New Year Jan 2, 2011

 God has been speaking to me about many things, communication being one of them as I have shared with others the awesomeness of who God is and what He does, I have heard more than once that I should wright a book, not knowing how to go about that I thought I might as well start a Journal something I’ve tried in the past  but only gotten so far maybe day one.

I guess the best way to start is day one, except that today is day2, but it is a start there have been problems in Plainfield that I have become aware of against

Training in Redding

Police chaplain program: Reverend and Rabbi offer support to community Print
Written by Rachel Kirkpatrick
Saturday, January 24, 2009
There are difficult situations law enforcement officers face on the job, situations such as a crisis, a sudden death or a domestic dispute. Having a trained police chaplain available on call provides support not only for the people involved, but for the officers as well.

This is the primary reason Police Chief Douglas Fuchs said he wanted to establish a chaplain program in Redding. He has recruited two members of the clergy to participate, the Rev. Russell Augustine of St. Patrick Church on Black Rock Turnpike and Rabbi Leah Cohen of Temple B’nai Chaim on Portland Avenue. The two took part in training exercises last week.

“We’ve been talking about doing this program for a while,” Chief Fuchs said. “It’s a great resource for the town, the residents and the officers.”

The program, he said, is more about community than specific congregations. There may be a situation where something happens to someone in Redding who is not from Redding. The police chaplains will be available to them.“As law enforcement officials, we are often working as social workers. While we’re happy to help people cope, bringing in a trained individual to help is a benefit to the community and the officers as well,” Chief Fuchs said.

Rabbi Cohen has been with Temple B’nai Chaim since July 2000, following her ordination that June from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Her rabbinical experience includes serving as a student rabbi during her five years of preparation in pulpits in Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, St. Thomas, USVI and Lyon, France.

“I was really honored,” she said of Chief Fuchs’ offer to become a police chaplain. “When I think about police and the sacrifices they make, I knew this was something I could do to help both the officers and the community.”

Father Augustine has been with St. Patrick Church for nearly six and one-half years. He studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange, N.J. His first assignment was with St. Joseph’s in Brookfield, where he served for 10 years. He then served for three years at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Fairfield, before coming to St. Patrick’s.

“When the chief called, I thought about the responsibilities of being a part of this program. I thought I could be there for the local police and the community in whatever way I could,” he said.

The Rev. Bill Hinckley of Plainfield is in charge of the training. He is the founder and senior chaplain of the Plainfield Police Chaplain Corps and the executive director of Shield Faith Ministries Inc. Mr. Hinckley has been involved in the formation of and training of pastors for police chaplain units throughout the United States, Canada, Ukraine and Brazil.

Chief Fuchs stressed that chaplains are 100% volunteers who are willing to come out to help at all hours of the night. Many communities have some sort of a chaplain program, he said.

In recruiting police chaplains, Chief Fuchs said he thought it was important to have both Christianity and Judaism represented.

Father Augustine, he said, has been active in the community for some time.

“He seemed like the perfect fit,” he said.

When he approached Rabbi Cohen, he said, “she said without hesitation, she would do it.”

The classroom training lasted for two days. The chaplains will now have the opportunity to go on ride-alongs with the police in their patrol cars and participate in department training so they will have an idea of what officers do on a daily basis. This is all a way for the chaplains and the officers to get to know each other on a more personal level.

“The chaplains are truly offering a service to the community through the police department we otherwise would not have,” Chief Fuchs said. ShareThis

 

 

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Observation’s at a car show.

Exodus 35

20 Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses’ presence, 21 and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments. 22 All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD. 23 Everyone who had blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen, or goat hair, ram skins dyed red or the other durable leather brought them. 24 Those presenting an offering of silver or bronze brought it as an offering to the LORD, and everyone who had acacia wood for any part of the work brought it. 25 Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen. 26 And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair. 27 The leaders brought onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece. 28 They also brought spices and olive oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense. 29 All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the LORD freewill offerings for all the work the LORD through Moses had commanded them to do.

