Friday, February 13, 2009

2009 Food Storage Theme

Our 2009 Theme for Food Storage is "Today While the Sun Shines".

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Visiting Teaching

Visiting Teaching
The purpose of visiting teaching is to "build caring relationships" and "offer support, comfort, and friendship." (See Relief Society Handbook, p. 194) Our theme for 2009 is taken from Mos. 2:17 and emphasizes service. A new year usually motivates us to set goals/make resolutions. These three come into alignment at this time and provide a unique opportunity for each of us as visiting teachers. Let us make a goal this year of building caring relationships with the sisters we visit teach by doing our visiting teaching in the spirit of love and service. By looking at our visiting teaching from this perspective, it becomes less of "something we have to do" and more of "something we get to do."

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Spring Into Service - Spring Enrichment Meeting

Stake Spring Enrichment
Saturday March 7th 9am-1pm
Lunch will be served
RSVP to your RS President

Here's some information about the organizations we'll be serving.

The Oxford Community Choice Pantry serves the NW part of our Stake. It is a "choice" pantry which means that the clients pick their own items off the shelves with the help of a pantry worker. High need items include: Cereal, spaghetti noodles (or any other type of pasta), macaroni, grains, canned tuna fish, toilet paper, personal care items, peanut butter and canned beans. We're asking that everyone who can bring 1 or 2 items for the pantry.

Project Linus is a national volunteer organization who's mission it is to "provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer 'blanketeers.'" We'll be making tied quilts and fleece blankets.

The Veteran's Hospital in Cincinnati takes care of those who served our country. We're making hanging 'Thank You' tiles with vinyl lettering for these men and women as a show of support for the service that they have rendered on our behalf.

The Thank You Foundation's mission "is to show appreciation and express gratitude for members of the U.S. Military both past and present." We'll be making cards and writing messages of appreciation to local families who have a family member serving overseas.

The Drake Center is a 314 bed facility that provides physical and medical rehab for a variety of patients. They offer short term outpatient as well as long term inpatient services. We're making dinner tray favors to brighten their day.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Presidency Message

Presidency Message

A new year is upon us which gives us a chance to reflect on our goals and plans for the future while we look to the past year and its successes. This year we've chosen our theme to come from King Benjamin's great sermon "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:17). Service can be rendered in many small and large ways. This spring we'll gather together in our Stake Enrichment Meeting to serve our community. But throughout the year opportunities to serve abound. The October 2008 Ensign (page 24) shares a variety of ways members have found to serve those around them. Many are small and simple acts of service, yet their reward is great. Let's be an example in our communities this year as we continue our efforts to do as the Savior and serve our fellowmen.