Comforter Ministry - News, Notes and Newsletters
DECEMBER - 2018
I like to think of themes to various spiritual seasons in my life. Maybe you do to? Currently, my theme word is HOPE. Fitting, I thought, for this time of the year, as well, with preparing heart and home for the celebration of Jesus' birth and all that means for me as a Christian. There are days and then there are days! Hope sometimes feels far off during certain circumstances and situations we find ourselves dealing with, often followed by less than a spiritually strong response. Other times, Hope is so near and dear I can actually feel its presence in my life. Regardless, however, Hope is a gift God has given me to ALWAYS have whether I feel I have it or not, through the faith I have in God's Son Jesus. I rejoice this time of the year with great Hope because God is good! Jesus is Born! Salvation is mine! Heaven awaits!
Dear Ones, have a blessed Advent Season as you prepare for Jesus' coming. May your heart be filled with HOPE at His coming!
O Lord, how shall I meet you, How welcome you aright?
Your people long to greet you, My Hope, my heart's Delight.
O Jesus, let your Word be A lamp to light my way,
To show me how to please you, To guide me every day.
CW#18, verse 1
GOD'S SAFEKEEPING BIBLE VERSE -
"As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait or God my Savior; my God will hear me" (Micah 7:7)
DO YOU have a top made that you would love to donate to CM, but it needs to be long armed?
Heidi Bork has offered to long arm up to two (2) quilts per month on a first come, first served basis. As the top maker, you would be responsible for making the top, providing a back that is 4" larger than the top in all directions and shipping to Heidi in Neenah, WI. She will provide the batting, long arm quilting, and return shipping to you. If interested contact her at: Quilterazzi@gmail.com or call 920.205.7213.
A COMFORTER MINISTRY WOMAN WITH A PRAYING HEART -
If you read my Comforter Ministry Newsletter - Winter 2017-18 issue you will remember I have a special focus for 2018, one that has been on my heart for some time. If you are a woman with a praying heart you may wish to participate. I am asking you to set aside a few minutes each day or some regular time of your choosing in order to pray for Comforter Ministry Recipients, CM women who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The CM Prayer List and Prayer are found right here on this page. Simply continue scrolling down and you will find a list of names for 2017 and 2018. There are many more names but I have chosen to share names from just the past year and current year. You are encouraged to pray not only for the specific names listed here but also in a more general reference as simply "CM Recipients" and "all those who have been diagnosed with cancer."
Please prayerfully consider being a Comforter Ministry Woman with a Praying Heart.
**COMFORTER MINISTRY PRESENTATION OPPORTUNITIES**
I would appreciate the opportunity to share my recently produced Comforter Ministry Power Point Presentation with you. The presentation could also include a Comforter Ministry Prayer Gathering/Prayer Bible Study. I would also encourage invitations to various events in order to share the Comforter Ministry Display.
These opportunities might include ministry/mission themed events within our WELS, women's retreats, women's groups, quilting workshops, college campus groups, high schools, Lutheran Pioneers (LGP), upper grades of Christian Day School and Sunday School, home schoolers, etc.
You are encouraged to contact me and we can determine if date, time, and place can be arranged. My hope and prayer? To search for ways to get the word out about the Comforter Ministry and the blessing it offers women of all ages. To date, 1 years old has been the youngest CM recipient diagnosed with cancer.
WILL YOU HELP ME?
PLEASE!!! QUILTS NEEDED - Can you help? I can always use more quilts so...
Please consider making and donating quilts for Comforter Ministry, Inc. All you need to know can be found under "How the Ministry Works" and click the appropriate choice for further criteria. You may contact me, as well, if you have questions or need a Comforter Ministry journal when your quilt is complete and before sending to me (as pointed out in the criteria). Please take note of checking the CM criteria for making and donating a quilt as some recently have been on the "too small" side and others have had no CM journal. Thank you!