Bezalel and Oholiab

30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. 34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, weavers, metal workers, and those skilled in Hydraulics, Tire Guys and auto mechanics —all of them skilled workers and designers.

“See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills why? To bring Glory to God,

You may all think you are talented and you are God has blessed you with skill and you are experiencing His blessings in you life how much more would you be blessed if you would invite God into your life and your business In the next chapter it says as the people gave there was more than enough so much so Moses had to tell them to stop giving,

There were some people at the car show who had skill’s, some had money to spend on there vehicles, some who had neither but were there to look and hope, and some to observe and be a blessing, I was there to see God in it all.

Proverbs 22: 2 Rich and poor have this in common:
The LORD is the Maker of them all.

I saw God in the skill’s that he has given to some to be able to create, because God is the Creator of all things

I saw that Josh was motivated to invited us to come, because he saw we were raising funds to give to the Cancer Society and to Missions,

06292008js01I saw that those who gave the most at our booth were those who had the least; I saw the Plainfield Little League All Star’s team who gave all there money to help find a cure for Cancer and when they ran out of funds they volunteered to sit in the tank and get dunked (yes it was hot and the water was cool but) that was not their complete motivation I saw in them the reason they were All Star’s was not just because they could play ball but because of the compassion and care for each other that was evident.

I saw a young lady named Brandy who sat on the tank to help raise funds (a young lady in a swim suit draws more attention at a car show than an old man any day) someone with us was calling “Come get the Beautiful girl wet!”

I was told she had recently lost a considerable amount of weight, when I heard that I thought that she must really appreciate the chatter,  God said, tell her “I called you beautiful before you lost one ounce!”

If there ever were dreams that were lofty and knobble, they were my dreams at the start, and the hope for life’s best were the hopes that I harbored deep down in my heart. But my dreams turned to ashes and my castles all crumbled my fortune turned to dross. So I wrapped it all in the rags my life and I laid it at the cross, Something beautiful something Good all of my confusion He understood, all I had to offer Him was Brokenness and strife but He made something Beautiful out of my life.

More Insite From Chaplain Bill

In the early part of 2007. a Norwich Bulletin front page article stated, “Plainfield tops area in killings.” The recent brutal stabbing death of a 45year old woman was, the town’s eighth homicide since 2001. The article brought out the fact that even though surrounding towns and cities have larger populations. Plainfield had the highest rate of murderers in that time frame. Not included in the article, but just as shocking is that there have been 12 confirmed suicides in Plainfield in the same time frame. Someone asked me “What is it about Plainfield?”,

We live in a world filled with sin, and Plainfield is not alone. The Bible says that where evil abounds, God’s grace does much more abound. God knew what was coming. Eight years ago, He called me to organize and train groups of pastors, to work with the police department. I am acutely aware of not only the crime in Plainfield but also the devastating effect it has and is having upon this community and their police officers.

The Plainfield Police Chaplains Corps exists to provide spiritual guidance and real time assistance to the Plainfield community. They are available in crisis situations where police officers have become involved. Often the officers and citizens themselves have requested such help. The chaplains are there to support all personnel of the Plainfield Police Department, both sworn, civilian, and their families in those times of need.

Each chaplain typically serves four 24 hour duty days twice a month, during which he/she goes about their normal business but are on call, They make themselves available to the department with crisis intervention, a listening ear, or a glass of cold water. Though we have all the trappings that clearly identify us as chaplains for the Plainfield Police Department, the chaplains serve without pay as an extension of their primary ministries in the town of Plainfield, and as partners with the police officers to the citizens of this town.

You may have not heard much about the Chaplain Corps, since the bulk of our ministry is behind the scenes, out of the headlines and in human hearts. It’s inside the mill houses, on front porches and sidewalks, in hospital rooms, in the E.R, in funeral homes, cemeteries, and even in jail cells. It’s our privilege to bring the presence, power, love and peace of the Living God to bear upon situations where often those realities would not otherwise be experienced.

