SILVER CORD CONNECTION 11-12-2008

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November-December 2008 Newsletter for Silver Cord Ministries

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  • November-December 2008

    Volume 1, Issue 6

    SILVER CORD MINISTRIES

    Thank you for your won-drous feats For open speech and quiet streets

    For worship as we choose to pray For preservation of our way

    For homes and jobs and baseball games For many colors many names

    You saved our lives and we're still free From shining sea to shining sea

    Thank you Thank you Thank you - go in peace

    Lyrics by Sam Bierstock, MD, Music by John Mel-nick Music & Lyrics Copyright 2005 all rights reserved One-time reproduction rights granted for this publi-cation Please visit www.beforeyougo.us to hear Before You Go and see associated visuals for veterans of WWII and Ko-rea, and for our veterans of the Vietnam War, and to purchase CDs and DVDs

    BEFORE YOU GO

    Quietly, you've all turned gray You did your job - you saved our way Our life and freedom you preserved We've thanked you less than you've deserved

    You never boasted, bragged, or asked For adulation for your past You did the job you knew was right And quietly, you cry at night.

    For bodies maimed and comrades lost For sights beyond our fur-thest thoughts For what you've lived and felt and seen For what the cost of free-dom means

    You leave us blessed with every breath That cost you arms and legs and death You won the worst and greatest war We owe you more, we owe you more

    Thank you for your won-drous feats For open speech and quiet streets

    For worship as we choose to pray For preservation of our way

    Before you go, we need to show That in your silence we still know What you accomplished and what you did For who we are and how we live

    So go with love from wives and sons And daughters - for a job well done From kids who've never seen a tank We give you thanks, we give you thanks

    Philippians 1:3,4

    I thank my God every time I remember you. In my prayers for all of you, I always pray with

    joy.

    Dec. 7, 1941 A Day that will live in Infamy! PEARL HARBOR DAY

    Inside this issue:

    IMPORTANCE OF THE HUMAN SOUL

    2

    HOW CAN YOU HELP?

    3

    SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TRIP

    3

    Contact Informa-tion and Mission Statement TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS

    4

    HOLIDAY WISHES AND WELCOME HOME, RYAN!

    4

    SILVER CORD CONNECTION

    Remember your Creator...before the Silver Cord is severed...and the dust returns to the ground it came from Ecclesiastes 12

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    THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HUMAN SOUL

    Paula Frakes, a colleague in the Senior Adult industry, wrote the following thoughts: For all of us, our bodies age and get older but, the one thing that never ages or gets old is the human soul! The soul is always seeking to be filled...the only thing that can truly fill it is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The hunger for the true love of Jesus expressed to us never goes away. This is the one aspect of every human being that can always be touched...even through the veil of Alzheimers and other age-related health issues! These can affect the human body and mind but, not the soul! I have personally witnessed this many times over in my 15 years of working with older adults in various Senior Living environments here, in the Twin Cities. We should never forget this nor the souls that live in the aging bodies that are growing in numbers each and every day in our country and around the world! This is something very important to remember; especially for those of us that are a part of the Christian Church worldwide!!

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    CRABBY OLD MAN (Author Anonymous)

    What do you see nurses? What do you see? What are you thinking...when youre looking at me? A crabby old man...not very wise, Uncertain of habit...with faraway eyes?

    Who dribbles his food...and makes no reply. When you say in a loud voice I do wish youd try! Who seems not to notice...the things that you do. And forever is losing...A sock or a shoe?

    Who, resisting or not...lets you do as you will, With bathing and feeding...The long day to fill? Is that what youre thinking; Is that what you see? Then, open your eyes, nurse...Youre not looking at me.

    Ill tell you who I am...As I sit here so still, As I do at your bidding...As I eat at your will. Im a small child of Ten...with a father and mother, Brothers and sisters...who love one another.

    A young boy of Sixteen...with wings on his feet Dreaming that soon now...a lover hell meet. A groom soon at Twenty...my heart gives a leap. Remembering the vows...that I promised to keep.

    At Twenty-Five, now...I have young of my own. Who need me to guide...A secure happy home. A many of Thirty...my young now grown fast, Bound to each other...with ties that should last.

    At Forty, my young sons...have grown and are gone, But my womans beside me...to see I dont mourn. At Fifty, once more...Babies play round my knee. Again, we know children...My loved one and me.

    Dark days are upon me...My wife is now dead. I look at the future...I shudder with dread. For my young are all rearing...young of their own. And I think of the years...And the love that Ive known.

    Im now an old man...and nature is cruel. Tis jest to make old age...look like a fool. The body, it crumbles...grace and vigor, depart. There is now a stone...where I once had a heart.

    But inside this old carcass...a young guy still dwells. And, now and again...my battered heart swells. I remember the joys...I remember the pain. And, Im loving and living...life over again.

    I think of the years, all too few...gone too fast. And, accept the stark fact...that nothing can last. So, open your eyes, people...open and see. Not a crabby old man. Look closer...see...ME!!

