I have spoken and written about placing an emphasis on celebrating missional faithfulness in the past, active missional engagement in the present, and expectantly looking ahead toward new missional opportunities in the future. Today, I want to highlight opportunities for missional engagement in the present.
On Sunday, September 25, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., we will host a Community Health Fair. Nurses, a pharmacist, and healthcare professionals in our congregation and community will be on available to provide services, screenings, consultations, and screenings. Our local EMS and Fire Department will have vehicles on site for display. Local individuals and businesses have donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and other items to hand out.
Saturday, October 8, beginning at 9:00 A.M., we will serving out in the community with our Make a Difference in Olde Town Day. We have arranged several service projects in Olde Town such as window washing and yard cleanup to help our neighbors nearby. On the same day, the Olde Town community will be hosting a yard sale on our upper parking lot. We are heading in the right direction when on the same day, we are both hosting the community and heading out into the community.
Our Community Fall Festival is on the evening of our final day of IT’S TIME, Sunday, October 30. This annual event allows us to again, invite the community to with us to celebrate, and allows parents to have a safe place to bring their children during the Halloween season.
One ongoing ministry we hope to begin during IT’S TIME is Backpack Buddies. Many children at Madison Heights Elementary School come to school hungry on Monday mornings. For many of them, the only meals they eat are the meals provided at school. With Backpack buddies, we would provide a backpack filled with food to be sent home with children on Friday afternoon. After the backpacks are returned on Monday, we will then re-pack them, ready for another weekend of nourishment for a child who needs it.
I want to thank each person that has helped to plan and prepare for these ministries: Mary Ellen Bryant, Lesley Clark, Bonnie and Jerry Mayberry, Loretta Ragland, and Ellen Saunders. If you would like to be involved, please contact any of these wonderful missionaries.
As IT’S TIME…a Journey Toward Missional Faithfulness approaches, I hope you are already prayerfully preparing for this missional journey we will go on together. I hope you will consider getting involved in any or all of these missional opportunities. God bless.