If you know of someone who may wish to participate in this ministry, please pass along this information to them. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
It is not as though I cannot purchase quilts as I have money set aside from a special gift of money for doing so should the need occur but I want to use that avenue as a last resort. I think all would agree that a beautiful part of this ministry is the opportunity it provides for others to participate and share their love, compassion, and gift(s) with those in need...just wanted you to understand my continual plea for quilts :)
COMFORTER MINISTRY NEWSLETTER - Autumn 2018
Enjoy the latest Comforter Ministry Newsletter - Summer 2018 which is now available. Click here or scroll down to the bottom area of this page, click and read/print. I encourage you to print and share with others. YOU are my PR Department :) Thank you!
NOTE: The Winter Issue of CMN will be sent out in January 2019, Lord willing.
New Comforter Ministry Quilts
Thanks to the following quilters who have made and donated comforters for CM recently - Check out the Photo Gallery :)
*New Comforter Ministry Quilter/Quilt Group
Barb S - Bloomington, MN
Barb S and St. Michael's Mission Quilters - Bloomington, MN
Carolyn J and Faith In Action Quilters - Rochester, MN
Check out these amazing quilts in the Photo Gallery!
Words to Share...
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone. My hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation. Ps 62:5
The Faith in Action quilters pooled their talents to sew, layer and tie this quilt for you. We hope that you will be comforted by the sure knowledge of God's love and care for you, and you will feel his arms around you as you wrap in its warmth. Carolyn J
THANK YOU, LADIES, FOR THESE INSPIRING WORDS OF COMFORT!
Sharing my Thanks...
I received a generous, special ministry gift from Trinity Lutheran Endowment Committee - Minocqua, WI. They have supported the Comforter Ministry on a regular basis throughout the last several years and I am truly grateful. THANK YOU, KIND FRIENDS OF COMFORTER MINISTRY!
Barb S was kind enough to offer to make and donate youth quilts appropriate for some of CM's youngest recipients. I don't often receive a request for children but when I have received a request I haven't had a quilt of the appropriate size or theme. I have relied on Barb and her quilting group in Bloomington, MN to assist me in filling such a request. Thanks to Barb, I will be keeping a few on hand for such a time in the future :) THANK YOU, BARB! (check out her youth quilts in the Photo Gallery)
Sharing a Need...
COMFORTER MINISTRY POSTERS AND BROCHURES
Can you help? If you would be willing to display a Comforter Ministry poster at your church, school, etc. please contact me. Comforter Ministry brochures are also available if you have a tract rack, a women's meeting, group, retreat, etc. for distributing. Thank you in advance for helping to promote CM to those around you :) THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE CONTACTED
ME AND REQUESTED THEM!
Please add to your personal prayer list the following 2017/18 Comforter Ministry recipients -
