Nov 1, 2006

Vail Vision November 1, 2006

Time to Vote!

This Tuesday, November 7, we get to exercise our right as American citizens to vote. Turnout for midterm elections are typically much lower than for those years when we vote for the President. It is rare for more than 40% of registered voters to turn up and vote. That makes polling data unpredictable in mid-term. It all comes down to who shows up on Election Day. A motivated minority will do much better than an unmotivated majority.

But voting isn't simply a civic duty. It is also our Christian duty. It is through the voting process that Christians can bring about laws that are pleasing to God. We should be educated and vote as God's Word and the Holy Spirit lead us.

Christianity is not isolated to one political party. You can be a Christian and also be a Democrat, Independent or Republican. Trust me, all political parties need your input! What you cannot do is simply throw your hands into the air and say that politics is "too messy to get involved". Jesus said to render to Caesar that which is Caesar's. In America, we render to Caesar our vote. (The American Caesars also wants your money, but that is a different topic altogether).

Because of our system, the political party in power typically gets to set all the rules. They guide the legislation, chair the committees, and bring legislation to vote. That is why there is so much talk about which political party will have the majority next week. The majority party gets to set the agenda.

The American government system is good, but it is not perfect. Voting has winners and losers. The losers don't have any say at all. That is why politics gets ugly sometimes.

Pray for our leaders. Pray for our country. Pray for wisdom. And may God guide you as you consider the candidates and the issues.

Blessings,

David Hook

 

NEWS FROM LWiM (Lutheran Women in Mission LWML)
Oh! The things that LWiM (LWML) of Christ Lutheran Vail has done and continues to do! With the help of Our Lord Jesus we are having a very successful "Let's Eat Out" project to raise funds for building our society and for doing His work in the Mission field locally and state wide. THRIVENT will be matching the funds up to $200.00 for our "Let's Eat Out" Dinners. Through the Mite boxes we are able to help with national and world wide missionary projects. Thanks be to the Holy Spirit who has moved many to participate in the opportunities of Mission Work through the LWiM.

 

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP/CANCER SURVIVORS GROUP
The LWiM of Christ Lutheran Vail has a CANCER SUPPORT GROUP/ CANCER SURVIVORS GROUP!! The first meeting will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday November 16, 2006, at the AMERICAN LEGION POST #109, 15921 S. Houghton Rd, Corona de Tucson. We will meet in a SMOKE FREE ROOM. At this meeting we will get acquainted, discuss what each attendee would like to get from the group, plan for future meetings and activities, locations, times, days, how often, etc. Tell relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers and any others who may be interested in being a part of one of the groups. For more information call Gen Yocum 762-9440.

 

STAMPERS
Jill Raines' STAMPERS will be making greeting cards to be sold at Fountain of Life Bazaar November 4-5. We need people to help sell this Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 3 P.M.and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to noon.

 

GIFTS FROM the HEART
Susan Schaefer has announced that the November Gifts will be a food collection and an opportunity to give the gift of time to the Gospel Rescue Mission in Tucson. See Sign Up sheet on the LWiM Table.

 

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
We are going to have a Children's Christmas Program on Christmas Eve morning. There is going to be a brief meeting after church this Sunday, November 5, for children of all ages who are interested in taking part in this joyous celebration. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Field at 777-3009.