April 18, 2017

Newsletter


There's a lot of Fun in Helping Others
In less than two weeks the Men's NetWork WORK DAY will take place. That's the day when men's groups around North America will be out and about helping others with projects of all kinds: from washing windows and collecting trash to remodeling and landscaping.

Ready to go but wondering if there's still time to get on board this year? You're in luck. You can register your group and project by clicking here.

Don't forget that a core WORK DAY objective is making your project an outreach effort, if at all possible. Helping folks beyond your church is a way to take your men's group into the community and assist people who may not have a connection with a church or the Savior.

We look forward to hearing from you after your project is done, too, so be sure to send us some pictures and include a brief narrative of what you did (five to ten lines will do nicely). We'll be featuring men's group efforts in the Men's NetWork e-newsletter and in an upcoming issue of The Lutheran Layman.

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Timeless Gems from This is the Life
In nine popular episodes from This is the Life, you'll see several stars doing some very early work. If you're new to the show, check out Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H), Daniel Travanti (Hill Street Blues), Angie Dickinson (Police Woman), and Jack Nicholson (A Few Good Men), as they ply their craft at the onset of their careers, way before they became household names.

You can get these excellent television programs from Lutheran Hour Ministries in two ways: one is This is the Life: Classics on DVD for $34.95. This includes nine episodes and features stories of God's extraordinary love in action in the lives of ordinary people.

For those who want it all, there's the This is the Life: Classics Deluxe DVD Set for $39.95. This option features the nine episodes, along with a bonus disc containing discussion material for each episode, a dozen behind-the-scenes photos, and video extras.

You can get the details on these two offers by clicking here.

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THRED Is Here for You
Using digital media as a way to connect people, THRED invites people from all walks of life, with all sorts of viewpoints, into conversations about spirituality, the faith life, temptations, morality, Jesus, and more.

THRED's initial point of contact is its Facebook page, which you can access by clicking here. Here you will find an open invitation to jump into the discussion and let us know what you're thinking.

The idea behind THRED is to establish a safe place for people to talk about the things they care about. Users will find that while THRED presents a Christian point-of-view, it's also open to all kinds of perspectives.

At the THRED Web site, there are articles dealing with relationships, community, culture, God, Christianity, and a host of other contemporary items. These can be accessed by clicking here.

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Striking the Right Chord: Project Connect
Looking to energize your outreach this spring? Order a Project Connect start-up kit for your church, business, or civic center. These booklets deliver help in an easy-to-read, easy-to-access manner. Costs are reasonable and once a display is in place, it can be self funded through offering envelopes designed for that purpose.

Project Connect booklet displays feature rotating racks for easy viewing. They comes with 230 pre-selected booklets that target topics we all face such as the Christian faith, the Bible, marriage, raising kids, money, depression, pornography, forgiveness and more. Written by pastors, certified church workers, counseling specialists, and other subject professionals, these smart booklets are ideal for people grappling with tough life issues and who are in need of answers to their questions.

To place an order, go to the Web site and click here. You can also call our Response Center at 1-800-876-9880 Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST) to order a display stand or individual booklets.

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Don't Forget Your Daily "Me" Time
For years the "Daily Devotioners," as Pastor Klaus calls his readers, have taken advantage of his timely thoughts on current events, the world around us, and God's overwhelming love for His creation. His messages are supplemented each week by a devotion on Monday from the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, Speaker of The Lutheran Hour. On Sundays an international devotion from one of LHM's many ministry centers is featured.

To sign up and receive the Daily Devotions as an e-mail, go to the Daily Devotion Web page by clicking here.

For those who like to listen to their devotions, they can be enjoyed online as a podcast. They can also be accessed on iPhone or Android devices through LHM's Daily Devotion app, which you can find by clicking here.

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The Power of Our Good Deeds
It seems only right as this will be the last e-news blog before the Men's NetWork WORK DAY on Saturday, April 29, that a few words be offered on the event and the guys who have participated in it.

As you already know, 2017 is the fifth year for this gig. Originally, the Men's NetWork kicked off the WORK DAY as a way for guys to get their men's groups focused on work activities that would help others. While individuals of all kinds have benefited from WORK DAY projects, the event's thrust was to reach and connect with people who are outside the church.

To that end, the Men's NetWork WORK DAY has been an admirable success. Individuals and families have been blessed through numerous projects and the love of Christ has been shared in deed and word. This year as your men's group gets together to work on April 29, remember that those brush strokes you apply, those nails you drive, those mulch beds you rake, and those gutters you clean are expressions of God's love through your hands and feet.

Eleven days to go. It's an exciting time of the year for us at Lutheran Hour Ministries and the Men's NetWork. We look forward to seeing your pictures and reading your brief stories in the days ahead as you recap your WORK DAY efforts for us. Believe it or not, there is still time to get on board with a project this April 29. If you have something in mind but that specific Saturday doesn't work for your group, you can schedule some other day in the future. Other groups have done this in the past, and it works equally well.

For those who have joined in on past WORK DAYs, what are some of the personal benefits you took away as a participant? Was there anything that surprised you? Was there anything you would do next time to increase your experience? How did the people you helped feel about your efforts?

To share your thoughts, click here!

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Upcoming Events:
  • NE, Columbus: Orphan Grain Train, gathering used clothing
    April 27, 2017 - April 30, 2017
    Host Church: Peace Lutheran Church
  • TN, Nashville: TN District LLL Convention
    May 6, 2017 - May 7, 2017
    Host Church: Our Savior Lutheran Church
  • TX, Austin: Men's Workday
    May 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017
    Host Church: Redeemer Lutheran Church- Austin

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Newest Men's NetWork Groups:
  • St. John's Mens Group
    Wausau, WI
  • T-Town Men's Fellowship
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Redeemer Men's Ministry
    Austin, TX
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