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; Specialist Kelsey Lawlor - Grandsons and granddaughter 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.
  4. Eric Brizzie - Colorado National Guard Reserve - son of Betty Madison
  5. Shawn Hickey - SFC - U.S. Army - son of Melanie Hickey - Fort Lee, VA

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

Betty Britt

Marion Brown

Vinnie Coonradt

Glenn Hayner

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