“The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.” ~ Mark 6:30
This is how Mark describes the excitement the disciples experience after returning from being sent out two by two to witness to the villages all around. I picture a bunch of guys competing and bending Jesus’ ear telling all that happened, both good and bad. So, now I would like to bend your ear. Our congregation has been all over it. A full sense of service and sacrifice has filled the air around here in the last couple of months.
If you were not able to attend the church service a couple of weeks ago, you would have heard from the Haitian Guys, Frank Ditore and Bob Roney who told us of their time in Haiti. What a joy to hear of their time in service and and the response to all the supplies our congregation had sent (500 lbs). This is our third time to send a group to Haiti and each time we learn more about the great work of Haitian Homes for Haitian Children. I am reminded of the quote, “Think Globally and Act Locally”. The work of this congregation is touching a place that is a world a part in more ways than one. I am so grateful that you have embraced this work and bringing good news in word and deed to the world.
Secondly, our gathering of school supplies is over the top. We are able to help four separate groups. We supported McKendree Elementary with supplies. They put them in the backpacks and delivered them to kids in need right to their door step. This is a perfect example of a community working together to touch the needs of people just around the corner. We were also able to help a first time teacher set up her room. She was overwhelmed. Then we shared some with Maddie Hellsten who works with Blueprint 58, a non-profit that mentors 5th graders in the city of Atlanta. Our gifts, along with others, helped support 80 kids. We also shared with Table Ministries to touch the lives of children who are homeless right here in our community.
Thirdly, the care shown by our members for other members is over the top. People of all ages are giving of their time and support to care for sick and shut in members. The support in this area under the direction of Deanna Venzon is over whelming.
Finally, I am pleased to announce that the new carpet (that will be installed the week of August 13) is paid in full as a result of a hand full of large contributions. This took my breath away and eased by mind to be perfectly honest. If you are involved with a group that meets during that week, check with your ministry staff person to see if you are affected.
The Holy Spirit is alive and strong at our church and stories are being told all-around of the work of the disciples in this church. New Sunday school teachers, new members, and new outreach opportunities every day we awake.
Thank you, Christ the Lord. Next year we will celebrate 40 years of ministry. I can’t wait to watch how God will work with us in the future.
~In His Service