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Faith in action for Oct. 29

October 29, 2010
By The Rev. Dr. Kate Hennessy-Keimig

St. James Episcopal Church

Every month from September through May a group of local clergy gathers to pray together, to offer one another support, share in educational and informational resources, and to talk about how to collectively serve the Marshall community. The Marshall Area Ministerial Association brings together ministers and priests from a wide range of denominations and theologies, all united by a love of God and a desire to put faith in action by serving not only the spiritual but also the temporal needs of God's people.

One of the ways MAMA members accomplish this is by providing small amounts of emergency financial assistance to those who often have no other resources for obtaining help through the Ministerial Association's Human Compassion and Transient Funds. MAMA members believe by working collectively and having a clear and respectful process by which those in need of aid might obtain it, we are acting as good pastors and shepherds for those in need of help, and still being responsible stewards of the resources provided.

Those resources come to MAMA through the generosity of this community, through both grants and direct donations. One of the main sources for those donations is the annual Community Thanksgiving Service that the Ministerial Association holds annually on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. This service is truly a community celebration, with music offered by choir members from many local churches, and prayer and reflection lead by pastors from several congregations. The Community Thanksgiving service provides a time to stop at the beginning of a busy holiday season and reflect with gratitude on the gifts God has given, and also offers an opportunity to put faith in action by sharing from those gifts and contributing to the offering for MAMA's ministry funds.

This year's Community Thanksgiving service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at First Lutheran Church. Please join us for this opportunity to put gratitude and faith in action to celebrate all God has done for us while supporting those in our community who can use our help.



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