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Lights From the Forest

If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God.

Matthew 5: 15-16

Many of our members serve local, national and international organizations with hands-on involvement, board leadership and financial support. Rather than have an “in-house” service/mission committee, thus, we’ve chosen to support our members’ endeavors.

Each month, in our Lights From the Forest feature, we lift up a member whose service organization and efforts will inspire you. Please be in touch with our featured members or Ken Feske to find out more about their area of service, and join them!

Marilynn Gustafson


Marilynn Gustafson reminds us that, in the Parable of the Lost Son, Jesus teaches us we need to stand ready to embrace our children, no matter the past.  Sun Street Centers provides comprehensive and highly effective services for education, prevention and recovery of alcohol addiction and drug abuse.  It is a program of new beginnings.

Marilynn became involved with the organization through their affordable living program for homeless families with children – Pueblo Del Mar in Marina.  Most of these residents of Pueblo del Mar are women; all have successfully completed a drug treatment program; all need help to regain custody of their children and all need a safe place to live.

How can one get involved? These families move into empty apartments.  They need towels, linens, kitchen items and bathroom products. Please contact Sun Street Centers, or reach Marilynn through our church office.