Sunday is the Big Game – Super Bowl 51. As with any big game, players must remain focused. Even in the midst of the crazy media and hype, some players get distracted. They get caught up in the excitement, and they take their eye off the job they have come to do. And what happens? They get in trouble — or worse, the team falls apart and they lose the big game.
This can happen to the church, too. We can get distracted, we can take our eye off the ball, and we can lose our focus. We can forget what it means to BE the church in, for, and with our neighbors.
Just in the past week, the people of Faith, by staying focused have made it possible to shine the love of Christ into the lives of our neighbors in a couple of very practical and powerful ways.
Last Thursday, Faith volunteers were at our partner school, McNair Elementary, to host the monthly Birthday Book Club. This is a program started and supported by Faith to provide a new book to every student at the school during their birthday month. On average, 50 books are given to students each month. All books are provided by donations from our Faith family. We have heard from students, teachers and parents about the positive impact this ministry has made.
This week, thanks to your ongoing generosity to our PIN (People in Need) Fund, Souper Bowl of Caring food items, Faith was able to help a young single mom of four children with food for her family and keep a roof over her head. Through one of our church members, she now has an interview for a potential new job.
These are two recent examples of the "on-the-front-lines" ministry happening at Faith each and every day. These ministries don't happen on their own. It takes the whole team. They require each of us doing our part to truly BE the hope and love of Christ for a hurting world.
I look forward to seeing you at worship as we gather to refocus ourselves at the end of a chaotic couple of weeks. Join us as we pray, worship and give thanks for all God has done and is doing in our midst.
Don’t forget, this is the first Sunday of the month and we will celebrate Holy Communion together. We will also take a special offering for our PIN fund.
P.S. — Remember: We will continue taking donations for the Souper Bowl of Caring food drive this Sunday.
We need new book donations (for grades K-5) to help promote literacy and community connections with our neighbors.
This is Scout Sunday. If you are a current Scout or Scout Leader, please wear your uniform to church so we may recognize you and offer our appreciation for the special ways you are in service to our community and the world.