August – 2018
I’m so pleased with the expanding ways that our congregation is getting into the community and helping those in greatest need. I know I’m brand new to this, only being in the community for 3 years, but community ministry is the thing that excites me the most about this congregation.
We have so many ongoing ministries to those in need in the community, that have evolved over the years into the ministries they are today—feeding the community in the fall with Stagecoach Days pie and the October Fall Dinner, hosting families in our church each summer and winter, ministries that individuals in our community do with those who are blind, who are in hospice, who are young and needing mentors, who are Reading Buddies, the list goes on.
Now we’ve added a (Huge) Little Free Library to the Elementary School, expanded our help for families experiencing homelessness in Washington County, and started weeding the overgrown gardens at Wyoming Elementary. The people of this congregation aren’t good at tooting their own horns, so I’m sure there are multiple other things we are doing in the community that I never hear about and never see.
But I know that you love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength, and you love your neighbor as yourself so that each day, each week you are working for good in the world.
One of the questions I have been asking myself lately when I feel God urging me to do ministry out in the community and I’m tempted to stay in the safe shell of my church office, is “A year from now, would what you do in your office during this time be more meaningful/more memorable than what you are being called to do out in the community?” Of course, the answer is always ‘no,’ and that helps me get off my duff and out the door.
One of the things I encourage you to do this month of August is to ask yourself that question: “Is what I’m doing in the comfort of my home more significant, more meaningful than what I feel like God is calling me to do instead?” And after you ask yourself that question, act upon your answer.
I’m so grateful to be pastor of a congregation that is other-focused and ministry focused. What a blessing you are to me and to the community!