It’s because the whole world is affected by this sin nature Shield of Faith Ministries was established, first as an outreach of Church of the living God of Central Village, to help raise up and equip pastors with the knowledge required to effectively serve their own cities and towns as police chaplains.

Because of the great need, we have since, turned our church facilities over to Youth Challenge of Connecticut. Now we are focusing all of our attention to the Police Chaplaincy enabling Chaplains throughout Connecticut. In so doing, doors have opened up and God has used Pastor Bill Hinckley in New Orleans, after hurricane Katrina, in West Warwick after the Station night club fire, and in New York city after 9-11, His other travels have included Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, Florida, Toronto, Canada, Kiev, Ukraine, and many states in Brazil. Every where God has sent chaplain Bill he has found police officers, firemen, EMT’s, EMS’s and civilians that are open and hungry for Christ and what He has to offer God is being seen and His Spirit is touching lives,

What is exciting for me is that whether in Norwich, Willimantic, Norwalk, Plainfield, Putnam, Newtown, Coventry, Clinton, or many other cities I’ve had the pleasure of helping, God continues to work even though I may not personally be there. I know when there is a need for restoration, healing and the compassion of Christ, after or during a police involved incident. More than likely, some one we have trained is there for that victim, the officer, the witnesses, and for each other.

As chaplains, we serve the police personnel, who are also there to serve and protect. Their wounds are often unseen, as they deal with the stress and emotions of dealing with crime and tragedy on a regular basis. Our Chaplains are like the Good Samaritan, who doesn’t walk by on the other side of the road. They are there to patch-up the wounds, pour on the oil, and minister the love of Jesus to those in need, both officer and civilian alike.

An officer once told me Television, Movies and the media, have set an unattainable view of who a police officer needs to be by actually dehumanizing those men and women who ware the badge, they are expected to have no emotion, be self sufficient, the badest dude, know what the law says, quote it chapter and verse, and be able to make split second decisions with pin point accuracy just by walking into a situation.

It is bad enough that the media, society, and our peers, will expect them to attain this, picture of who a cop is. But the officer themselves expect to attain these unattainable qualities in of ourselves they can’t, therein is the problem.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Chaplains provide invaluable service in supporting police officers

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Marge Hoskin – Quiet Corner Whispers

By MARGE HOSKIN

For The Norwich Bulletin

Posted May 13, 2008 @ 02:30 AM

 


Thursday is Peace Officers Memorial Day when U.S. flags are displayed at half-staff to honor federal, state and municipal officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

The town of Plainfield’s Police Chaplain Corps honors those same officers every day by standing ready to meet the needs of the law enforcement community and those they serve. The corps’ five volunteer pastors from different faiths are headed by senior chaplain and founder of Plainfield’s chaplain corps, the Rev. Bill Hinckley.

Hinckley also directs the nonprofit Shields of Faith Ministries, which helps clergy and public safety departments form and manage chaplain programs in their own communities. The organization offers training programs with topics ranging from dispatcher stress to conflict resolution.

The Plainfield Chaplain Corps sponsors its sixth annual golf tournament Friday at Foster Country Club in Foster, R.I., where four-person play begins at 8 a.m. Hinckley expects as many as 100 players to compete. Last year’s tournament was won by a foursome from the Plainfield Police Department.

Applications to play can be obtained from Hinckley by telephone or visit www.shieldsoffaithministries.us. The price, $95 per person or $350 per foursome, includes greens fees, cart, lunch, steak banquet and prizes. Funds raised by the tournament will be used for chaplain training, safety equipment and special programs such as Safe Kids, Plainfield’s child car seat program.

The first official recognition of chaplains by the American government occurred July 29, 1775, when the Continental Congress finally decided to pay the congregational ministers serving as chaplains under Gen. George Washington. Much later, chaplains affiliated with quasi-military organizations such as the police.

Hinckley drives around town in a black van that resembles a police vehicle. In a recent newsletter, he wrote, tongue in cheek, that the benefits of driving such a van include offers of free doughnuts and a reluctance of drivers following his vehicle on the highway to pass him.

