Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Our shepherd Father Reiser has gone home

Our shepherd Father Bernard Reiser has gone home.

Beginning Friday, December 30 at 11 a.m. there will be a 24 hour vigil/wake service for Father Reiser in the main church, open to the public, with viewing. Vigil prayers will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 30, in the main church. Vigil will continue through the night on Friday, up until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Funeral will be Saturday, December 31 at 11 a.m. in the main church. There will be overflow seating in the gym and cafeteria with media feeds bringing the service to those areas of the building.

Church of the Epiphany
1900 111th Ave NW
Coon Rapids MN 55433

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Reiser Relief Inc. donation to provide 104,167 nutritious meals to families in Haiti

Reiser Relief Inc. had plans to donate $20,000, but more gifts came in and enable us to donate $25,000 which will provide the raw ingredients to produce 104,167 nutritious meals to families in Haiti. These MannaPak meal packets are made by Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), and the food is packaged in small pouches which have won rave reviews all over the world. While the formula was designed to save the lives of severely malnourished and starving children, the ingredients also improve the health, growth and physical well-being of children who are no longer in immediate danger of starvation. A team of food scientists continues to monitor the FMSC formula to ensure that it meets nutritional needs of the world’s hungry children.

A single bag of food—which provides highly nutritious meals for six children—costs around $1.44 to produce, and 93 percent of all donations to FMSC goes directly toward the food program.

Reiser Relief donated $10,000 to FMSC earlier this year and also in February 2010. President of Reiser Relief, Father Bernard Reiser has been working to support the poor in Haiti for more than 16 years. He incorporated Reiser Relief in 2007 to provide fresh water and food to Haitian families and support two schools, located in Cite Soleil and Lespinasse/Donte.

Photo: (Left) FMSC Executive Director Mark Crea and (Right) Major Gift Officer Lee Stephenson-Birkhold accepted the check at Feed My Starving Children headquarters in Coon Rapids.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

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Reiser Relief Inc. is a volunteer run non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded by Father Bernard Reiser of Coon Rapids, MN, its mission is to help the impoverished people of the Caribbean country of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Keep Father Reiser in your prayers

The people responsible for Father Reiser's affairs (not Reiser Relief staff) have asked use to release this statement: Father Reiser is ill and his health is deterorating. He is accepting his present situation, taking it day by day, and is in good spirits. No visitors until further notice. Please keep Father in your prayers. Cards can be sent to Epiphany.

The Church of Epiphany
c/o Father Reiser
1900 - 111th Ave NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

12/12/2011 Father Reiser has recently undergone brain surgery to address a rapidly growing cancer. Because the cancer affects Father's brain, his speech and memory are quickly deteriorating. He has returned to his apartment, but is unable to receive visitors. Please continue to pray for Father Reiser.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

got milk? - and some Haitian cookies?

Got Milk? It's a well known phrase and commercial and we all know what a great combination Milk and Cookies are.

Below is a common Haitian family cookie recipe.

Haitian Dirt Cookie Recipe

In a large bucket or bowel, sift in the dirt, shortening or oil and maybe some salt.

Gradually whisk in the water stirring continuously to produce a heavy liquid batter until it becomes smooth and creamy – a little kneading maybe necessary to help water penetrate all the grains of dirt evenly. Other ingredients maybe added deepening on personal preference. It should be noted, many recipes are handed down from generation to generation.

For better results - use pure clean fresh drinkable water.

Batter consistency - It can be more in a paste form or more liquidity - the "baking" time will differ. For better results it’s preferable to make the cookies on a nice clear sunny day so to allow the heat of the sun to fully bake the cookies dry in the open air. Depending the month of the year, the summer months with a hot scorching sun will produce a finished product faster and can be brought to markets sooner and be sold on the streets.

If the batter is in more in a paste form, the batter can spooned out into a 3 inch dollops or dough ball and then take the spoon to flatten out to about 4 inches to 6 inches round. With a liquidity batter mixture, pour the creamy rich batter out onto a level tarp, here again take the spoon to flatten out to about 4 inches to 6 inches.

Tis the season to bake cookies - but a new recipe is needed for these the dirt cookies are not nutritious, but they do fill your stomach, so the locals report.

Let's get the dirt out --

Depending on your palate, it’s been reported that the dirt cookies have an unpleasant taste. A reporter sampling a cookie found that it had a smooth consistency and sucked all the moisture out of the mouth as soon as it touched the tongue. For hours, an unpleasant taste of dirt lingered.

Your financial support makes it possible for us to feed children and families in Haiti. Nutritious meal packets cost less than $1.50 to produce and 94 percent of all gifts going to the feeding program, your gift will go a long way in the fight against hunger.

A single packet of food provides highly nutritious meals for six children and our produce by Feed My Starving Children.

$52 provides 216 MannaPack meals - $208 provides 864 meals for patients in a malnourishment clinic - $855 will fill ½ pallet with MannaPack meals to support a mountain village - $1710 provides an entire pallet of meals.

Let’s clean the tummies and get the dirt out - Help fill a stomach with real food.