Missions

Our Church By-Laws direct the Missions Committee to: assist the church in its mission of “Becoming Like Christ and Making Him Known.”…reaching out in Christian love and service to those in our own and around the world.  […] and providing education to the parishioners about a variety of social problems.

The Mission Moment for August will be one week later than usual after we have all enjoyed the Teen Challenge Men’s Choir concert on the third Sunday, August 15.  The Mission Moment presentation and collection for Teen Challenge will be Sunday, Aug. 22, during the worship service.

The choir will perform Aug. 15 at 4:30pm at the Sherman Town Park Pavilion. Teen Challenge Connecticut is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides hope and support through a 15-month residential program for young men, women and teens with life-controlling problems. They have been established for more than 60 years and have more than 240 centers in the United States and 1100 worldwide.

“We partner with hundreds of churches bringing live music and strong testimonies speaking of how God lifted us from our addictions to full restoration in our lives,” said Daniel Roell, church services coordinator for Teen Challenge Connecticut, based in New Haven.  “Our goal is educating the community while showing through our men’s testimonies how addiction can only be overcome by the healing power of God.”

The group also raises funds for the organization by Honorarium, love offering and the sale of products. You may donate through a check made out to The Sherman Church with Teen Challenge in the memo line or online with Teen Challenge in the Comments line.

The July Mission Moment was for the Hope Family Organization, a Christian nonprofit
based in Tanzania. It aims to support young kids and street children by providing a quality education, basic needs and restoring lost hope among the underprivileged, deprived and vulnerable members of society, especially orphaned children of any humanitarian assistance to the needy community exemplifying the core values of Jesus Christ. The Hope Family project was initiated in 2010 by Emmanuel (“Emma”) Kadinda Wapi when he was a student at the Lion of Judah Academy. At that time, he ministered in his free time to the street kids in nearby Mwanza with one of the LOJ missionary teachers, Kurt Wegner. Emma became passionate
about providing hope and encouragement to these kids by sharing the love of Christ with them and supporting them with their physical, psychological and spiritual needs.


Fast forward to 2021 and Emma has invested years into earning the education he needs to lead an organization that is still in its fledgling stages. While he hopes to eventually be able to buy land and build a home for orphans and street children, for now, he and his team visit kids in existing schools and orphanages in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza to share the importance of “good behavior and hard work” (the Hope Family motto). They are also making plans to run a
week-long kids camp in the near future. If you would like to give, please write a check to The Sherman Church with Hope Family Organization in the memo line or donate by credit card on our website, and put Hope Family Organization in the Comments box.

Off to Tanzania!

by Hartford Inlow

Greetings, All –

The First Lion of Judah Academy Class

The First Class – 2001 — That’s Lynn on the left…with our very first group of students!

Hart and Lynn arrived safely in Tanzania as of July 15. “We are here, and well,” Hart emailed, “safe and sound and hard at work.” He is asking for prayer for the flooding which is still going on from Lake Victoria.

“The students returned after their long break between terms,” he wrote. “Term two classes actually resumed July 5, so please pray for the students and staff.

“As I mentioned in the last post, we have a team coming out for a dental training mission beginning Monday, July 26. [The dental team has arrived and has begun its work, as of July 27.]  About a dozen people will be traveling from the U.S. and other places between around July 21 and July 24.  Lots of arrangements to coordinate and logistics to work out.  Please pray for safe and uneventful travel, and for everything to go smoothly.  This is a pretty big project and something, I suspect, the devil would really enjoy confusing!  But we’re doing God’s work and trying hard to do it God’s way!  Please be asking God to help us keep our eyes on Him!

“Thank you so much for your support, encouragement and prayer!

“Blessings to you all.”  Lynn and Hart

Cru at Work

The following is a note from Nic and Christy Brenner on a need that can only be filled by a personal donation. Please read on:

“As the Lord allows, we hope to replace one of our minivans by the summer’s end, hopefully with another minivan or something bigger.  One of the tricky things right now pertaining to finances is that we’re unable to take any more salary than we’re already taking.  That said, if a donation comes into our Cru staff account with the intention of it helping our family purchase a van, we wouldn’t be able to access it because we’re already taking our maximum allowable pay.  The short explanation for this is due to Christy directing our local homeschool community, she had to slide over to an ‘affiliate’ role with Cru which reduced by half our maximum allowable salary. 

“All that said, if the church took up a special gift, we would need to receive it in the form of a cash or check made out to us in order to use it toward a vehicle. It’s not unusual in that we received gifts like this throughout the year.  The primary caveat is that giving to us personally doesn’t allow the donor to receive the same tax deduction because it’s given personally rather than through the Cru ministry.

Gratefully, Nic

Newsletter from Nic and Christy Brenner of CRU April/May 2021

Friends, Family and Partners for the Gospel,

Thanks so much to all those who prayed for “Senior Share” on Tuesday Night.  It was a God Glorifying time as we reflected on the ways God transformed the seniors lives during their time on campus.  Here’s a pic of the student who showed up in person…

Also this week, we spent some good time with our staff team processing the gains and losses from the year.  As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, we had a group of staff that were slated to be in East Asia with Cru, join our Cornell team when they were reassigned to us due to Covid.  In a year that took so much, the Lord gifted us with them and we’re so glad for it.  Here’s a pic from this past week’s staff meeting…

One key thing to note is that as you read the prayer letter below, you’ll see a story about a SUNY Cortland student named Jenny who’s headed out to Yellowstone National Park on a Cru Summer Mission.  If as you read the story, you feel a pull to invest in Jenny’s life by coming alongside her financially and prayerfully, please let me know and I’d be thrilled to put you in touch with her. Also in the prayer letter, we share a bit about life on the homefront and Christy’s ministry with the homeschool community.  God’s done more than we could ask or imagine in that big area of life 🙂 As always, we literally couldn’t do any of what God’s called us to without you!  We were carried through the year on the back of your prayers and encouragement and we’re tremendously grateful for each of you. 

