* whatcha gonna do? …

Posted on January 24th, 2010 by melinda in The Church House

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Happy Sunday!  It’s rainy and dreary out today … but I must tell you, I am excited.  Tonight is our first Sunday Night Serve.  What is a Sunday Night Serve?  Well, let me splain it to you.  We will all meet up down at the Church House round about 4:00 this afternoon and spend the afternoon serving others.  There will be service opportunities for all ages, shapes and sizes.  The options today include, making and delivering food boxes.  (Just as a side note here, our food pantry is still in need of your donations.  We were able to deliver around 18 boxes, when all was said and done, for Christmas, but the needs of our community did not come to an end on Jan. 1.  So please keep that in mind when you do your grocery shopping.  Right now, we could really use some canned meat products)  If you know anyone who may be in need of food, please let us know.  The second option today is visiting and singing at our local nursing homes.  We did this at Christmas too and the folks there really enjoyed it and from what I hear, all who went had a great time.  The third option for today is a new ministry for us.  At least as far as being an organized ministry, it’s new.  We will begin our card sending project today.  This is the option I plan to participate in today.  I love cards.  Love to send them, love to get them.  I could spend an entire afternoon browsing the card isle of any store.  If you know someone who may need or enjoy receiving a card, please let me know their address.  My family has plans to divide & conquer between all 3 service opportunities today.  Richard and Anna want to do food boxes, Chrisi is planning to go to the nursing home … see, something for everyone. 

I realize these may not seem like earth shattering or life changing projects, but they are.  We all have to begin somewhere.  It is clearly our responsibility as Christians to serve our neighbors.  And, as mr. preacher mans message clarified this morning … everyone is your neighbor.  The Bible is very clear about serving, Jesus was the ultimate servant.  I think the most poignant thing that Eric said this morning was this “you can know the Bible front to back, but if you aren’t living it, what good does it really do you”?  I believe that.  I believe the Bible is to be lived, not merely read.  I, myself, am not always a shining example of that, but I am striving to be.  Everyday, I am striving to live what I say I believe. 

I thought I would include a few of my favorite scriptures on serving others … just in case you may want to check them out for yourself and consider doing some serving others yourself.

1 Corinthians 10:24 (New International Version)

24Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.

Galations 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Philippians 2: 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  (I did a tote bag for a friend this week that had this very verse on it).  love it.

When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:39-40  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Old testament, New testament … they are both chock full of scriptures about serving others.  I know what I plan to do.  I hope you will take a minute to ask yourself … what are you going to do?

me.

4 Comments on “* whatcha gonna do? …”

  1. Bobbi

    I am bummed out because I didn’t get to go to church yesterday or today to serve. I have been waiting for so long to be a part of something bigger than just going to church & home again. Caleb started having chest pains after eating dinner when we got home from church. I tried to assess the situation & tell him how long a trip to the ER would be but he insisted the pain was bad enough to go. We took him but the pain ended before he actually saw the Dr. We stayed to get him examined anyway. The Dr didn’t find anything that would cause the pain said to follow up with reg. DR. Thank you for the prayers that went up for him as we were enroute to the ER. Who knows, maybe that is what caused the pain to subside. I look forward to the next mission we do I sure hope I get to be a part of it. Love to all those who were a part of serving & love to those who can’t be a part for one reason or another & especially love to those who are in need of our service in one way or another. Jesus loves you all & I do too.

  2. melinda

    Bobbi, we missed y’all too but i sure am glad caleb is ok. There will be lots more upcoming opportunities! love you too.

  3. Judy

    Sorry I didn’t get to come either. Rickey’s cousin died and they had a memorial service for him and we didn’t get out till after 4:00.
    I know this is a great progect for our church. Love ya!

  4. Tony Jones

    As I have told you before when I see the things your church does as opposed to what so many bigger churches do I think you should be proud. Although I’m sure Eric or any member of your church would never want to be given any praise for it.

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