free to spread our own tables with indulgences and feasting while others do without? It’s so easy to let our eyes gloss over to all the need. Admittedly, we’re overwhelmed with the tragedies being played out on the world’s stage. But this is here, in our neighborhoods and communities where needy people walk right past us and into whose eyes we dare not gaze. While we wring our hands over the atrocities unfolding on the other side of the world, might not our hands be busied changing a corner of the world within our reach? When children bear the consequences for an adult’s errant choice or life happening, we must step in and act. A hungry belly knows only
Spiritual Reflections one thing: hunger. It thwarts education and childhood development, job skills and self-respect. And, in general, hope. The truth is, God owns everything, and we are only His managers. As author and pastor Randy Alcorn says, “We don’t own the store; we just work here.” Perhaps the question then needs to change from how much should we give to how much should we keep? If Jesus fed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish, dare we not feed the hungry with our own portions? Won’t you join me this fall season and give? Open hands, palms up. Back to the Giver. Barbara B. Dillard Redemption Gateway Church unswervinglyheld.blogspot.com
SUNDAY WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Sunday Mornings Traditional Worship
7:30 & 11:30 A.M.
Contemporary Worship 8:50 & 10:10 A.M. Sunday School
Sunday Evenings CORE (6th - 8th Grade)
High School Youth Group 6:00 P.M.
8:50 & 10:10 A.M.
Adult Forum Bible Study 8:50 A.M.
RISEN SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL 23914 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85248 SW CORNER OF ALMA SCHOOL & CHANDLER HEIGHTS ROADS
Phone: 480-895-6782 • Email: info@RSLCS.org • Website: www.RSLCS.org
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The Perfect Place offers respite A loving and caring social program for adults needing care and loved ones needing respite is offered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, except Thursday, by The Perfect Place, an adult day care and nonproﬁt organization on the campus of Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. The program opens with a short devotion after which everyone shares something about themselves; activities follow, ranging from card playing to bingo to chair exercises and snacks. Volunteers are welcome, and contributions from service organizations, personal donations to the organization’s scholarship fund and small stuffed animals are appreciated. For more information, contact Judy Waltersdorf at (480) 895-2892 or email ThePerfectPlace85248@gmail.com.