In His Grip,

Nic and Christy

Unstoppable God Despite all of the challenges and it being a year that nobody would want to have to do over, it is undeniable that we serve an unstoppable God. I sat down with a student a few days ago we’ll call Shawn. Shawn was filled with shame because of the sexual temptation he’d given into and he couldn’t shake the guilt that came from doing something he thought he would never do again. As we looked at 1 John 2:1-2, his entire perspective turned a 180. It says, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” The truth of Jesus as his advocate sunk in, and Jesus became that much greater in Shawn’s life. Jeremy, stepped into the Cru movement just this semester and has had his eyes open to the Gospel in a whole new way. He “gets it” now, and the fruit in his life couldn’t be more evident. He shows up to community group and discipleship times eager to grow, asks great questions, and applies the truths of the Scriptures to his life. Yes, spring semester of ’21 has been tough, but it hasn’t stopped our unstoppable God!

Prayer and Praise: New Interns: Next year our team will be losing two AMAZING interns (A.G. and Abi) and gaining three new interns that we are thrilled have made the decision to join us! Glenn, Ryan and Austin, all recent Cornell grads, will spend their summer’s raising the necessary financial support for their intern year. Please pray for these guys that God would keep their vision focused for the year to come. Sabbatical and Seminary Summer This summer I (Nic) will be taking my first sabbatical since joining Cru. It’ll be a time of reading and extended time growing in my walk with the Lord as well as doing some traveling with the family. Christy and I are really looking forward to it! Along with sabbatical I’ll be working on a couple of seminary courses in hopes of finishing my degree next summer (summer of ’22).

PUTTING THE GOSPEL IN ARMS REACH OF EVERY STUDENT AT CORNELL AND SUNY CORTLAND

Jenny’s Story: Jenny Keegan stepped into Cru just this past semester and has quickly become a champion for community and missions. Having just recently heard about the opportunities Cru has for Summer Mission’s, she’s decided to follow the Lord’s lead to participate in the Yellowstone Summer Mission. It’s amazing to Christy and I how students can so quickly pivot to follow Jesus in a moment in time. It’s one of the reasons we love college ministry! We’d love for you to pray for Jenny as she spends the summer in Yellowstone with Cru and if you’d like to give toward her summer missions expenses, please let me know! Here’s a few words from Jenny… “This summer I will be joined by 37 other college students in sharing the gospel to those we encounter in Yellowstone National Park. During this time, I will mostly be sharing the gospel with my coworkers which will prepare me for sharing the word of God with fellow students at school and coworkers in the future. I will have the chance to share how I personally came to know Jesus and how I have seen him work in my life. I will be able to share with others the reasons I love going to Church, worshiping and living a life devoted to my God. Most of my coworkers will be international students, so this will be their first-time hearing anything about God and through our discussions hopefully they too will come to know our Savior. While in Yellowstone I will also be involved in Bible studies, large group teaching and training meetings.”

On the Homefront Just last week Christy led her final Classical Conversations Community Day of the year. Our family was incredibly blessed through all of these people and we’re excited to see what next year holds as Christy directs again! 181 Lake Road, Dryden NY 13053 – Nicholas.Brenner@cru.org – Christy.Brenner@cru.org – Acct.#0584384

We support The Oratory of the Little Way, nestled right next door in Gaylordsville! Oratory of the Little Way

Other Overseas Missions: Latin American Mission. United World Mission.

Local Missions Quarterly Support:

  1. The Oratory of the Little Way (healing ministry, Gaylordsville, CT)
  2. Loaves and Fishes (New Milford Food Pantry) – Sherman Church is once again participating in their dinners once a month with sandwiches, snacks and fruit to be given out in place of dinners in the building. But Loaves & Fishes has not missed serving dinners even once despite COVID restrictions.
  3. Radio Bible Class (RBC)  (Daily Bread, bringing the Gospel around the World)

Special Collections:

On the third Sunday of each month, the congregation gives to special needs.

Examples of these collections include:  Hopeline, The Conservative Congregational Christian Church church multiplication; Westconn Ministries serving Danbury; Christian camps; Soldier Relief care packages; CRU Cornell University; Samaritan’s Purse Heal Our Patriots; Community Relief Christmas Eve Collection.  Every year the slate of special collection ministries is reviewed and revised.

Community Relief:

Through the generosity of many, we collect funds throughout the year for our neighbors, which is overseen by the Missions committee and the Pastor.  Monies are forwarded directly to services/vendors to help with heating, mortgage and other dire family needs.  With the economic downturn affecting so many, this ministry is crucial to alleviating want in our community; we feel God has truly blessed this ministry.

Other Special Projects:

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, an outreach of Samaritan’s Purse; cookie plates given to those in need of cheer, get-well wishes, sympathy, or “Thank you for all you do.”

   Hopeline is accepting strollers and baby furniture. Cribs or car seats must be new.

In the words of one of our most loved past Mission Chairs, “Truly, you have loved one another.  May we all continue to grow and serve the Lord as we become like Christ and make him known.”