By Karen Statham
I was in prison and you came to visit me…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. Matthew 25:36, 40
We are called to do God’s work wherever there is a need. God seeks to set prisoners free, not always from their physical prison, but certainly from their imprisonment by sin, ignorance, rebellion and foolish choices. As this is an important part of God’s work, it is also an important part of the work we do at First Lutheran and have since 2008.
The men who currently attend the Prison Ministry offering, participate in the 8:15 am worship service, share a meal provided by members of the congregation and Christian fellowship. The opportunity to participate in worship, fellowship, prayer and learning discussions is the basis of what this ministry strives to offer. To enjoy a home cooked meal is an extra that is not lost on the “guys”. The men speak freely of the genuine care and concern shared by members of the congregation each and every Sunday and occurs from the moment they arrive to their leaving.
The following note was written as a collaborative effort from those men as a thank you to the congregation, not just for the food, but for the opportunity to a part of a church family:
On behalf of the men at CCCL, we would like to thank you for your generosity, kindness and everything you do for us, whether it be a meal, a bike or a friendly conversation. You are always there like a light in the darkness. We are all truly blessed by God for the opportunity to worship at First Lutheran and for our brothers and sisters in Christ we see every Sunday and stay in our hearts until the next worship, continuing on in a wonderful cycle from God. Thank you and God bless.
(You can support this important ministry by bringing food for Sunday breakfast. Please sign up online.)