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We have been challenged to come up with ideas for how to serve our community generously over the last few weeks. God, however, has been working among us. For the last two Wednesday night dinners, individuals with special needs and unique problems have shown up at our doorstep, joined us for dinner and asked for help. Our congregation has been responsive to them, welcoming them to dinner, to their particular table and trying genuinely to include, connect with and help them. These issues are much larger that what we can handle and so unique that it's been a humbling, prayer-filled experience for us all. More than that, and inspired by the For Sale video, our congregants have organized a clothing drive for the month of June. I'm very excited...
During our second week of the Loving Generously series:
1. We had 61 volunteers serving and sorting at our North Gwinnett Coop Saturday sorting more than 3 tons of food.
2. We had volunteers taking Senior Pictures for students at Lanier High that could not afford to have Senior Pictures taken.
3. We had more than 2 dozen women collecting baby clothes, maternity clothes and baby needs for teen expecting moms through our LIFT Ministry.
4. We had a block party feeding program in an underfunded community along with a concert and about 40 volunteers.
All of this last week - More to come!
One way that Loving Generously is being expressed by our church is coming alongside 3 foster families in the community through Promise686.
Last Saturday, May 3rd, we had an awesome 1-2-A event! Our music and worship was led by Simonton Elementary School Chorus. They blessed us with Christian and inspirational songs. We had inspirational messages from Simonton lead principal, the assistant principal, and me. We also honored students and mentors who were involved in our Kids Hope USA mentoring program at the school. We had giveaways for the students and at the end we “fellowshipped” (to the students it was a huge pizza party with other snacks, cake and drinks). I am trying to keep this short so I will say God was glorified as we showed the love of Christ to our community.
This 1-2-A event was extremely well attended by the parents, other students, and people in the community. We have...
Lakewood Church of Hope had an awesome start! We had several members share about they ways we went out of our way to bless others out in the community. People shared about everything from purchasing breakfast for elderly to coming to the rescue by driving across town to pick up members stranded on the highways!
I even shared about how my job, at the Wyndham, had a job fair hosted by Aldi. There were many male youth coming in dressed like "thugs" just to fill out applications. I told each one to "go back home and come back with proper attire". (They didn't know that I spoke with Aldi Staffing and that was the primary requirement, without proper attire the application was not going to been considered.) When the young men came back, and many of them did, they looked totally different!...
On Resurrection Sunday at Rehoboth Christian Church (Tucker, GA), we had the best turnout for the year. We handed out 26 live olive trees at the end of service. We are fully immersed in the teachings of agape love. This past Sunday many were brought to tears as they experienced the love of God as illustrated in the narrative of Joseph. The spirit of generosity is in the air as people have begun sowing more to bless others, and not just our congregation.
Does Loving Generously really change lives? Will the movement of uniting churches for 40 Days really have an impact? Watch how one pastor and his family have changed one life through love after being inspired by this challenge to love generously: http://youtu.be/j-P407r6w7c The life of this one young man has changed dramatically and eternally after being "taken in" by a local Duluth, GA Pastor, Brian Holland, and his family.
Hello! Candace here, the Co-ordinate for the 1-2-A Campaign! We are a small ministry with a great big heart. We anticipate our love to flip the community "up-side down". Stay tuned!
After we completed Living Generously last year we saw a major shift in not only the giving, but in our volunteer base. Therefore, when we saw that the new series (Loving Generously) was out I couldn't wait to see what God was going to do. Our church has been a predominantly white congregation over the years. However, in the last five years God has expanded our church to a multicultural congregation. My heart's desire as a pastor has been to see it grow even more in a range from young to old, poor to rich & to be able to look into the congregation and see so many different nationalities, because then I would know that we are truly reaching the harvest that God has placed around us. I can honestly say now, that after Loving Generously, our church is at a place where we are seeing the...
Sugar Hill Church is so excited about partnering with churches both during and beyond the 40 days of One to Another! Our focus, teaching, and mission efforts will all be pointed toward partnering with and serving our communities in such a way that God would be honored in all that we do and that people will experience His love through our Kingdom service. The concept that the modern American church would use its wonderful diversity for the sake of serving one another is both motivating and dynamically New Testament focused. Let’s do this in a big way…together!