As we begin to enter the winter season, the first order of business is the annual corporate meeting for Diakonos Mission, Inc. which will be held on November 20, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Marion, Iowa. Immediately followed by the annual pot-luck dinner for all board members, staff, and volunteers and their families. We are still working hard to improve our financial picture as the colder months tends to require more money to heat our facilities, and support our Guests in meeting their rent and utility needs, not to mention food requirements during the winter are higher than the warmer months. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, Advent begins on Nov. 30th, and Christmas comes on Dec. 25th. This is to say, we have now entered our busiest time of year at the mission, and I pray we will come out the other side in the Spring joyfully knowing we did all that Christ would have us do to support our Guests at CrossRoads Mission.