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A Rich Legacy

Memorial Day is quickly approaching and many throughout the land will
make visits to cemeteries to remember loved ones who have passed from
this life to the next. The graves of parents and grandparents, wives and
husbands, and children will be adorned with lovely flowers as the
living take a moment to meditate on the life of the departed and how that
person influenced them.

When the apostle Paul was nearing the end of his earthly pilgrimage he
wrote a letter to Timothy a young pastor. At the beginning of his
letter St. Paul made reference to the positive influence of Timothy's
mother and grandmother. The apostle wrote, "I am reminded of your sincere
faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother
Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you." (II Timothy 1:5)

We know very little about Lois and Eunice for the only reference to
Timothy's family is found in one verse, Act 16:1. The churches in the
towns of Derbe and Lystra had been founded by Paul and Barnabas on their
first missionary tour and apparently Lois and her daughter Eunice were
converted to Christianty at that time. Timothy's father is merely
referred to as a Greek, which undoubtedly meant that he was a pagan.
However through the influence of his mother and grandmother Timothy had
become a strong believer.

Christian faith often is passed on from generation to generation within
families. It was the heart's desire of Lois and Eunice that young
Timothy escape the darkness of the world and come to know Christ as his
Savior. All parents have aspirations for their children. Those desires
usually center around physical health, success in school, a good
marriage and financial security. Such are all well and good, but there is
something far more important. It is of paramount importance that our
children receive salvation; that they become men and women of faith who
know Christ as their Savior. St. John in writing to the church as his
family said it well when he wrote, "No greater joy can I have than this,
to hear that my children follow the truth." (II John 4)

We might ask, how is the Christian faith passed on from generation to
generation? There are three basic things that are necessary for this to
take place. First, parents need to live godly lives before their
children. Many psychologists have written about the importance of good role
models and so has the Bible. St. Paul pointed not only to Christ, but
also to himself as examples to follow. "And you also become imitators
of us and of the Lord...." (I Thess. 1:6) "I urge you then, be
imitators of me." (I Cor. 4:16) Many of the problems in society today are
due to inadequate role models in the home. Human beings are natural
imitators and if not following good examples will follow bad ones.

Lois and Eunice were also faithful to teach young Timothy the Word of
God. St. Paul wrote, "But as for you, continue in what you have learned
and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from
childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are
able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." (II
Timothy 3:14,15) Even as a child Timothy had been taught the
Scriptures by his mother and grandmother. Unfortunately many parents have turned
this responsibility over to the church. Teaching in the church on
Sunday is no substitute for parental instruction throughout the week. When
parents are not engaged in teaching their children the children get the
impression that the Bible is for church on Sunday, but not for daily
life. Children will consider the Bible to be relevant to life if that is
seen in the attitude of their parents.

Undoubtedly Lois and Eunice spent countless hours in prayer for
Timothy. Would he grow up to be a Christian or would he be influenced by the
pagan society of the day? Christian parents have the same concern
today as our society is becoming as pagan as that of the First Century. We
need to earnestly pray daily for our children and grandchildren that
the Lord will pour out His grace upon them.

On Memorial Day you may stand beside the graves of parents or
grandparents who set a godly example for you; contributing to you becoming the
person you are today. Take a moment to give thanks for them, but
realize that one day you will be the one in the grave. On that day will
there be those who will thank God for the positive influence you had on
their lives?

By Rev. F.M. Levi

Parish News
The first three weeks of March Rev. Levi taught a class on Christian
Ethics at Cranmer Theological House our diocesan seminary in Houston,
Texas.

During Lent there was a dinner and worship service every Wednesday at
St. Andrew's. We wish to thank all who attended and especially those
who served as host or hostess. Mr. David Scoggins conducted the first
three services in Rev. Levi's absence.

New overhead lights were installed in the chapel in March. The new
lights are of traditional style containing gothic motifs which compliment
the windows and other church décor.

Congratulations
Miss Elisabeth Levi, daughter of Rev. & Mrs. Levi, was united in
marriage to Mr. William Garrison here at St. Andrew's on Saturday, March 29,
2003. Our prayers are with Will and Beth as they begin their life
together.

Missionary of The Month
Rev. & Mrs. Gerhard Meyer (Grace) and their children.
Youth/Camp/Pastoral Ministries. Schwarzenborn, Germany.

Domestic Missions
Newest areas of outreach, All Saints, Vacaville, California, Pastored
by the Rev. Jerry Kistler.

Happy birthday!
May 14 - Alex Rago
May 17 - Walter Sellers
May 25 - Jeffrey Stultz

Mother/Daughter Salad Supper, Saturday, May 3, 2003, 6:00 p.m. in the
Parish Hall.

Sunday, May 4, 2003. Following morning worship. It will be preceded
by a catered luncheon provided by the Vestry. All heads of departments,
treasurers and chairmen of committees should be prepared to give
reports.


Rummage Sale
Saturday, May 31, 2003 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Start bringing the items you wish to donate for the rummage sale to
church on May 25, 2003.

Lest We Forget
By Wayne Hepburn

A shot was heard around the world
Long days ago at Lexington,
And echoes down the passing years
Of battles fought for liberty.

Then, Gettysburg; more death and loss
From flashing sword and booming gun;
The cost of freedom paid in blood
To write our nation's history.

Let us, we said, lest we forget,
Declare a day for memory
Of those who gave the most, the best,
To keep a people living free.

Our young lie still in distant places;
England, France, and Germany.
More fought, and died, in Iwo Jima,
Africa and Normandy.

The list goes on ... will it not end?
Saipan, Korea, Vietnam,
Beirut, Kuwait, Somalia,
Have taken lives of cherished ones,
Beloved daughters; cherished sons.

Let us, this day, lest we forget,
Devote our hearts in memory
And pray with thanks for all the rest
Who died so you and I could be
A grateful people living free.


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