Book Pick of the Month for December 2013:
Chosen by Dr. Jim Miller, Co-Pastor
An Invisible Thread
The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive,
and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
By Laura Schroff & Alex Tresniowski
Reviewed by Joan Tedrow
Laura Schroff “was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. Maurice was an eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked her for spare change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her tracks, and she went back. And she continued to go back again and again. They met up nearly every week for years and built an unexpected life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades."
Every day in the newspaper or on television, we hear about another child lost, abused or killed by an adult whose responsibility is to raise and care for that child. Who are these children who live in a constant state of chaos and confusion caused by ignorance, alcohol or drugs? How can we help?
Our Pastors invite the children up front for a talk every week. Our Deacons invite us to Adopt a Child at Emerson and for every child, a tote bag is prepared especially for them and handed out during a festive Christmas Party hosted by our members. Other programs such as the children’s choirs, AWANA and our dedicated Sunday School teachers are all here for our children.
Although every one can not be involved as deeply as Laura Schroff, we thank God for her story of love and dedication to Maurice, who was one of those children.
“Let the children come to me and do not stop them! for the Kingdom of God is for
those who are like these children.” Matthew 19: 14 (NLT)