Gov. DeWine, Lt. Gov. Husted Declare Thanksgiving Day as a Day of Prayer, Gratitude, & Remembrance

Recognizing Ohioans who are taking necessary steps to emerge from this crisis, care for their fellow citizens, and support Ohio’s healthcare workers….

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted issued a proclamation today that declares Thanksgiving Day 2020 as a Day of Prayer, Gratitude, and Remembrance. 

The proclamation recognizes the resilience and determination of Ohioans who are taking necessary steps to emerge from this crisis, care for their fellow citizens, and support Ohio’s healthcare workers. The proclamation also encourages Ohioans to pause and acknowledge those currently suffering from COVID-19 and those who are grieving the deaths of loved ones who have died because of the virus.

Proclamation

UPDATE: Fundraiser for Di Patterson’s Medical Expenses

Unfortunately due to the Governor’s recommendation and the surge of Covid-19, we have decided to CANCEL the benefit for Diana Patterson.

UPDATE (from Ryan Clark):

Unfortunately due to the Governor’s recommendation and the surge of Covid-19, we have decided to CANCEL the benefit for Diana Patterson. If you have purchased tickets to attend and would like a refund, please notify the person that you bought the tickets from.
 
We are still going to host an on-line auction for our donations/baskets. We will post on Facebook and tag multiple people in this post on Saturday, November 14, 2020 starting at 6p.m. We will post pictures and descriptions of the raffle items. Please reply under the comments with your bid. The auction will be up until 8 p.m. and thereafter, we will contact the winners and set up a time for delivery and payment collection. All of the money collected, will be given to Diana Patterson. Please remember there is also a Go-Fund Me Page set-up if you would like to donate.
 
We appreciate everyone’s assistance in this matter and for all the people and businesses that have donated. What a great community that we live in! We are so thankful!
 
Stay safe and God Bless.

 

On July 14th, Diana Patterson had her third back surgery which consisted of two rods and several screws added to her lower back. The surgery lasted 12 hours and she was on her way to a full recovery. However, on July 18th, Diana was found unresponsive at home and was taken by EMS to Blanchard Valley Hospital in critical condition. Diana was then put on a ventilator for five days. The ventilator was removed and Diana spent four additional days in the hospital to be monitored.

Her discharge diagnosis included: Sepsis with Multi-Organ Dysfunction, Bilateral Pneumonia, Acute Respiratory Failure with Hypoxia, Lactic Acidosis, Acute Liver Failure, Acute Kidney Injury, Acute Metabolic Encephalopathy, Electrolyte Imbalance, and Hypokalemia. Diana feels because of a miracle and the power of prayer, she is still here.

Today, Diana is feeling better and getting stronger everyday. She has many appointments and follow up visits with different types of specialist. New medications added to her regimen, hospital bills, and is not able to return to work. This is a very stressful time and situation that Diana is facing. She still has a long road ahead of her. 

Please join us in raising funds for Diana to help alleviate some of her financial burden.

St. Luke’s Congregation Says Farewell on Sunday

Pastor Ralph Mineo retiring…..

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore,

Godspeed & Farewell Sunday, November 8, 2020

Online ONLY Worship @ 10:15 a.m.

“To God Be the Glory”

Worship Leaders: Pastor Ralph & Jo Mineo

Join us for this very special worship service

on this our last Sunday with Pastor Ralph & Jo.

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“Dear God”

A final devotion written by Pastor Ralph Mineo for the readers of theNBXpress….

Have you ever seen the “Dear God” books with prayers written by children? For example:

Dear God: This is my prayer. Could you please give my brother some brains. So far he doesn’t have any. (Angela, 8)

Dear God: I need a raise in my allowance. Could you have one of your angels tell my father. Thank you. (David, 7)

Dear God: Tomorrow is my birthday. Could you please put a rainbow in the sky? (Susan, 9)

I have been a pastor in North Baltimore for almost 32 years. My wife, Jo, and I have come to love the people of North Baltimore. We have been loved and richly blessed. As a pastor in the community, I would like to share with you one more “Dear God” prayer.

Pastor Ralph praying….


“Dear God: always bless the community of North Baltimore with your love, grace, and healing.

“Thank you, Dear God, for those who have worked, and those who continue to work, to make this community a better place. Grant your blessings on every effort to improve the well-being of your children in this place and time.

“Thank you, Dear God, for all the churches working together. Bless the ministry of NBACM and the pastors who continue to serve the church in this community. Guide the churches by your Holy Spirit. Continue to unite the churches of the community in service, fellowship, and cooperation. Strengthen the Food Pantry and every ministry in the community.

