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Ascension Lutheran Church | 3801 Oakwood Avenue NW | Huntsville, AL 35810 | (256) 536-9987 | www.ascensionhsv.org 1
REFLECTIONS Page 1 From the President
Page 2-3 From the SW Corner
Page 4-5 From the Elder
Page 6 Stewardship
Page 7 This ‘n That
Page 8 CDC News
Page 9 Kids’ Corner
Page 10 Birthdays, Flowers,
Page 11 Music Ministry
Page 12 September Calendar
A Publication of Ascension Lutheran Church What’s INSIDE
those in need
and for those
them with the
love of Jesus.
GIVE money and other items
when the call goes out for them.
Cash gifts are needed the most at
this time. 100% percent of your
gifts will go to the affected
areas. CLICK HERE or go
-relief-donations/ to give online.
You can send your checks also by
mail to: Southern District - 100
Mission Dr. - Slidell LA 70460.
Please mark them for Harvey
Relief. CLICK HERE for a list of
care boxes that will be needed.
Please do not send them until they
are needed. We do not want to
overwhelm the centers with items
they do not need.
From the District President - Rev. Kurtis D. Schultz This important email is coming to you as an update on the Southern District
response to Harvey relief efforts.
I know many of you have been praying for those in the path of the storm and are
anxiously waiting to know how you can help. I have waited with this information
because of the uniqueness of this storm. We are still three days away from it leaving
our area. We continue to be in touch with our Louisiana folks as the ride out the
remainder of Harvey.
Our Southern District Disaster Relief team has been asked by the Texas District to
provide our experience and resources, especially in the area of organization and
management of volunteer work camps. That team consists of Dave Buss, Camp
Restore-Baton Rouge LA, David Goodine and Kurt Jostes of RAI and Camp
Restore-New Orleans LA, Ed Brashier, Shepherd's Heart Ministries-Gardendale AL,
and me. Preliminary work has started and a meeting of partners will be held next
Wednesday in Houston.
It is important that we support the coordinated efforts of the Texas District. This will
allow for the best stewardship of our resources. We will not be neglecting the needs
of Louisiana and we will respond as we become aware of them. The volunteer
camps will triage the needs as follows: 1. Pastors, teachers, church staff, churches
and schools. 2. Church members with special need families receiving high priority.
3. Families in the communities. This order is not in order of importance but focuses
on building greater capacity of care. We are enabling our churches and their people
to be servants to their neighbors. The camps will also be centers of distribution to
meet the basic and immediate needs of all people. Very early numbers from Texas
are reporting over 105 members have water in their homes. Many members
evacuated from their homes (over 30). Church damage - 6 with roof leaks, 3 with
minor damage, 2 flooded. Pastors' homes flooded - 5. Staff and teachers evacuated -
3 Staff and teachers flooded - 3. 30,000 people in shelters. These numbers will
increase as assessment continues.
VOLUNTEER next week after the search and rescue phase is over we will be
providing contact information to sign up to help. Watch our website -
SouthernLCMS.org, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/southernlcms.org -
Southern District-LCMS, and Twitter @SDLCMS for more information.
I thank all of you for your partnership in the Gospel and your generous sharing of
Jesus' love, mercy, and compassion.
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Ascension Lutheran Church | 3801 Oakwood Avenue NW | Huntsville, AL 35810 | (256) 536-9987 | www.ascensionhsv.org 2
From the New Testament
comes this needed advice,
“Therefore, encourage one
another and build each other
up, just as in fact you are
doing.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11)
Why now? It’s September
where the Fall begins, where
the deadly effects of the Fall
The much-anticipated great
American Eclipse has come
and gone. The beautiful
greenery of the summer is
ready to fall away into the
golden tones of Autumn. And
the vibrancy of life is being
threatened by the onset of
These are all factors that lie
between courage and sorrow.
They are why many are
discouraged. There are many
reasons why we need
At best, our world is messed
up. We are both the cause of its
mess, and the result of it, also.
As I see it, our life together as
a body of people is always
imperfect. At times, it even
borders on being offensive. All
of us need to be encouraged
and everyone should try to be
an encourager. However, that’s
In the words of St. Paul, the good things I should do I do not do. The evil
behaviors that I should contain I lose control over. Life in this dilemma is a
source of wretchedness. In this condition, I may feel badly about myself and
become angry with others and resentful against them. Plus, because my very
nature is contaminated by sin, it is impossible to resolve my dilemma.
My sin always affects those around me since I live in a dynamic relationship
with others. Not only does sin destroy my peace with others, it leaves me
discouraged and sad.
I wrote some of the above thoughts about no one in particular, even though I
wrote in the first person. It could be about me, but I did not intend for it to be
autobiographical. I am
writing in an attempt to
describe the humanity we all
share with each other. I am
writing to reveal our
common need to be
encouraged. One of the best
gifts we can give is to
encourage one another.
Joseph Barnabas was a
follower of Jesus during the
time the Book of Acts was
written. He was a Levite by
birth, but was widely known
through the meaning of his
name Barnabas, a “son of encouragement.” It is interesting to me that the first
time he is named in Acts, it is in connection with a major offering he gave to
the church’s treasury after he had sold a plot of land. What encouragement
that financial windfall must have provided to the apostles and leaders of the
To encourage someone is to call him to your side. Encouragement is not
theoretical, but practical. It is not rhetorical, but real.
Synonyms include “to stand by someone; to exhort
and urge him.” When we demonstrate to someone
that we are “standing by” him in his need, that very
behavior produces a strong dose of encouragement.
Our need to be encouraged is well documented as we
experience the constant changes life brings. When we
face illness or disease…when personal trials and
temptations come…when we must live only by faith
because sight fails.…when we must deal with “terrors
of the night and arrows that fly by day,” all while
From the SW Corner Pastor Bern