IHS: In His Service
IHS meets the third Monday from September through May, excluding December, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in Woodward Hall. There are many ways to serve the Lord by using your special talents.
Come join us to sew, make favors and decorations, write letters to missionaries, cook food, or visit with friends. A light lunch is served at noon. Give yourself an opportunity to draw closer to the Lord and other women in the church through this joyful day!
Childcare will be provided if you call the church office in advance.
Circle of Prayer
Circle of Prayer is prayer support offered by women who meet at the church at 9:30am each Thursday. Prayer requests may be submitted via Prayer Request Cards in the Ritual of Friendship pads on Sundays or through the church office.
For more information about this ministry, please call the church office at (423)886-2190.
The destination was New Delhi, India, St. Michael’s Hostel for Girls. The sweatshirts and paints were purchased, the cards were ready to be decorated. On a Sunday afternoon in November 2007, close to 100 women and children gathered in The Great Hall at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church to decorate 84 sweatshirts and write notes to the children at St. Michael’s.
It sounds easy enough, just make them and ship them. Well, it wasn’t quite that easy. The 68 pounds of sweatshirts could run into hundreds of dollars to ship and then there was a very good chance they wouldn’t even get there!
When Jean Smith told Kari McCleery that we may not be able to send them, Kari said, “It was like a V-8 commercial – only God smacked me on the head and reminded me of Choton, Mike’s brother-in-law.”
Choton Basu is a professor at the University of Wisconsin, and happens to be from Calcutta. Every year he takes 16-18 of his college students to study in India and China for two weeks. They just happened to be leaving for India December 28th. Choton was more than willing to take the sweatshirts with him, but he wasn’t sure how to get them to New Delhi. When he told his students that 2 duffle bags full of shirts for the children had been packed and shipped to the University by Tracy Peele, they were so excited and asked if they could be the ones to deliver them. This meant the students had to pack less for the trip to stay within the poundage for travel. I think Choton was shocked at the response of the students; he said they were so willing to change everything in order to make the delivery happen. They even asked if they could take pictures to send back to Signal Mountain Pres.
What is really neat about all of this is Choton now wants to make this a priority on all his trips and to get more students involved in more activities like this. For them the desire to do for others more than self is a great step for them: who knows what could come of that?