Military Outreach

Package for Military Serving

(December 2017)


Thanks to all who supported our military outreach by sending packages to our five servicemen who are serving, currently all five in the states.

  1. Connor A. Lawlor, AB – currently stationed in Mississippi and Sgt. Caleb T. Lawlor – currently stationed in California – Air Force. Grandsons of Al and Vinnie Coonradt;
  2. Bryce Hayner – Marines - Graduated in June and currently stationed in California. Grand nephew of Beryl Krogh.
  3. Cpt. Richard Kubu, U.S. Army – currently stationed in Ft. Irwin, California; Cpt. Justin Kubu, U.S. Army – currently stationed in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Nephews of Marion Brown.

Including in the packages were cards from the Sunday School, cards from the congregation, snacks (peanuts, cookies, beef sticks, etc.) some candy, a picture of the church altar decorated for Christmas.  Monetary donations of $145 was also donated, which was used to help with shipping, and a $20 gift card for each. I also included a bookmark-like piece with a candy cane attached.  On the bookmark was printed a poem about the candy cane:


“The Christmas Candy Cane” 

 I love a Christmas Candy Cane,             

  With stripes of red and white;

   It reminds me about Jesus,

Who was born that holy night.


It’s shaped much like a shepherd’s staff,

   And shepherds were first to see

That Child who soon would call Himself

   Good Shepherd of you and me.


And if you turn that cane around

   It looks just like a J,

For Jesus’ precious name if stands,

   He’s the truth, the life, the way.


The stripes are red, for His great love

   That held Him to a cross;

The white means I’m now clean like snow,

   God’s pure Lamb has paid the cost.


A candy cane not soft, but hard

   Like the Rock that Jesus is;

It’s sweet, just like this joy I know;

   He is mine and I am his.

  -Beth Stuckwisch

They also received a pocket gem with one of these bible verses:

 -“Remember I am with you always – Matthew 28:20

 -“He will give his angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways. – Psalm 91:11

 -“Stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong – 1 Corinthians 16:13

ALSO, they received the "Anti-depressant kit.": A penny so you will never have to say “I’m broke,” an eraser so you can make all the mistakes disappear, a marble in case someone says, “You’ve lost all your marbles,” a rubber band to stretch yourself beyond your limits, a string to tie things together when everything falls apart, and a hug and a kiss to remind you that someone, somewhere cares about you (two Hershey hugs and kisses candies).




Blessings to all for your support as Gilead reaches out to our community and our congregation.


Gilead’s Caring Connections:

Eleanor Bode – Chair

Sue Alderman

Betty Britt

Marion Brown

Glenn Hayner

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