“Thank you, Dear God, for the leaders in this community, the Mayor, Village Council, EMS staff, Fire and Police Departments, every organization, group, club, business, our nursing home and assisted living, our Senior Center. May your Spirit generously grant healing and love in this place.

“Thank you, Dear God, for our teachers, students, administrators, school staff, and School Board. Send them all your love and presence, keep them safe and prospering, especially in these pandemic days.

“Thank you, Dear God, for your countless blessings on the ‘The Blind Man Vacation Bible School.’ Continue to grow the seeds that were planted there. Remembering the VBS when the lights went out, and when a tornado threatened, continue to grant your divine light and safety to the children of this community. Guide them and keep them strong in your Son, Jesus, our Savior and Lord.

“Dear God, send your wisdom, your angels, and rainbows into this community, that all the people living here might seek to do your will, in kindness, tolerance, generosity, faith, and love for one another. In the name and Spirit of Jesus. Lord. Savior. Redeemer. Amen.” (Pastor Ralph Mineo)

Editor’s note: Pastor Ralph: Thank you for sharing your devotions with the readers of TheNBXpress over the last several years. It has been a blessing to us and our readers. Happy Retirement. May God bless you and Jo abundantly. You will be missed!

St. Luke’s Lutheran Weekend Worship

Worship in the sanctuary @ 10:15 a.m. or on-line at Noon….

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore,

Worship in the sanctuary @ 10:15 a.m.

Reformation Sunday, October 25, 2020

Pastor Ralph Mineo’s message is based on

Philippians 4:13.

Worshippers are required to wear a mask and

maintain spatial distancing.

Pastor Ralph & Jo will offer an online

worship service at noon at

 www.facebook.com/ralph.j.mineo    

Egg farmers’ donation fights food insecurity

America’s egg farmers donate record-breaking 46 million eggs to food banks….WOW!

(BPT) – Food insecurity in the United States has reached record levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. A projected 54 million Americans may not have enough food to eat at some point in 2020, according to analysis from Feeding America. That’s one in six adults and one in four children facing a lack of reliable access to affordable, nutritious food.

Food pantries and community outreach organizations are experiencing an increase in need and many are struggling to keep ample supplies, especially fresh foods and high-quality protein items. Fortunately, with help from generous egg farmers across the United States, these vital organizations are getting essential support — and you can help, too.

Egg farmers’ donation fights food insecurity

To continue their longstanding donation tradition and respond to the growing need for nourishing food, America’s egg farmers are donating more than 46 million eggs to their local food banks — enough eggs to, when laid end-to-end, stretch the length of more than 27,000 Statues of Liberty. This donation of eggs is providing a source of high-quality protein to families in need nationwide.

“Eggs are a wholesome, versatile food that Americans rely on to feed their families. People can easily cook eggs in their favorite dish, have them for a simple snack, or try a new recipe to create nutritious meals their entire family will enjoy,” says American Egg Board (AEB) President and CEO Emily Metz. “America’s egg farmers hope that their donations help ease worries and fight hunger in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”

Food bank shortages in 2020

Demand for charitable food assistance has increased and is expected to continue to increase for the foreseeable future, with an estimated $1.4 billion in additional resources needed over the next six months.

Protein and fresh food items are often in the highest demand at food shelves. Eggs, as a familiar, versatile source of high-quality protein, are in especially high demand. America’s egg farmers are giving eggs directly from their farms to support their local food banks and communities.

How you can help

If you’re inspired by the generosity of America’s egg farmers and are in a position where you can help someone in need, consider reaching out to your local food bank and ask how you can assist. Some questions you should consider asking so you can help in ways with the most impact include:

  • Which food items do you need the most?
  • Do you accept personal care items like toothpaste and diapers? If so, what do you need?
  • Are there any safety precautions I need to take with my delivery?
  • How can I make a monetary donation?

The American Egg Board encourages Americans to contact their local food pantry to determine how you can “be a good egg” and help join the fight against hunger today. Learn more at IncredibleEgg.org/GoodEggs.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

Worship in the sanctuary @ 10:15 a.m. on October 18, 2020….

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore,

Worship in the sanctuary @ 10:15 a.m. on October 18, 2020

Pastor Ralph Mineo’s message is based on

Matthew 22:15-22.

Everyone is required to wear a mask and

maintain spatial distancing.

Pastor Ralph & Jo will offer an online worship service at noon at

 www.facebook.com/ralph.j.mineo