Give yourself a little rest by REV. HELEN H. COLLINS North Kent Presbyterian Church Most mornings as I get ready to go out, I listen to the national news programs. One of the stories recently included mention of the fact that our President is going on vacation. Some are critical of him for doing that because, of course, we have a lot of national problems; lots of work to be done. One commentator mentioned that the President will still be doing some work, and of course will be available if something drastic happens. My thought was I’m glad he’s taking vacation. The pressures of his job are huge. The responsibilities are incalculable. Democrat, Republican or Independent, everyone needs to rest, renew and refresh to do their best. There is a story told of a wagon train on its way from St. Louis to Oregon. Its members were devout Christians, so the whole group observed the habit of stopping for the Sabbath day. Winter was approaching quickly, however, and some among the group began to panic in fear that they wouldn’t reach their destination before the heavy snows. Consequently, several members proposed to the rest of the group that they should quit their practice of stopping for the Sabbath and continue driving onward seven days a week. This proposal triggered a lot of contention in the community, so finally it was suggested that the wagon train should split into two groups: those who wanted to observe the Sabbath and those who preferred to travel on that day. The proposal was accepted, and both groups set out and traveled together until the next Sabbath day, when one group continued while the other remained at rest. Guess which group got to Oregon first? You’re right. The ones who kept the Sabbath reached their destination first. Both the people and the horses were so rested by their Sabbath observance that they could travel much more vigorously and effectively the other six days of the week. My congregation recently supported me in taking a three-month Sabbatical—a time of refreshment and renewal that allowed me to spend time with family and reflect on our ministry together. For their encouragement and care, I thank and commend them. I returned to work the […]
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Across the country, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts recently joined together for the annual Scouting for Food campaign. In the Rockford area, Boy Scout Troop 282 chartered to North Kent Presbyterian Church, Troop 228 chartered to Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, and Cub Scout Pack 3285 from Crestwood Elementary School collected food items to benefit North Kent Community Services. “The generosity of the Rockford community really shows each year during the Scout food drive,” according to parent Guy McLellan of Troop 282. Two large food collection containers were filled by the local Scouts just in time to meet the increased need for food items during the local schools’ spring break. Scouting for Food began in 1988 as part of the Good Turn for America initiative. Each year collection bags are distributed throughout neighborhoods for families to place items in the bag and leave on their front porch. Scouts then return at a designated time to pick up the donations. These are then redistributed to local food banks to help stock their shelves. Each year over 100,000 items are collected and redistributed throughout the Gerald R. Ford Council area, which services 12 counties in West Michigan. Members of Boy Scout Troops 282 and 228 and Cub Scout Pack 3285 would like to thank everyone who donated items to make this year’s drive another success to help fight hunger in our community.