Mission Moment: Promoting Zion’s internal, local, and international missionary efforts

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To those who support me prayerfully, for those who sponsor me, those who sojourn with me in this mission field, and to those who are considering joining us: Advent Greetings in the Name of Him who is to come, and whose first birth we look forward to celebrating, and yet, who is with us this day as He comes to us in His Word and Sacrament. Amen!

It has been a little hectic with Lutheran Council coming to a close just before St. Andrew’s Day. St. Andrew’s Day was observed at the Seminary, as usual, with communion, myself being the preacher and the presiding minister. We are now preparing for examinations and the closing for Christmas break.

We are grateful for the financial gifts we have received which have kept many students at the seminary however, I am a little heartbroken right now. After our most recent visiting professor was here, the Rev’d Professor Naomichi Masaki of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, USA, over half of the students were asked to leave for lack of school fees, or incomplete payment of school fees. There is the possibility that they will not even be allowed to sit for the exams. This is a result of the recent, sudden, drastic cut of support we experienced during the previous year when the Office of International Mission was forced to cut back their support. Some of you were curious about the former rector who died that I mentioned in my last report. He taught part-time at the seminary, then fell sick and didn’t recover. I am now fully in charge of teaching all his courses, making the need for visiting professors a continuous one. In addition, now more than ever, it is also important for us to send indigenous pastors to our LC-MS Seminaries in the U.S. for further training to come back and serve in the field, especially back at the Seminary to train future pastors. "The Harvest is ripe, but the reapers are few."

Prayer Requests:

1) Pray for the seminary and the students, especially those who are yet to pay school fees.

2) Pray for the Lord to touch the hearts of potential visiting professors from Ft. Wayne and all over the synod to come and help with the 4 additional courses I have acquired, over and above my existing courses, beginning with next semester which resumes February 1, 2019.

As we look forward to our Christmas celebration, and you go about your preparations, may the Lord touch your heart to include something for the needy in Africa, especially those at JEM Lutheran Seminary. May the Lord replenish you several-fold this Christmas and always as you prayerfully consider supporting our mission in Afri-ca with a year-end gift. Amen.

Have a blessed Advent season from the Advent King!

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Wokoma
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The Chairman’s Corner

Happy New Year! On Behalf of the Council here's hoping everyone is doing well. Let's hope as the winter turns to spring we are all on our way to a wonderful year here at Zion. I was surprised to be asked to serve as Chairman and I thank you for allowing me this privilege. Over the last three decades we've had some wonderful Chairmen and I'm so very thankful for their work. I will try to do a good job and will need your help as we move forward to support and grow our ministries.

For the next three years, we will return to the format in which we have four Voter's Meetings per cal-endar year, (plus a dedicated Budget Meeting on the last Sunday in June, in which the next Fiscal Year's Budget will be the only order of business). The "Regular" Voter's Meetings will be the last Sunday in the months of January, April, July and October. Hope to see you all at those meetings!

Incoming Congregational President—Paul Klemash

Incoming Congregational President—Paul Klemash

Unity Lutheran Community Mission (Part 2)

WISH LIST
Volunteers to assist children with homework. (3 - 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday)
Special funds to take the children on local field trips.

A Very Special Thank You to All Our Supporters
On behalf of Unity Lutheran Community Mission and our after-school ministry
Thank you/or your prayers!

CHILDREN'S OUTREACH
Monday through Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ages 4 - 16
For more information, please call Rev. Reholma McCants
Unity Lutheran Community Mission 7825 1/2 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Phone: 412-731-281 I

PRAYERS
Pray for the children who attend Unity After School Program, Pray that the Word will work in their lives which are filled with anger, violence, and disorder.

Pray for Pastor McCants as he works diligently to support the children in Homewood and teaches God's Word to them.

Thank the Lord for providing food, homework assistance, and a safe, positive environment for the children to spend time after school

Thank the Lord for generous donors and volunteers who share the love of Christ with the kids through financial, material or social ways.

SUPPORT UNITY LUTHERAN MISSION THROUGH CONCORDIA LUTHERAN MINISTRIES
Make check payable to:
Unity Lutheran Community Mission and mail to:
Concordia Lutheran Ministries Foundation
134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023
(If you prefer, you may make the check payable to Unity Lutheran Community Mission and include on memo CLM Foundation for matching funds)
Make a credit card gift by phone: (724) 352-1571,ext. 8355
Give safely and conveniently online at: http://give.concordialm.org
Any donated amount will be matched by Concordia Lutheran Ministries' Angel Tear Ministries Fund

Thank you for your generosity!

Unity Lutheran Community Mission

If You Care, Please Share
Forty-three years ago, I began working with children as a teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. The area in which I worked was considered one of the most "high-crime" ridden neighborhoods of the country. This urban neighborhood was infamously known as Pruitt Igoe (aka public housing) and was comprised of 33 buildings (11 stories each) set upon 57 acres of land.

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It was there that I noticed that the children in this urban community were being egregiously abused by parents, and some would say left behind by our government. Sadly, even now, 43 years later, the situation has gone from bad to worse because many of our children are hurting mentally, physically, and spiritually. I recently read a report, which really bothered me, stating that in America in 2018, 13 million children go to bed hungry every night. It is unconscionable in this day and age that this is going on but I can attest to it because day after day some of my children in our Outreach Ministry at Unity are going to bed hungry. The question that comes to my mind is this - Do we as people really care about our children? If we do care, then please share.

When Alaska experienced a terrible earthquake a few years ago, the governor's wife reported that many letters of request came to the governor's mansion inquiring about the safety and whereabouts of friends and family. But only one letter received deeply touched her heart. It was from a 10-year-old boy in the Midwest who enclosed two nickels and a note saying "If you need more than this, please let me know".

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The young man was ready to share because he cared and this very attitude hits right in the heart of Christian stewardship. It is because of a caring love that we are willing to share what we have. We really care about spreading the Gospel, so we share. We really care about human need, so we share. We really care about young people, so we share. We really care about ministries in our community, so we share. We really care about our church, so we share.

God cares for us. He cares so much that Jesus died on the cross for us and He continues to care for us day after day. Our response to His love should be our love. And we express our Christian love by caring for others. So, if you really care - really, really care, then please share. We are inviting you to join us and share by making a donation to Unity Lutheran Church.

Rev. Reholma McCants

Readings and Sermon: Sunday January 13, 2019

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View the Bulletin for Sunday January 13, 2019
Service Times: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Bible Study and Sunday School: 9:20 a.m.

Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 43:1-7
Epistle – Romans 6:1-11

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the third chapter
As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”