January 26, 2013

Psalm 19
Nehemiah 5:1-13
Luke 2:39-52

Greeting card companies encourage us to send the very best. While the Blessing in Blocks program from the UCC’s Illinois South Conference (ISC) doesn’t use greeting cards, 393 people from the ISC did send blessing cards along with participating volunteers who visited Tosagua, Ecuador.  The 393 people were unable to make the mission trip, but were there in spirit via these blessing cards that are placed inside the cavities of building blocks used to construct homes in Tosagua. Pastor Sonja Ingebritsen of Church of the Good Shepherd in Carbondale, IL said, “The mother of this family [whose home was being built] was very touched that so many people in the US wanted a message that they had written placed inside her walls for as long as the house will stand.”  Bricks, mortar and blessings are the foundation for building homes and ties of friendship.

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