The other day some paper given was to me. It was just some sign-up sheets from the foyer, of which there are many others. These sign-up sheets were for the teen conducted “Feeding the Homeless” event. As I began to look at these sheets I became very impressed with what I was seeing. It wasn’t just that the teens had put this together, but just how many different people helped or contributed in some way. So I began counting until I reached well over 60 different families and people who were involved just with this one event. And these are only those who signed up! I know of several others who helped but never put their names down.
One of the many things I love about this congregation is just how much and how often you are willing to help and support each other. Helping to feed the homeless was just one small way. I took a few minutes to think of just a few others I know happen on a regular basis:
- Visiting the sick, shut-ins, elderly, and those in the hospital.
- Writing letters of encouragement.
- Bringing food to stock our pantry, which helps students and drop-ins.
- Bringing food to support the children’s home.
- Bringing groceries to members in need.
- Making meals for those who recently had a child, a surgery, a death in the family, or are just in need.
- Helping people with their auto and home maintenance, house cleaning, and childcare needs.
- Taking people to appointments, the airport, and worship services.
- Keeping our bulletin boards fresh.
- Helping people move.
- Teaching the kids, youth, young adult, or adult classes.
- Donating money, time, and effort to improve and maintain the building.
- Giving support to missionaries, BV students, etc.
- Organizing and hand out fruit baskets during the holidays.
- Picking up bread from the stores to keep the “bread table” stocked.
- Hosting the youth group in their homes for devotionals.
- Conducting Bible studies.
- Cleaning the church building.
- Restocking pew cards, pencils, etc.
- Working the welcome tables and ushering.
- Preparing the communion trays.
With more time, this list could easily have been three times as long. I appreciate what a loving and servant-hearted congregation we have. But this is nothing to boast about. We shouldn’t be conceited on any level because we are simply following Jesus’ example by being servants (Matthew 20:26-28).
Galatians 6:9-10 says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” It’s great to see so many who live these verses. Let’s keep serving the Lord!