JEFFREY SWAINSTON, CHAPLAIN
P.O. Box 77
Manton, MI 49663​
(616) 405-6921
revjeff82@gmail.com

MARCH/APRIL 2020 GRANGE NEWS

During the last two weeks of January, I was invited to participate in the Point-In-Time (PIT) count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in Wexford County, particularly in the Manton area. This is a nationwide annual event, the goal of which is trying to determine how many homeless people we have living in local communities. The supervising agency in my area is NMCAA (Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency) and a part of that is NMCEH (Northern Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness). After a day of training, several teams of volunteers were unleashed in their assigned communities, not only looking for homeless individuals, but visiting local businesses and organizations to raise awareness to the issue of homelessness in the local area. There are many county, state, and federal resources available to assist these persons if they are considered truly homeless by HUD’s definition. If you have experienced any connection with homeless individuals, please contact me or the agency in your specific county and help connect them to the assistance that is available.

Blessings to each of you!

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 GRANGE NEWS

Six Little Stories with Lots of Meaning

1. Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one little boy brought an umbrella. That is faith!

​2. When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That is trust!

​3. Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but we still set alarms to wake us up. That is hope!

​4. We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That is confidence!

​5. We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. That is love!

​6. On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence, ‘I’m not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience. That is attitude!

​Have a happy day and live your life like these six stories. Remember, good friends are the rare jewels of life, difficult to find and impossible to replace.

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