Dr. Beckwith’s Friday Inspiration For September 16th

Happy Friday, Team!

As we approach this Friday, I want to share some things that have been on my mind this past week. The word “family” has stuck with me lately. I don’t mean my natural family, but the LSSSC family. We might forget that we spend a lot of time together, probably more than the time we spend with our families at home. Because we do, we are bound to have the same dynamics with our work families that we experience with our real ones.

I am an only child, my son is an only child, and my grandson is an only child, so it might be hard for me to relate personal experiences of sibling disagreements. However, I can offer what I have seen with friends and other family members. When I was little, I had cousins who would get at odds with each other. The funny thing is, as much as they fought, if anyone picked on either of them, their disagreements seemed to disappear as they would rise to defend each other. They were family, and no one was going to mess with their family.

Here at Lutheran Social Services Southern California, I also see us as a family unit. I want you to feel that you matter to us. We will defend you and do what it takes to ensure you feel protected. When disagreements occur, let’s pull together and give each other the benefit of the doubt. Let’s not immediately think the worst of one another, but let’s pray for one another. Let’s face it; no one is perfect. No one will get it right all the time. We all fall short. What we should seek to do when we find ourselves in the wrong is to apologize, accept responsibility, forgive each other, and work to make our work lives enjoyable and trusting.

I want to share two scriptures this Friday:

Proverbs 17:27-28

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a person of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Colossians 3:23-24 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

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Ambassadors are short-term volunteers who open doors for our organization in the community, introducing new people at our bi-monthly Fostering Community Care event. These are one hour awareness events only (no solicitations are made) to expose people to the great work of LSS Community Care. To become an Ambassador here are your responsibilities:
  1. 1 – Attend at least one Fostering Community Care event during the calendar year
  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
  3. 3 – Inform your invited guests of what the Fostering Community Care meeting will be about, and let them know that they will receive a follow up call from the organization
  4. 4 – Ambassadors will complete their commitment after bringing 10-15 persons within the 3 month time period. An Ambassador has the option to complete after one term, continue for another 3 month term or move into another role on the team.
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Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional, befriending relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty.

Other ways to help the Southern California Family Support Initiative
  • Be an Ad-Hoc Ally – share your special skill or talent
  • Be a member of your local Community Leadership Team
  • Assist with weekly Child Care/Children’s Programs
  • Be a Community Spokesman – talk about the initiative and recruit others to join
  • Financially Sponsor a Family Leader
  • Facilitate/assist with Training Our Leaders and Allies
  • Behind-the-scenes work – internet research, graphic design, writing
We are actively seeking individuals and groups to be a part of our on-going mission to serve those in need. LSS administers over 50 specialized programs and services throughout the Southern California region. Contact your nearest LSS Center to hear about the local opportunities they have available.
Be a positive role model
Give back to others and help change lives
Transform communities
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