    REMEMBER THIS POEM WHEN YOU NEXT MEET AN OLDER PERSON WHO YOU MIGHT BRUSH ASIDE WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE YOUNG SOUL WITHIN...WE WILL ALL, ONE DAY, BE THERE, TOO!

  • HOW CAN YOU HELP?

    UPCOMING SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TRIP

    1) First, and foremost,

    PRAY!

    2) DONATE:

    A) Recycle used cell phones or ink car-tridges with SILVER CORD MINISTRIES. B) Purchase sermon tapes or CDs for

    Seniors.

    You can either drop them off in a Bag, labeled SCM, at 15363 Trillium Circle; Eden Prairie, MN, or call to

    arrange a pick-up time.

    C) Tax-deductible Financial Gifts can be

    given. See back page.

    3) Please pass this newsletter on to any-one you think might be interested in hearing

    NEEDED:

    1) A personal relation-

    ship with Jesus Christ.

    2) A willing heart.

    3) Some with knowledge of

    computers.

    4) Some with Bible

    knowledge.

    5) Some with expertise in ministering to Seniors and able to train others in this

    area.

    6) Some creative people for our Senior

    Days.

    7) ALL WITH THE DESIRE TO SHARE

    THE GOSPEL AND

    SILVER CORD MINISTRIES IS SPONSORING A SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TRIP

    TO KENYA! Have you ever had a desire to take Gods Word to the lost and forgotten in another country? Here is your

    chance!

    August, 2009 we are taking a group to Webuye, Kenya to visit and partner in ministry with Pastor

    Samuel Wafula.

    We are planning a 10-14 day trip. This will involve ministering to Elderly in a couple of group settings, for a couple of All-Day Gatherings. This will involve going to individual homes where the Elderly are living, to minister to and encourage them. This will involve Training, Teaching, and Fellowship times with Pastor Samuel and his

    fellow-workers.

    The dates in August are yet to be

    determined.

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    CHRISTS LOVE WITH THOSE WHO ARE LONELY AND IN NEED

    OF THE SAVIOR!

    INFORMATION

    MEETING:

    Saturday, December

    6th, 3 p.m.

    Location TBD

    RSVP REQUIRED ChaplainJudyM@aol.com

    or call 612-532-0308

    Volume 1, Issue 6

    4) JOIN OUR E-MAIL PRAYER TEAM! This Newsletter will now be sent out once a quarter. Our E-MAIL PRAYER TEAM letter will be sent out once a month. (There might be times that a time-sensitive E-Mail might be sent, also.) If you would like to join our E-MAIL PRAYER TEAM, please send us an E-Mail to let us know. ChaplainJudyM@aol.com 5) Consider Volunteering! Call or E-Mail for specifics. (612-532-0308) THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE TO OUR FUNDRAISER! We added new partners to our monthly donors, we have new inquiries regarding volunteering, we received about $1300 in one-time gifts, and many new people heard about what God is doing through this ministry!

  • SILVER CORD MINISTRIES exists to care for the spiritual needs of Homebound Seniors, to train others in the ministry to Homebound Seniors, and to create and send teams to aid ministries in other countries to care for the spiritual needs of their own Homebound

    Seniors.

    SERVICES AVAILABLE: Visiting with Homebound Seniors; Visiting Hospitalized Seniors; Anoint the Sick with Oil; Offer Holy Commun-ion; Offer Senior-Specific Spiritual Resources; Offer End-of-Life Deci-sion Counseling; Counsel/Encourage Families and Caregivers; Con-duct Bible Studies; Officiate Worship Services in Senior Facilities; Offi-ciate Funerals; Speak on the Importance of this Ministry to your

    Church Group or other Small Group.

    SILVER CORD

    MINISTRIES

    SILVER CORD MINISTRIES 15363 Trillium Circle

    Eden Prairie, MN 55344-1884

    Phone: 612-532-0308 Fax: 800-417-0934

    E-mail: ChaplainJudyM@aol.com

    Serving the Spiritual Needs of the

    Senior Adult Community

    Were on the web!

    silvercordministries.com

    SILVER CORD MINISTRIES

    SILVER CORD MINISTRIES WISHES ALL AMERICANS A VERY HAPPY

    THANKSGIVING!

    MAY THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST BLESS YOU

    ALL, THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON!

    SILVER CORD MINISTRIES WOULD BE REMISS IF WE DID NOT EXTEND A SINCERE THANK YOU AND WELCOME HOME FROM IRAQ TO SPECIALIST RYAN MARKS! Ryan is the son of Executive Director, Judy Marks, and Board Chair, Tim Marks. May we all remember the sacrifice our soldiers (past and present) have made, so we can enjoy the

    freedoms we now have!

    TO GIVE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION

    Name_____________________________________________

    Address___________________________________________

    E-Mail____________________________________________

    Make Checks Payable to: Silver Cord Ministries, 15363 Trillium

    Circle, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

    You may, also, donate SECURELY on our website:

    www.silvercordministries.com.