Laura - Milwaukee, WI; Sue - Jackson, WI; Lindsay - Geneva, IL; Jihan - Geneva, IL; Cheryl - Anchorage, AK; Linda - Manitowoc, WI; Beth - Marietta, GA; Annette - Tomahawk, WI; Mrs. Martinez - Oak Creek, WI; Pat - Green Bay, WI; Becky - LaCrescent, MN; Connie - Mt. Vernon, TX; Lorraine - Kewaskum, WI; Carol - Waupaca, WI; Mary - Wilmar, MN; JoAnn - Van Dyne, WI; Amy - Anchorage, AK; Donna - Appleton, WI; Jolene - Orleans, ON, Canada; Cathy - Green Bay, WI; Joan - OshKosh, WI; Janet - Algoma, WI; Bernita - Bruce Crossing, MI; Donna - Warsaw, IN; Dorothy - Mosinee, WI; Evelyn - Pinehurst, TX; Kathryn - Bloomington, MN; Gail - Menomonee, MI; Jena - Manitowoc, WI; Jarret - Cumming, GA; Tracy - Lake Stevens, WA; Christine - Gurney, IL; Kim - Rockwall, TX; Cindy - Lone Oak, TX; Marilyn - Willmar, MN; Fran - Eden Prairie, MN; Kristy - Wauwatosa, WI; Shar - Two Rivers, WI; Rachel - Janesville, WI; Amanda - Montgomery, IL; Juanita Kaye - Greer, SC; Karen - White Settlement, TX; Lois - Zumbrota, MN; Clara - Cocoa Beach, FL; Karen - Manitowoc, WI; Joy - Oklahoma City, OK; Kathy - Stevens Point, WI; Marilyn - Forestville, WI; Annette - Hales Corners, WI; Sandy - Rhinelander, WI; Judy - Menasha, WI; Debbie - South Milwaukee, WI; Krysta - Austin, TX; Ann - Oklahoma City, OK; Melissa - Magnolia, TX; Nancy - Maquoketa, IA; Heather - Manassas, VA; Diane - Jackson, WI; Pam - Shakopee, MN; Susana - Arlington, TX; Elizabeth - Eau Claire, WI; Sue - San Jose, CA; Jessica - Appleton, WI; Laura - Columbus, WI; Julia - Manitowoc, WI; Margie - Indianapolis, IN; Karen - Forest Lake, MN; Kim - Mishicot, WI; Jean - River Falls, WI; Melissa - Jordan, MN; Sandy - Lincoln, NE; Amy - Yorba Linda, CA; Marlyn - Erie, CO; Carol - Waupaca, WI; Lisa - Watertown, WI; Lori - Manawa, WI; Nancy - Shawano, WI; Melody - Appleton, WI; Audrey - Afton, MN; Dorothy - Eau Claire, WI; Carolanne - Hoyt Lake, MN; Lorraine - Oakfield, WI; Marlene - Black Creek, WI; Julie - Brownsville, WI; Traci - Heath, TX; Dixie - Tomahawk, WI; Phyllis - Jackson, WI; Gretchen - Hobart, WI; Lisa - New Ulm, MN; Gloria - Minneapolis, MN; Clarice - Brookfield, WI; Shanna - Brookfield, WI; Julia and parents Chris and Jessica - Nashotah, WI; Nancy - Chippewa Falls, WI; Sue - LaCrosse, WI; Sheila - Tomahawk, WI; Anita - Wauwatosa, WI; April - Terrell, TX; Pam - Georgetown, TX; Janie - Somerset, KY; Barbara - Milwaukee, WI; Julie - Grand Prairie, TX; Peggy - Solon, IA; JoAnn - Neenah, WI; Julie - Rockwall, TX; Beth - New Berlin, WI; Joan - Kalamazoo, MI; Katie - Switzerland; Luella - Katy, TX; Robert - Ft. Worth, TX; Jill - McKinney, TX; Carolee - Franklin, WI; Gail - Two Rivers, WI; Mollie - Bowling Green, KY; Melisa - Pflugerville, TX; Jacqueline - Whiteriver, AZ; Rosie - Kenosha, WI; Debra - Choctaw, OK; Marla - Zumbrota, MN; Jeannine - Sturgeon Bay, WI; Sue - Rockwall, TX; Annette - Madison, GA; Dee - Milwaukee, WI; Judith - Grand Rapids, MI; Kelli - LaQuinta, CA; Paula - Spring Branch, TX; Tammy - Oklahoma City, OK; Jane - Oak Creek, WI; Jenny - Hartland, WI; Marsha - Conyers, GA; Daniel - Wauwatosa, WI; Jan - Anderson, IN; Janet - Oklahoma City, OK; Betty - Upper Marlboro, MD; Tammy - Dallas, TX; Vicki - Conyers, GA; Lois - Farmington, MI; Faye - Newborn, GA; Nancy - Peshtigo, WI; Paige - Seattle WA; Barbara - West Allis, WI; Suzanne - Wauwatosa, WI; Joan - Covington, GA; Sherri - Peshtigo, WI; Michelle - Caddo Mills, TX; Melanie - Colorado Spring, CO; Jackie - Colome, SD; Carmen - Bloomington, MN; Ida - Reeseville, WI; Linda - Utica, NE; Rebecca - Copperas Cover, TX; Heidi - Chicago, IL
Holy Comforter, Bring peace of heart and mind to these women. Their earthly tribulations are at a high point during these most difficult days. They need Your presence and peace to comfort and sustain them. Through Your Word You promise to strengthen and comfort all who believe in Jesus as their Savior. Through Your grace may they experience your holy comfort and, if it be Your will, grant them complete healing. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
REMEMBER - IF YOU KNOW OF A WOMAN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AND WOULD LIKE A COMFORTER MINISTRY QUILT AND JOURNAL SENT TO THEM, PLEASE CONTACT ME.