Bulletin Insert – May 13, 2018

For Such a Time as This: Veteran Programs

The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America continue our united call to Pray, Fast, and Act in support of good policies and programs that provide opportunities for and respect the dignity of all people. This month we focus on programs that assist veterans and their family members. New investments and policies in recent years have helped expand veteran access to education, labor opportunities, healthcare, and housing. Still, too many veterans, active service members and their families still struggle with complex challenges—ranging from barriers to benefits to increased mental health risks. We must continue to support those of us who risk everything for the safety and wellbeing of our communities.

Studies from the Department of Veterans Affairs have found that 22 veterans take their lives each day– a rate 21 percent higher when compared to other civilian adults. Some factors, such as the on-going opioid epidemic, have also disproportionately impacted veterans, increasing demand for services among those seeking recovery and contribute to the many challenges impacting families. There is a great need to do more for veterans in our communities. Through chaplains, dioceses, and congregations across the country the Church plays a special role in welcoming returning veterans. Let us take action by asking Congress to protect programs that address the needs and equip veterans as they return from service.

On May 21, join the EPPN, ELCA Advocacy and Presiding Bishops of the Episcopal Church and the ELCA as we #PrayFastAct. 

Pray for those who have answered a vocation of military service and for their families; for the many military chaplains across the world who bear the witness of Christ in word and sacrament; for those who have lost their lives in service of our country and who are moved to harm themselves.

For Memorial Day

We give you thanks, O Lord, for all who have died that we may live, for all who endured pain that we might know joy, for all who made sacrifices that we might have plenty, for all who suffered imprisonment that we might know freedom. Turn our deep feeling now into determination, and our determination into deed, that as men and women died for peace, we may live for peace for the sake of the Prince of Peace, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (based upon a prayer by Leslie D. Weatherhead)

For those who serve

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces [and federal ministries] at home and abroad.  Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Fast in remembrance of the sacrifices men and women in the armed forces make for our common good, and for their families who cope with daily challenges in the absence of their loved ones.

Act by urging our lawmakers to pursue innovative solutions and further address the challenges facing veterans. Prepare to act on May 21 by reading our one-pager on assisting veterans: http://bit.ly/fsatmay

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  1. I would love to introduce a Web Page called Fem-Vets Unlimited, LLC that my sister started to represent the women who come back that are more forgotten as not just veterans but as women of wars of all kinds. My Sister Colleen Shaver served in the Armed Forces of the Air Force Police. She is now disabled and will help ANY Military person with Open Arms.There are resources on this page. Go to http://www.facebook.com/femvetsunlimited. If you need any immediate help I would be glad to help just send either Administrator of the sight and we will give you immediate access to resources for integration back into society from Military Life.” No Man/Woman Left Behind” is our motto. So Please if you know someone please who served. We want to HONOR them. Post a photo of the Service person, their rank and years of service so we can Thank Them for their Sacrifices for our Freedoms. Keep those prayers going for All Military.. Active or Retired… Remember, They helped defend our Rights to Chose. “Dear God we want to ask that you give extra care to our service persons and their families in times of their duties. Whether pressured from everyday work or a more larger fight we want those who serve to protect or rights and freedoms that we think, love and pray for them in Love. May they feel the Ultimate Love Of You God during their trying times, and joys. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, AMEN…Rev. Collette Chambers

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