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Downsized Workers Ministry, Crown of Compassion

Downsized Workers Ministry

David Henning was a Lutheran elementary school teacher.  He got downsized.  Not nicely.

True to his faith, he coped in good measure by reaching out to help other downsized workers through a largely online Ministry – Crown of Compassion – at http://www.CrownOfCompassion.ORG

David & Vicki Henning

David & Vicki Henning, Champions of Crown of Compassion Ministries – a Downsized Workers Ministry

I’m impressed.  Today’s post, along with a little ‘nudge’ at Facebook, prompted me to write this.  Today’s post:

Downsized Workers Ministry

Though working a full-time gig to pay the bills, David established Crown of Compassion Ministries to “provide daily emotional and spiritual support to disenfranchised church workers by enabling them to connect to each other socially and prayerfully as well as providing resources to help them on their walk in this transitional period as they position themselves to revitalize and revision their ministry.”  

With his partner in life, Vicki Henning, David got 501(c)3 status for Crown of Compassion Ministries.  Still working full-time, he shows Compassion nearly full-time in his downsized workers Ministry.  He’s good at it too.  He reaches out, reads and writes on the topic constantly.  Virtually every day.  Perhaps every day.  If I was on as much of a mission at any site of my own, I’d probably generate more work than I know what to do with.  Yet David does this not to help himself, but to help others.

I’m often wary of folks who wear their religion on their sleeve.  I admire people who live their religion, in the best possible sense.

Downsized Workers Ministry - Tag Cloud of Crown Of Compassion

Downsized Workers Ministry – Tag Cloud at Crown Of Compassion Ministries

David and Vicki are just such people.

Take a look at this Tag Cloud, and you’ll get a great idea of what Dave and Crown of Compassion Ministries are all about.

The greatest of these words is Love.

Visit them.

Pay it forward.



Noah Nicholas Marker Klein Born May 20, 2014

Welcome to the world, Noah Nicholas Marker Klein

I got promoted!  I’m now a Grandfather.

Noah Nicholas Marker Klein

Noah in Mom’s Room on his Birth Day, with Nathan looking in on his son.

Noah Nicholas Marker Klein promoted me when he was born May 20, 2014.

Thanks to his Mom & Dad, Samantha and Nathan, for being well, doing good work, and introducing the source of the promotion.  🙂

Good getting to know the others who got a promotion from Noah, Jack and Kathleen Marker.  They are, indeed, Grandparents.

Born at 10:02 pm, at Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.  Same place his mom was born.  I believe Noah’s namesake, Nicholas, “Nick” Marker was born there too..

Noah Nicholas Marker Klein name derivations:

According to Wickipedia:

Noah is a given name and surname most likely derived from the Biblical figure Noah (נוֹחַ)in Hebrew. It is most likely of Babylonian and Assyrian origin from the word “nukhu” meaning repose or rest, which is possible in view of the Sumerian/Babylonian source of the flood story. Another explanation says that it is derived from the Hebrew root meaning “to comfort” (nahum) with the final consonant dropped.[1]

Noah is a top 100 name for a boy in the United States. In 2009, the name was the 9th most popular, with 17,061 births. This was the highest rank it has ever been since the Social Security Administration began tracking the data.[2] In 2013 it was the third most popular name for boys in Australia.[3]

Nicholas or Nikolas or Nicolas or Nickolas is a male given name, derived from the Greek name Νικόλαος (Nikolaos), a combination of the words “victory” (νίκη; níkē, nike, however is probably connected with neikos “quarrel, strife,” neikein “to quarrel with” [1]) and “people” (λαός; laós). The name can be understood to mean victory of the people. In addition, “laos” or “λαός” in Greek, originates from the word root “-las”, as found in the word “λα-τομεῑο” meaning “stone” or “rock” (inGreek MythologyDeucalion and Pyrrha recreated the people after they had vanished in a catastrophic deluge, by throwing stones behind their shoulders while they kept marching on). The name became popular through Saint Nicholas, Bishop ofMyra in Lycia, the inspiration for Santa Claus. The customary English version of spelling “Nicholas”, using an “h”, first came into use in the 12th century and has been firmly established since the Reformation, though “Nicolas” is occasionally used. In 2006, Nicholas – and its variations – was the 17th most popular male name given to babies in the United States. Roughly 0.7151% of the baby boys born that year, or 15,414, were given that name. It is decreasing in popularity, from a high in 1997, when 27,248 males in the United States were given the name Nicholas. That year was the most popular year for Nicholas since 1880, when U.S. records were kept for given names.[2]

The Eastern Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Anglican Churches celebrate Saint Nicholas every year on December 6, which is the name day for “Nicholas”. In Greece, the name and its derivatives are especially popular in maritime regions, as St. Nicholas is considered the protector saint of seafarers.