It is Father's Day today. Just a few days ago I got a letter in the mail from a man who has not only fathered his own, but has also offered guidance, direction, wisdom, strength, love and practical help to countless others. He does so now in his role as Shepherd of the Streets. Please read the letter below and consider contributing to this important local ministry.
I wish you could spend just one day at Shepherd of the Streets and experience the gambit of emotions that cross our threshold.
• An aunt, battling cancer, finds the four children (ages 4-9) of her niece on her front porch as her neice drives off into the night … no clothing, no toys, no documentation, and in deplorable condition. ~ Direction, Spiritual Support
• A newborn has severe intestinal issues, must go to Geisinger in Danville twice a week for surgeries. The single mother has no money for the gasoline to do this for an undetermined period. ~ Medical Transportation, Hope
• A distressed woman who buried her father and mother within one month receives news that her sister has been discovered murdered in Washington, D.C and needs transportation. ~ Transportation, Spiritual Strength
• A heart-broken mother is told that her son has been shot in Pittsburgh. ~ Bus Fare, Prayer, Consolation
• A panicked grandmother needs a ticket to New York City because her four-year-old granddaughter’s face has been torn off by a pit-bull. ~ Prayer, Bus Fare
• A hopeful man on the kidney transplant list must go to Philadelphia once-a-month for evaluation. ~ Transportation, Spiritual Tenacity
• A depressed grandmother whose cancer has spread to her liver and pancreas. ~ Spiritual Support and Sustaining Love
• A man who lost his job has a heart attack and no resources. ~ Medication
• The uninsured and underinsured who must have life-sustaining medication until they get on a pharmaceutical help list. ~ Medication, Direction
And then there is my own distress when I must say, “Sorry, we have no funds right now.”
We spend around $2,000 per week on medical assistance and $1,000 per month on medical transportation.
Lately we have been taping a sign on the front door, “WE HAVE NO FUNDS FOR PRESCRIPTIONS” which lasts from three days to two weeks. It is the prescription fund that supplies all those emergencies, medicines, medical travel and other medicinal needs.
On top of that is the outlay for documentation, steel-toed boots and other non-skid shoes, basic uniforms for a new job, glasses, dental needs, and other needs for health & safety.
Every summer we face the need for support: this summer, more-so, because of the economic condition of our country.
You might think, “There is so little I can give.” That may be true, but together that little amounts to much, because every single contribution is as important as every single case.
Your gift is put to work right here in Lycoming County, giving compassionate support to around 300 people a month.
If it were not for the love and sacrifice of people like you we could not provide the relief and spiritual support that is given in The Name of Jesus.
Please give as generously as you can to support our Summer Appeal so that we can continue to supply this grace.
On behalf of the people whose lives your gift will touch, thank you.
Gratefully serving Jesus and you,
J. Morris Smith, Th.D.
Please mail, or drop off your contribution to:
United Churches of Lycoming County
Shepherd of the Streets
669 Center Street
Williamsport, PA 17701-4934
You are welcome to visit the office and see what your gift does.
With five sessions to choose from, Summer Branches 2010 offers camps in Art, Batik, Pottery, Yoga, Science, Outdoor Exploring, Greek Mythology...and much, much more. Full or half day programs are available.
For more information contact: 570.323.5498 or check out http://www.westbranchschool.org/.
West Branch School - “Where children love to learn”
All money raised will be donated to the Reeve Irvine Reeve Irvine Research Center and Research For Cure. The center is named after Christopher Reeve and his family and their goal is to cure paralysis after a spinal cord injury. The money raised via the 5K will go directly to Embryonic Stem Cell Research and human trials. The research has shown dramatic improvements in animal studies thus far. The hope and goal is to fund the upcoming trials on humans starting in the near future.
If you have any questions about the event or how to register, please call Elizabeth Boyer at 570-601-4882 or email her at maddie6655NO@SPAMaol.com
- Location: First United Methodist Church (enter by fountain)
- Address: 604 Market Street, Williamsport, PA
- Registration fee: $40 for 1st child * $30 Each additional child
- New uniform $25 (jersey, shorts, socks)
- Fundraiser will be handed out at this time or you may opt to buyout for $25.
- VIP teams are available for all ages 4 thru adult for physically and/or mentally handicapped players.
- Players age as of July 21, 2010 must be 4 thru 13 (14 & older team plays during the spring season).
- New players must bring a copy of birth certificate
We Need Volunteers:
We need coaches, referees, youth referees ages 12-17, field helpers and concessions workers. We'll train you, so if you're not already sure how to do one of these jobs, don't let that stop you.
If you are a returning player, or are interested in volunteering, and are unable to attend the sign-ups, please email BobbiJo to let her know you want to play.
Every child will receive a medal! 2 races - age 6 and under & ages 7 - 11.
$15 up to May 28th, 2010
$20 on race day
$10 for children under 13 years of age & The Kids Fun Run is FREE for all children!
Pre-Registration: June 3rd 2010 5pm - A Pre-Event BBQ and Race Packet Pickup!
Join us the night before the event at The Center and see for yourself all the wonderful things they do for our community. Come out and support The Center's youth and diversity programs.
Open registration 4pm - 6pm at the Genetti Hotel the day of the race
Race will begin and end in front of the community arts center. See map.
Runners - top 3 men and women in each age group
Walkers - top 3 men and women
Cash Prizes: $100 top male/female if you break the course record.
FREE food, music, and vendors for all participants. This is a First Friday event, so enjoy all the fun downtown... an experience we're sure you'll talk about and remember for a long time.
Go to the 5K Run for Kids website for many more details.