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Christian Concourse
Newsletter of the Month

August 2013

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

Greetings to you in the precious Name above all names, our Lord Jesus Christ! We must remind each other often that He really is our personal friend. Amazingly, His commandment really is, that we simply, openly, unreservedly love Him...and...that we love our neighbor as ourselves. In the course of turbulent relationships, nagging temptations, and besetting sins we can stop any time in the storm and ask for strength to love! He revels in giving good gifts to His children. May we be quick to ask.

 

We are excited to report that orders continue to come in for our new large-print hymn booklet, Favorite Hymns of Grace. In the next few days, we will be starting another printing of this powerful little tool for long-term care ministry. With over 4000 already distributed since January 1st, this is shaping up to be our most productive year yet. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

 

Also, we have started our first printing this year of Christian Christmas Carols. There are 1500 copies on the table waiting to be assembled for distribution. This booklet includes twelve of the most popular Christ-centered carols and four pages of the Gospel story of His birth. We will most certainly be printing more runs of the Carols booklet this year...they go fast!

 

These ministry tools are produced specifically for the residents of long-term care facilities. We do all the printing, collating, stapling, folding, cutting and packaging ourselves, because we want to make the booklets available at no cost to the residents. When sending them to staff members or Christian volunteers of a care-center we are asking them to help us put them in the hands of their population. Budgets for activity departments are often stretched to the limit and many volunteers are retired on fixed incomes, and how tragic to require a price at the hands of the residents! Our offers of ministry materials for free are often met with incredulous joy and gratitude. To us this is a great privilege!

 

While we are talking about producing these booklets, let us take this opportunity to thank Jeff Hadsell for all the help he gives us in this labor of love. He has faithfully assisted us with sacrifice and unselfishness for over 20 years! Collating the pages of the hymn booklets is his specialty. This is the most time-consuming phase of the work and we deeply appreciate every copy that he assembles. Jeff is also a student of the Holy Bible and, as we work, we have shared many hours in deep discussion on topics from Genesis to Revelation. Jeff certainly honors God with his kind demeanor, his diligence in working for the Lord, and his dedication to the task.

 

With Favorite Hymns of Grace and Christian Christmas Carols we also offer, for free, accompaniment instrumental CDs that go right along with the order of the songs in the booklets. One of our board members, Larry McAdoo, helps with duplication of the music, for which we are grateful. Larry is also a gifted, faithful nursing home minister.

 

How do we offer these wonderful resources at no cost? We put in the time and elbow grease, you, our financial sponsors, pay for the ink, the maintenance fees on the printing presses, the paper and all the other expenses we incur in the process of production. There are elderly and handicapped nursing home residents all over the English-speaking world that are benefiting from your kindness! We say, with them, THANK YOU!

 

Sincerely,

Jerry and Dar

Jerry and Dar Johnson

 

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