In a more serious vein, “looking like a copy … isn’t necessarily a good idea,” he wrote, for he knows too well the dangers police face every day while protecting the rest of us.

Marge Hoskin, a Quiet Corner native, is a retired naval officer. She is the former chairwoman of the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Inc. board of directors and one of the founding members of the corridor. Her column appears every Tuesday. Reach her at mlhoskin@sbcglobal.net

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believe in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Girl Comes Out of Coma, Able to Recall Memories, Despite Doctors Saying She Would Never Revive
Teresa Neumann (March 7, 2008)

Said doctor: “Short of developing a technique for a complete brain transplant, there is no hope that medical treatment will be discovered in the foreseeable future which could reverse” her condition.

Haleigh PoutreThe victim of unspeakable cruelty, 14-year-old Haleigh Poutre of Massachussetts is a living miracle today after coming out of a two-year coma—induced by a brutal beating—by which she was never expected to revive. (AP Photo/Family Handout)

According to an ABC report, Haleigh was once thought to be so irreversibly brain damaged that doctors planned to remove her from life support. She began breathing on her own and showing other signs of brain activity in January 2006, just days before doctors planned to remove her ventilator.

Now, she is reportedly able to communicate and recall her alleged attack.

“It’s nothing short of phenomenal to have someone who is essentially given up for dead survive this and come out of a coma and be able to articulate what happened to her,” said Tim Burke, a former prosecutor and longtime criminal defense lawyer in Boston.

At a court hearing, the report notes that doctors from Baystate Medical Center testified that Haleigh had suffered irreversible brain damage. “Short of developing a technique for a complete brain transplant, there is no hope that medical treatment will be discovered in the foreseeable future which could reverse” her condition, said one doctor, according to court records.

Source: Scott Michels – ABC News

Officer Matt Morelli ends his life

The following article was in the news on May 26, 2008 the next day Chaplain Bill attended the funeral services as did hundred’s of police officers from all over New England officers came from as far away as Canada. Had the cause of death been as first reported, a senseless murder there would have been multiple times more officers present. It seemed as if the whole Norwalk police department was present, which spoke to me of the respect they had for this man Matthew Morelli,

As I was listening to the liturgy and eulogy (maybe because of the preacher in me) I thought of what I would say to bring Hope to these men and women who put there lives on the line daily, It would have started out, “You do not know what was going through his mind when he took his own life.” but the truth of the matter is that for the most part you do!

Because you are experiencing the same thoughts you are having the same type of nightmares, you have even thought of ending it all. But not in the same way you’ll do it right, so that your daughter will be able to collect. or that your wife/ husband and family will not know.

The thing is they do know. But you have blocked them out, because you are in charge. You know what you are doing. You can handle it on your own. Matt was depicted as the kind of man that “Nothing seemed to make him flinch. He was the strong, quiet type.”

A very wise man once said there is a time and a season for everything a time to laugh, a time to cry, a time to rejoice a time to morn. here in lies a man that as duty called would stop someone from taking their life, yet he took his own.

Yes you do know what would cause an officer to take their life and because it is so close to home you didn’t come., or maybe you did and your thinking he had the right idea.

I for one could not take my life, Not because I’m stronger or weaker but because It is not mine to choose 32 years ago I gave my life to Jesus! It’s his life now,

Pontious Pilot (the judge) said to Jesus “I have the authority to take your life or to give it.” Jesus said to Pilot “You have no authority unless my Father give it. You are not taking my life I give my life, a ransom for ALL”

If you don’t have a life every thing seems to have fallen in on you, Jesus came so that you could have life, and have it in abundance. He also said I will make all things NEW. He said call unto me and I will answer Thee and show you great and mighty things that thou Knoweth not.

If your in Norwalk four years ago Pastor Bill trained 5 pastors who work as Chaplains for your department, They will listen and introduce you to Jesus.

If there is no Chaplain in your department Shield of Faith Ministries will help you get one but let us help you to get to know Jesus, call (860)564-7480  if you have a bible read Romans Chapter 10 Vrs. 9 and 10.

