Serving the Aging, the Disabled, and Those Who Care for Them in the Name of Jesus Christ
June 26, In the Year of our Lord, 2023
Our Lord Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”
The driving purpose of this Fellowship is to point people to the person of Christ. Faith, good works, right theology, and moral living all come from the person of the Savior. We deal with much struggle and hardship in the lives of people who are aging and, in most cases physically or mentally deficient. We have a few middle-aged people also. Our purpose is to serve, not create victimhood for yet another sub-group in society.
My role is to conduct about 130 services per year in eight different facilities of a wide variety. I make about 400 plus visits per year. My wife Carol actively assists me in these services and does about 100 or more visits per year on her own. We have a small ministry team of a half-dozen people who help us also. Three of them serve individuals one on one. My role is that of a pastor, teacher, worship leader, evangelist, and deacon, all wrapped up in one, my wife serving alongside me in all these aspects of ministry.
So, we roll on after a dozen years of serving Christ by reaching into the lives of the disabled and aging people God has given to us. Life can be very sad for many of them, and I am reminded of the words of J.C. Ryle, Church of England pastor, bishop, and evangelist of the 19th century who said, “The work of a minister is to do good. He is sent to seek lost sheep, to proclaim good news, to relieve those who are suffering, to diminish sorrow, and to increase joy. His life is meant to be one of giving rather than receiving.”
A tall order but well said. That is our purpose. Almost all of you know what St. James Fellowship does. This is a short newsletter due to my time and activity constraints on producing it. But I do send emails out from time to time regarding the people we serve so read these also. Our folks have been lonely, have MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, strokes, diabetes, crippling falls, or just are fading away with declining health.
They have sometimes been wounded by their own sins or the sins of others against them. We give the Good News and the love of Christ, along with some temporal helps and we leave the results in the hands of the Lord. Over the years, there have been many good results. In his death and resurrection Christ gave us victory over sin, Satan, death, hades, and self. He started a new kingdom in the world which St. James Fellowship is a little part of. Jesus Christ is our resurrection and life, and our reason for ministry.
Many of you contribute regularly and keep this mission moving forward. I want to say a mega THANK YOU! I do not take our contributor’s gifts lightly. The are tons of Christian works to give to and I appreciate those who contribute to us. It is generous individuals and a few churches that keep us moving forward. Please consider a gift (or an extra gift) to us.
St. James Fellowship Ι P.O. Box 266 Ι Monroeville, PA 15146 Ι www.samm165.sg-host.com
A 501 C3 religious charity registered with the PA Department of Charities