Wednesday, September 25, 2019

2019 09 25

PT/MC Jail Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, September 24, 2019
     DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- We are pleased to report that the Prayer Table on the front lawn of our Division Street church and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility both went well on this past Monday (Sept. 23) although the attendance was a bit down at both neighborhood ministry sites. But we cannot rate "success" on the basis of attendance; sometimes you have to look a lot deeper than just at how many people came.
     Prayer Table --Eight people arrived early (during Morning Prayer) and were on hand first to receive the free, clean used clothing we put out and also some took the free, non-perishable food that was available. People are not taking all the food we put out and hoarding. They are simply taking what they need for the next day or two and leaving the rest for others who often come along during the week. Four other persons came by after that first wave of neighbors. One was a woman who had just been released from St. Mary's Hospital earlier in the morning. Four of the people who came by got anointing with Holy Oil and prayer. Please join us in praying for PATRICIA, who has a very special prayer need. The Lord knows the details.
     MCCF -- Just as the Prayer Table number was down, likewise not as many inmates came to our services this night. Just 10 men and 6 women came by to hear the word, discuss the readings and receive communion and prayer after the services. Truthfully, the men and women we minister to were a bit more subdued than usual for some reason. They were not as forthcoming as they normally are when it came time to share thoughts on the readings and the psalm. One man did offer this thought on Luke's gospel story about the dishonest manager: "It's kind of a confusing reading, but I think the heart of the message is near the end. Jesus is trying to show us that you can't serve Him and also serve your own desire for earthly goods. It was true back then and it is just as true today." Well spoken, young man!
     The following inmates are requesting your intercessory prayers for themselves and indicated loved ones: Timothy (and Betty and Norma), Jason (and Joline), Erika, Jackie (and Chad and Brittany), Cathy, Addie, Martin, Adrian (and family and all children of God).
     Please continue your prayers supporting these neighborhood ministries. We feel their strength and we see God's presence working in all their lives. God bless you.

PT/MC Jail Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, September 17, 2019
     DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- Back from the Adirondacks vacation and back to serving our neighbors at the weekly Prayer Table on the lawn in front of our church and at the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Here's what happened at each place this Monday, September 16th.
     Prayer Table -- It was a joy to have FIVE people come up for prayer before I even set up the table for free clothing and free food. Please join me in praying for EBONY, PABLO, CONSUELA, MYRA and MARIA. The Lord knows the details. Gave out a lot of clothing this morning and not a whole lot of food, but enough to help some needy folks out the next few days.
     MCCF -- We had 21 inmates attend the four pod services (17 men, 4 women) and it was good to see everyone. Quite a few men and women have been released and two more will be going home today (Tuesday.) But we had a lot of new inmates attend, and they were encouraged to come by some of the inmates who have been at the facility all spring and summer. It is great to see evangelism of the men and women urging new inmates to attend. The discussions of the readings were lively. One older inmate said of Paul's epistle to Timothy, "I can relate to what Paul is saying here that he is grateful for God's mercy after he committed some horrible sins only to turn life around and start serving the Lord. I feel the same way. I'm not the person I once was, and I pray for His strength and mercy to help me stay on the right path when I get out this week." A new inmate asked a strange question. He asked "Is God a black man?" We told him we know God the Father made us in His (the triune God) own image, but I guess we'll have to find out at the Last Day about color." Then we reminded the inmate that Jesus was a Jew. We asked the inmate why he asked such a question. He answered, "I don't know. I've just been hearing a lot about it lately."
     The following inmates asked for you intercessory prayers for themselves and others: James, Jeremy, Jerry, Reynaldo, Ray (for wisdom and protection from evil), Kiandra, Miranda, Dawn, Valerie.
     Please continue your prayer5s for these neighborhood ministries. God bless you all!

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