From the Pastor
Jesus did his loving work,
teaching us to love one another and then dying of the cross to forgive our
Then Jesus arose from the
dead and gave us the Holy Spirit. So, how do we follow Jesus through the Spirit
of God? Come every Sunday to find out!
About the Coming
“Following Jesus as One “
of all Jesus wants us to be unified in God’s love. John 17:1-11
“Following Jesus through the Holy Spirit“
Sunday, June 8,
promised, Jesus gives us another comforter, the Holy Spirit . John 20:19-23
“ - Father’s Day!
Trinity Sunday, June 15,2014 Jesus gives us our orders, to spread the Good News
of God’s love for humanity, and to make
Finding our Life “ - Choir Recognition
to really live? Follow Jesus’ loving
plan for you! Matthew 10:24-39
“Following Jesus by
Welcoming!“ -Prayers for Healing
others is like welcoming Jesus! Matthew
Get on the Bus Report
from Pastor Bunnell
Day” looked like a Coca Cola commercial. Everyone was laughing, talking, eating
pizza, and drinking ice cold colas. The visiting room was decorated as an
aquarium with porpoise, sea shell, and octopus murals. Family photos were
snapped against a beach backdrop. No one was talking on cell phones (they
weren’t allowed past the electronic check points) and no one was pouting,
frowning, or acting-out.
“Mother’s Day” is when children visit their
mothers at the California Institute for Women in Chino. It is coordinated by
“Get on the Bus,” whose volunteers, staff and donors provide buses, snacks and
even a small blanket for the children to snuggle.
On the bus
ride a six year old asked me if I knew him.
I admitted I did not, and so with a big smile he told me his name. Not long after he asked me if I knew his last
I also talked with a grandmother who
accompanied her eight-year old grand-daughter. The little girl was solemn and
stared at me. I would smile and ask questions, but she said very little.
family group included Alex, his two younger brothers and James, who was
five. Alex was tall, thin and awkward
with a sweet smile. He told me his
classes were always being interrupted by kids who didn’t want to learn, and how
he would soon be taking advance placement courses for college.
got his teddy bear (A much-appreciated parting gift from “Get on the Bus,”) he
told me this would be his fourth. I took
a chance and asked when his mother would get out. “I don’t know,” he quietly
waiting the children finally meet their mothers in the aquarium room. It is
like Christmas morning, and to be a family is everyone’s Christmas wish. Some
played board games or just chatted; others waited their turn for family photos
for the walls of their mother’s cells.
volunteer coordinator asked if this was my first trip and why I was involved. I
told her about Matthew 25:36, “I was in prison and you came to me.” She told me
she had served time and that family visits had saved her life.
What I had
feared most about “Mother’s Day,” was the ending. All the mothers put on a
brave face, and almost all the children said their goodbyes without tears. However, as the children and volunteers
boarded their buses, the mothers began to return to their prison routine. They
waited in a line, and they all looked like Rachel,
who refused to be comforted.
Fresh News from Lutheran Social Services May 21,2014
At 2:00 A.M. on Tuesday
May 20th, a passerby reported a fire in the South-facing roof of the
Lutheran Social Services Offices. Within minutes the fire department arrived
and put out the fire that began in an exterior light. In another five minutes
the fire would have left the building a total loss.
Still, the damage, and
particularly the smoke damage, was extensive.
It will be months before the offices will again be “up and running.”
The food pantry and
clothing closet is closed and cannot take donations.
Tuesday, May 27 the offices will be open to
provide some services involving paperwork.
There are no phones, but you can email the office at FKilner@lsssc.org.
On Thursday, May 22, a
group of volunteers including OUR OWN
PAT TOMLINSON, Randy Miller, Warren Greenberg, Duffy and Lynn Walton,
Barbara Lynch, Marsha Steil, and others; moved mountains of records, computers,
and supplies into storage. Thank God for their efforts!
More information will be
coming as it is gathered. We thank God no one was hurt.