Saturday, November 17, 2007

Servant Evangelism

Sunday afternoon, November 11th, almost 50 people gathered at the church to go out for "Sunday Serve". There were four ways for the folk to serve.
1) Go door to door and offer a free 9 volt battery for the home's smoke detector. We told the people that God cared about their lives and so did we; therefore, we wanted to give them a battery as a gift. We gave away 100 batteries.
2) Go to a local nursing home to visit those who seldom have visitors. We got the room numbers of 7-8 people and sent the folk out to "love up on them". We just wanted them to know that God had not forgotten about them.
3) Go the Crisis Center and sort bunches and bunches of clothes so that the staff would be free to better serve those who come in needing assistance. This is a dirty job but somebody needs to do it!
4) Those who could not go out got on their knees and prayed for those who went out and for those who were being served. Without the Spirit of God going before us and behind us our efforts are in vain!
As we gathered together after our service projects there were so many smiles as we experienced the joy of serving in Jesus' name.

November 11th was also the day that everyone returned the Operation Christmas Child boxes filled with goodies, toys and necessities for children around the world. We had 64 boxes collected and delivered to Samaritan's Purse. Many of us got to experience the joy of sharing in the name of Jesus!

Upcoming Service Projects: 1) Community Thanksgiving Meal - Several area churches combine their efforts on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to provide a nice meal for shut-ins, the elderly and anyone else who would like a hot meal. Several in our congregation are very involved in this project.
2) Rally Point for the Christian Bikers "Toys for Tots" Ride - Several hundred bikers tour the county and distribute free toys to underprivileged children. Our church serves free coffee and cookies to all the bikers and the families of the children while they are on our parking lot.
3) GIFT Shop - "God Inspired Free Toys". Several of our young adults and others have been prompted to start this new ministry. The week before Christmas they will be giving new and gently used toys to underprivileged children in the community.

It is exciting to see so many people putting on their "service aprons" and discovering the joy of sacrifice for Jesus.

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