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Growing Neighbors Spring Lunch and Training is February 29, Noon to 4, at 222 N. Havana. This exciting joint effort with WSU Spokane County Extension is for all GN volunteers and others interested in growing healthy food and relationships. RSVP to Johnny at 389-7941.
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Spokane Public Schools are asking Shadle for mentors! SPPC is hosting a Training Lunch on Sunday, March 1 after service (11:30am-1:30pm) in our library. RSVP to Eileen in the office.
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Starting on Thursday, January 9, Youth Group will be meeting on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00. Talk to Christian, Courtney or Johnny for more information.
Frank Federspiel has decided that his retirement hobby may be helping, and his hobby is keeping him very busy. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Frank is at City Gate, where he helps with the meals. On Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, he hops in his car and delivers meals for Meals on Wheels.
Frank said, "Whereever there is a need, God places me there." And it seems providing food for people isn't the only need God has identified for Frank. Many people need an affordable place to live, and Frank assists by helping to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. He has also assisted with Habitat Projects in Santa Barbara where he and his wife, Bari, head for the colder months.
Years ago, when his daughter Marianne developed a serious and deteriorating eye disease, Frank became active with the United Blind of Spokane and has been their treasurer for 15 years. Another way he "gives of himself" is by donating platelets about twice a month.
When asked why he does so much, he responded by referring to his father, who did things for others. He also said, "I'm blessed by time and health." It's also clear that Frank is listening and ready to go when God shows him a need.
If you are interested in helping with any of these local missions, check out the links or talk to Frank.
Over this past year God spoke to me about taking risks for Him and stepping out of my comfort zone. He also spoke to me about my abundance of possessions, time, safety and the ability to just make a move toward serving Him.
When I first attended a celebration being held by a large group of our Spokane Muslim neighbors I was apprehensive. But as I sat among them, my overwhelming thought was that these are all just people.
An opportunity came up for me to help an Afghani woman with her ESL homework, and again I felt that nagging reluctance to make this commitment. I would be stepping into her home and family each week and into a somewhat different culture where I was a stranger. Considering her situation, I realize the irony in this. But the call to obedience was stronger. What I have found is a treasured friendship with a beautiful wife and mother of 8, who is very determined and abundantly thankful for our relationship. I am not a trained teacher and the English language is hard to teach, so I'm thankful when one of her children is there to interpret. I'm also thankful I can use my phone and the internet for help. Sometimes we end up laughing because we're both stumped, but that's OK.
Every time I'm there I get hugs and refreshments and time with a woman who's young enough to be my daughter, but understands my mother's heart and expresses such joy when I speak of my children. She and her family are regularly included in my prayers. My hope is not only that she can master the English language, but that she'll know she is loved by both Jesus and me.
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