Monday, October 31, 2011

Progress on Hanukkah Children's Book

The scanning of the paintings should be completed this week, and then on to our layout man.  When the pages are laid out, complete with text and pictures, we will send sample pages to a few Messianic leaders asking for endorsements.  We'd appreciate your prayers that we'd have favor with these leaders and they'd be able to take the time to review our work and write an endorsement.  This could help greatly with the marketing and sales of the books.

Pre-orders of the book are slowly coming in, and our fund for printing the book is beginning to build up. We still have quite a ways to go, so if you want to pre-order a copy of the book, Hanukkah is Great, we'd sure appreciate it.  The books will be sold for a price between $18 and $20 once they are printed.  But we are offering big discounts for anyone who pre-orders the books.

You can get a case of 20 books for $250, which comes to $12.50 per book.   You can also pre-order one copy for $15, (or $20 if you want it shipped out to you).  Right now we are accepting checks through the mail. Please make any checks out to Shalom Ministries.  Mail to Messianic Family Publishing, 553 Irving Place, University Park IL 60484.  If you want to make a donation over and above the pre-order price, we will gratefully accept it.  Shalom Ministries is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

Soon we hope to make the pre-orders available on our website, where you can pay with Paypal.

We have been invited to speak about this project at Temple Shalom Yisrael, Rolling Meadows, IL, at the Sabbath Service on November 12.  Dave will talk about the mulit-generational vision, and the importance that good books play in this vision.  We will also share about the process of putting together this Hanukkah children's book. You are certainly invited to attend if you can (meeting at the Community Church of Rolling Meadows; the service begins at 10:30 a.m., with a half hour prayer time before that).


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Tashlich and Upcoming Feasts

It was Chaim Weinberger's first Rosh Hashana, and we wheeled him along with us to a nearby pond to do tashlich.  Tashlich is the traditional activity done on the Feast of Trumpets day, where we gather stones to represent our sins and throw them as far as we can into the water.  This symbolizes how far God puts our sins away from us, as far as the east is from the west, and into the depths of the sea.  Each feast has such wonderful object lessons for children!  And though Chaim didn't understand what we were doing, he did enjoy being there with us and trying to blow the shofar for the very first time!   That's his Daddy's hand in the picture, Lael.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins the evening of October 7.  It's a day to fast, as the Lord leads, and pray for Israel, unsaved Jewish people, and unsaved family and friends.  If you live close by, join us at Messianic House of Prayer for a Yom Kippur service on Friday, October 7, at 7 p.m.

Then comes the Feast of Tabernacles!  These days of rejoicing before the Lord begin on the evening of October 12 and continue on through October 20. We will have services on Oct. 12, Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Oct. 14, our usual Shabbat service, at 7 p.m.; and the "last, great day of the feast" on Oct.19, Wednesday at 7 p.m.  We hope you enjoy celebrating the holidays, God's "appointed times" with His people - see Leviticus 23, a great listing and summary about His holidays!