January 6th, 2019
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered. (Proverbs 11:24-25)
We talk about our mission. We put it in the bullitan, we publish it in the newsletter. Occasionally, the pastor preaches on it. But are we fulfilling the mission of the church?
“The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and to change lives and our Community - one person at a time.”
So how are we doing? Are Disciples being made? Is the World being transformed? Are we changing lives and our community?
Over the next year, we will be highlighting disciple making, world transforming, people changing, community reinvigorating stories. We will give God the credit, we will give God the Glory, we will humble ourselves before the God who saves us and sanctifies us.
Our first stories are really a thank you to God and to each of you. Over the Christmas Season God poured out His generosity through us to provide literally hundreds of children and families a blessing.
We began by collecting over 200 jars of peanut butter for the Jackson County Christmas Store. It was fun to watch the Conference Room fill up with all kinds of peanut butter. This much needed protein in essential. Even though the poverty rate in Jackson Country (8.2%) is lower than the national average (14%), our rural setting makes access to services and transportation a huge challenge. The Christmas Bureau (Store) through God’s grace and your faithfulness to give back what God has given you, made a real difference. A total of 129 families were served. A total of 370 children got food and presents and experienced God’s goodness.
God provides, you give, lives are changed.