March 6, 2019
Dear Members and Friends of
First Reformed Church of Bethlehem:
As the season of Lent begins, it is time for us to turn inward and reflect on the great sacrifice that Jesus made so that we could have eternal life. It is a sorrowful time of soul searching, prayer, and repentance. For some, it is a period of fasting. While it may seem like 40 longs days for us, we know it will end with the great celebration of Easter.
One of the questions we could ask ourselves during Lent is, “Am I gladly sharing what I have with others, especially the stranger and the poor?” Isaiah 58:6-7 says: “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen? … to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter; when you see the naked to clothe them.”
With this in mind, the deacons have chosen “Street Soldiers” as the organization to receive our Lenten Special Offering. Three years ago, Selkirk residents Renee and Mike Fahey began Street Soldiers on a Friday night by setting up a table with food and hot soup in the city of Albany. They have been there every Friday night since then and have expanded by distributing warm meals, clothing, and hygiene products to countless local homeless and people in need.
Here is a worthy cause we can contribute to and know the people we are helping are in our own community. It is a small way for us to show kindness and sacrifice to the least of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Please use the enclosed envelope to make your donation.
Thank you to all.
On Behalf of the Deacons,