To help financially during this time of great need, please forward your offering to Tom's sister:
Darla Wexttsen, 16738 N. Tolle Lane, Mount Vernon, IL 62864
checks may be made payable to "Grace Community Church"

There is also a deposit account set up at US Bank to help defray Deb's uncovered medical expenses.
Visit any US Bank branch office to make a deposit in cash or by check for "Deborah A. Smith Memorial Fund".
Please be sure to mention Charity Paddock or Nellie Haverkos to be sure the gift is properly deposited.

If you use this link to join, then go shopping there, as much as 26% of your purchases will help the family.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Loving Deb Smith in the Breaking of Bread in Cincinnati

Blessed Dear Ones!

Following the Celebration of the Resurrection for Deb Smith in Cincinnati on Sunday, October 21, 2007 (Details on the Celebration of the Resurrection) there will be a meal and fellowship for friends and family. All are welcome.

Here are the details:

Breaking Bread in Celebration of the Resurrection

Spaghetti dinner, with garlic bread and salad
(Prepared by brothers and sisters from the Vineyard Community Church)

Vineyard Community Church (Atrium)
11340 Century Circle E.
Cincinnati, OH 45246

October 21, 2007 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Please consider preparing a refrigeration free dessert to share

-- something that works on a napkin, like cookies, brownies, lemon squares, cupcakes, etc.

Suggested donation: $7.50 per person to help cover the cost of the dinner food.

Luke 24
It was very early in the morning on the first day of the week. The women took the spices they had prepared. Then they went to the tomb.

They found the stone rolled away from it. When they entered the tomb, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. They were wondering about this.

Suddenly two men in clothes as bright as lightning stood beside them. The women were terrified. They bowed down with their faces to the ground. Then the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? Jesus is not here! He has risen! Remember how he told you he would rise. It was while he was still with you in Galilee. He said, 'The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful people. He must be nailed to a cross. On the third day he will rise from the dead.' "

Then the women remembered Jesus' words.

They came back from the tomb. They told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them were the ones who told the apostles. But the apostles did not believe the women. Their words didn't make any sense to them.

But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. He bent over and saw the strips of linen lying by themselves. Then he went away, wondering what had happened.

That same day two of Jesus' followers were going to a village called Emmaus. It was about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked about those things, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

Jesus asked them, "What are you talking about as you walk along?"

They stood still, and their faces were sad. One of them was named Cleopas. He said to Jesus, "You must be a visitor to Jerusalem. If you lived there, you would know the things that have happened there in the last few days."

"What things?" Jesus asked.

"About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet. He was powerful in what he said and did in the eyes of God and all of the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed Jesus over to be sentenced to death. They nailed him to a cross. But we had hoped that he was the one who was going to set Israel free. Also, it is the third day since all this happened.

"Some of our women amazed us too. Early this morning they went to the tomb. But they didn't find his body. So they came and told us what they had seen. They saw angels, who said Jesus was alive. Then some of our friends went to the tomb. They saw it was empty, just as the women had said. They didn't see Jesus' body there."

Jesus said to them, "How foolish you are! How long it takes you to believe all that the prophets said! Didn't the Christ have to suffer these things and then receive his glory?"

Jesus explained to them what was said about himself in all the Scriptures. He began with Moses and all the Prophets.

The two men approached the village where they were going. Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But they tried hard to keep him from leaving. They said, "Stay with us. It is nearly evening. The day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them.

He joined them at the table. Then he took bread and gave thanks. He broke it and began to give it to them. Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. But then he disappeared from their sight.

They said to each other, "He talked with us on the road. He opened the Scriptures to us. Weren't our hearts burning inside us during that time?"

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them. They were all gathered together. They were saying, "It's true! The Lord has risen! He has appeared to Simon!"

Then the two of them told what had happened to them on the way. They told how they had recognized Jesus when he broke the bread.

(Thank you to Elizabeth Patten for the photographs in this post)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear, dear Smith family,

Thank you so much for allowing us to share with you in your celebration of Deb's life. Deb was such a giving person, and she continues to give even now! In the process of coming together with the saints to celebrate her life, I feel like I've been given my family back. I have missed the kind of fellowship we all had so much. I wandered into a Christian Student Fellowship meeting in 1973 as a lost kid who was raised in the church and went astray. The love of God I saw demonstrated in the people who attended those worship meetings in Sander Hall was so great that I wanted that love with all my heart. Tom, you and Deb and the others were used mightily by God to lay a foundation for me that continues to call me back every time I start to stray. What I know for sure is that the world has nothing to offer that is as good as what we've all had together with God. I am so blessed to have been part of CSF, part of the House of the Carpenter, and part of your lives and the lives of the people I've been blessed to know from that time. My faith has been refreshed by this day...and I needed it. Thanks. Cheri Eresman