Bi-Monthly Newsletter for Lebanon County Christian Ministries Volume XXVII, No. 1, January 2009
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be
warmed and filled,” but you do not give him the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Executive Board
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have
works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
James 2:14 -18
Rev. Steve Frykholm
Down, but NOT Out! Robert Fortna
“John” is native to Central Pennsylvania. Upon graduating high school, he immediately David Funk
signed up to serve in the army to distance himself from an abusive father. Following his service, he
moved to Florida with no intention of returning to Central PA. “John” made a good life for him- Ann Charles
self. He worked his way up in the restaurant business while he attended school part-time. Finally Patrick Freer
he was offered an excellent position as the manager of an upscale restaurant. In July, 2007, he ex- Kandice Giurintano
perienced the joy of fatherhood with the birth of his daughter and things were running smoothly; David Henise
until he received a phone call from his employer to come in for a meeting. Lu Layser
He was informed that the restaurant would be closing and just like that he was unem- Richard Newmaster
ployed. He spent two months in Florida looking for a job, willing to take whatever he could get. Randy Tice
With only unemployment to support a family of three, “John” and his family eventually lost their Annetta Wells
home and left Florida. Walter Zehring
Their first stop was in Ohio to stay with family. But, eventually, they needed to move out.
Familiar with the area, “John” moved his family to Hershey where his fiancé was able to find a job.
Their landlord kept no record of their cash payments and after many faithful payments, served LCCM Staff
them with a bill for over $1,000. Left with no other option, “John” moved his family home with his Troy Williams
parents. “John’s” father was still drinking and abusing his mother; and upon challenging his father, it Executive Director
landed his family on the street. Henry Welker
“John” found a place for his fiancé and daughter to stay while he slept in the car. It was in Warehouse Manager
this dark, bitter cold car that “John” truly met God for the first time. “John” said, “I always had
God in my life but never had God truly in me,” and that night he started seeking. Client Services Mgr.
Sleeping in his car with no way to bathe, “John” realized that his appearance was becoming
more disgruntled everyday. He was continuously seeking a job but knew he needed to shower and Receptionist
improve his appearance if he was going to get hired. This was when LCCM crossed paths with this
young man. Allowing him to shower and providing him with food, encouraged and refreshed him. Lillybell Diaz-Miranda
Client Services Asst.
With few possessions, but much to celebrate, “John” did not spend Christmas in his car. LCCM
was able to set him up in a room and he celebrated the simple, spirit of Christmas with his family. Jeff Falk
“John’s” situation hasn’t changed much since he first arrived, but his spirit has. He prays Client Services Asst.
daily for guidance and continues to look for a job. Challenges continue to fall in his path as his car Angela Santiago-Rios
is in need of repairs and his fiancé has been in and out of the hospital with serious health problems. Admin. Assistant
But his newfound joy cannot be extinguished. “John” shared that he now wakes up excited for
what the day holds. He is certain that they will overcome and looks forward to the day he can
come and share his “fairytale ending” with us. We pray all the best for “John” and his young family.
Page 2 LCCM Ministries’ Moments
Donations, Donations, Donations!
Food donations from churches and individuals in the months of
November and December totaled 41,891 pounds. Many thanks
to all who donated. Without your support, LCCM would not be
able to accomplish its mission.
Northern Lebanon High School’s FFA conducted a The Wal-Mart Foundation donated $1,000
fundraiser in the month of November. The whole to be used to purchase food for the food
school participated and raised $670 in cash and an bank. With this donation, LCCM received
astonishing 1,016 pounds of food to the food bank. 1,028 pounds of food as well as a supply of
men’s hats and gloves.
Employees of Plain and Fancy kitchen bought
and donated 63 blankets to the clothing bank.
Cornwall Lebanon Middle school donated
1,578 pounds of food to the food bank in
the month of December.
The Annual Scouting For Food Drive was again
a great success this year. Over 37,000 pounds
of food was collected for LCCM. Thanks to all
the Boy and Cub Scouts and parents and truck
volunteers for their hard work!
The Northern Lebanon Lions Club collected
Richard Carroll Sr. presents a check 3,638 pounds of food for LCCM.
to Troy Williams, LCCM Executive
Director. The donation was made as
a bequest in memory of Mr. Carroll’s
son, Richard Carroll Jr. who passed Monroe Muffler held a “You Give, We Give”
away in December. The funds will be fundraiser. By giving $1.00 towards service for every
used to purchase food for LCCM’s can their customers donated, they were able to
Food Bank and its Free Noon Meal. collect 61 pounds of food for the food bank.
Join the fight against hunger through the
Souper Bowl of Caring
Founded in 1990, the Souper Bowl of Caring is a national event that takes place on or near Super Bowl week-
end. Schools and churches are encouraged to join the fight against hunger by collecting money and/or food for a local
agency of their choosing; which means you can donate directly to LCCM!
If you want to sign up, or need more information, visit the website www.souperbowl.org.
A Message from the Executive Director
1. “Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, 2. “Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Sun, moon and starts in their courses above,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; Join with all nature in manifold witness,
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.” To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
3. “Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, 4. “Great is Thy Faithfulness! Great is Thy Faithfulness!
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Morning by morning new mercies I see.
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Blessing all mine, with ten thousand beside! Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto thee.”
I apologize to the “young folk” who may not recognize the above lyrics; but this was the song that came to my
mind upon realizing the strong financial finish LCCM experienced in 2008. “Great is Thy Faithfulness” was written by
Thomas Chisholm sometime in the 1940’s. Chisholm did not write this hymn because something great and miraculous
had taken place in his life. He wrote this because over his entire life he had learned to see the greatness of God.
I’m sure we can all reflect on our respective lives and count the many blessings that God bestowed upon us.
Reflecting upon my own life I can see the many times God has proven to me His greatness; and yet it is still hard to
fathom. I think about the journey I’ve been on now for thirty-six years (I know, I’m just a kid). I think of the wrong
decisions I’ve made and how I still find myself paying for some of those mistakes. But I also see how God has used
those mistakes and brought about something positive. I also see the miracle he performed in allowing me to live when,
by all accounts, I should have died in that 1991, Thanksgiving morning car accident. “Through it all, I’ve learned to
trust in Jesus...through it all, I’ve learned to depend upon His word.”
During my tenure with LCCM the past four years, I have witnessed the greatness of God as it relates to Leba-
non County Christian Ministries. Time and time again, He has proved to me that He is the I Am. As 2008 began, we
were facing a $32,000 deficit. As you can see in the chart below, $198,244.11 was contributed by the community (this
does not include income from other sources, i.e., government funds, grants, fundraising, etc.), enabling LCCM to meet
its budget for 2008! God is Great and He is Faithful. Thank you for allowing God to use you to help LCCM in 2008.
I don’t know if I will ever fully understand the greatness of God. But I do know that I have caught a glimpse of
His greatness here on earth and I look forward to witnessing more of His greatness. And I know that I have a promise
(as we all do) to experience His greatness for an eternity with Him. God Bless.
TROY E. WILLIAMS
LCCM Executive Director
You may 200,000.00 198,244.11
Need to Balance Budget Total Funds Received from General
Community for 2008
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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009: OPEN HOUSE LCCM is a member of Community Lebanon Association,
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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009: ANNUAL GOLF OUTING and Lebanon Leave A Legacy.
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