 

The Norwalk Police Department is considering suicide as a possible means of death for Matthew Morelli, the 38-year-old Norwalk police officer who was found dead Friday morning in South Norwalk. “At this particular moment, the general consensus is that there is a high degree of probability that the fatal blow suffered by Officer Morelli was self inflicted,” Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling said yesterday afternoon at a press conference at Norwalk Police headquarters. “Having said that, we are not at a point where we can make a 100-percent conclusion in that regard. There are a still a few things that need to happen to get to that point.”

Rilling said his department will do “everything possible to bring this to some sort of conclusion one way or another” because it is owed to Officer Morelli, his family and the City of Norwalk.

Rilling refused to comment on several questions asked concerning the circumstances of Morelli’s death, including how many gunshots were fired or the content of the second radio transmission from Morelli. He said police considered suicide a possibility by Friday afternoon and that an AK-47 was found at the scene.

“It’s a sad moment for us,” Rilling said. “No matter what the outcome, we’ve lost a

brother.” According to the Norwalk Police Department, Morelli radioed police headquarters at 12:26 a.m. to say he was checking on “suspicious activity” in the parking lot of the Calvin Reformed Church in South Norwalk’s Lubrano Place. Police said he made another call to headquarters and then his radio went dead.

Officers raced to the scene, arriving in about a minute, and found Morelli lying dead on the ground in the parking lot on top of an AK-47 rifle. Immediately, members of the Norwalk, Westchester County, New York City and Westport Police Departments, the State Police’s Major Crime Squad and the FBI embarked upon a thorough investigation and massive manhunt for a possible killer.

His body was sent to the Office of the State Medical Examiner Friday for an autopsy but results would not be available for seven weeks, a spokeswoman for the state’s medical examiner said Monday.

Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia said the City of Norwalk will honor Morelli’s passing with a proper burial, including attendance by members of the Marine’s honor guard.

“We want to celebrate the sacrifices he has made over the past few years and that’s what this city will be doing over the past few days,” he said. “He deserves no less.”

Morelli grew up on Wilson Road in Weston with his two older brothers, Daniel and Brian, and his parents, Denis and Roberta, who still live there. Morelli was a member of the Weston Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services Departments and served four years in the Marines, including a tour in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, before joining the Norwalk Police Department in 1996.

John Troxwell, Weston’s chief of police, said he remembers when Morelli, whom he met almost 30 years ago through his brothers, asked him for advice on becoming a police officer.”We responded to the needs of the family by keeping the press away from their home and protecting their privacy,” he said.

Morelli leaves behind an ex-wife and a 6-year-old daughter named Sydney Anne, both of whom live in Australia.

Westport Chief Al Fiore said his department sent two officers to Norwalk to help with the manhunt.
the family requests that donations be sent to the Sydney Anne Morelli Trust Fund, c/o Fitzmaurice & Siegel, 1281 E. Main St., Stamford, CT 06902.

Last week Two Police officers were murdered

So far this year according to Officer Down Memorial Page the line of Duty deaths is up 54% from that time last year because of the fact that Two officers were murdered it made the local news, we don’t always hear but at that rate every couple of days we loose another officer in the United States.

the Sergeant William Biggs
Kirkwood Police Department
Missouri

End of Watch: Thursday, February 7, 2008

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, February 7, 2008
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Sergeant William Biggs and Officer Tom Ballman were shot and killed when a suspect opened fire at a Kirkwood city council meeting. The man had held a grudge against the city council for several years and had filed several lawsuits against the city.

The suspect approached Sergeant Biggs across the street from the city hall and asked him what time the meeting started, then pulled out a handgun and fatally shot him in the head. The man then took Sergeant Biggs’ service weapon and walked across the street into the city hall.

When he entered the council chambers he approached Officer Ballman, who was sitting in the front of the room, and also fatally shot him in the head. The man then opened fire on the other occupants of the room, killing two council members and the director of public works before being shot and killed by two other officers.