I Quit Going to Church

Dear Church,

Tis the season … for giving! Sometimes we say it like this, “It’s entirely possible to give without loving but it’s impossible to love without giving!” And love, expressed in giving, is one of the things Christ’s people (the church) have always done well (even when it’s not Christmas!) because, when God’s heart is formed in his people, they give! Like Father, like children! “For God so loved the world that he gave …”

That has certainly been (and is being) true of GC during this holiday (Thanksgiving and Christmas) season.

The number of Thanksgiving dinners (complete with Honey Baked Ham, real mashed potatoes, homemade pumpkin pie, etc.) we helped provide for families in need was up to 39 this year.

One “thank you” card we received said, “Dear friends in Christ, I can’t thank you enough for the fine food you gave me at Thanksgiving. It was good and so much of it. May God richly bless you for the love you have and show. God bless.”

Then we partnered with Life Spring Church here in town (and a few others) to help provide Christmas gifts for some families. Their email to us this week contained the following picture and these words,

 I wanted to take a few minutes to thank all of those who helped with our Adopt-a-Family this Christmas. We were able to help 35 families (81 people) this season. This would not be possible without all of you. 
 

We’re also in process of collecting gifts for the moms and kids living at the Beadle Complex (a ministry that helps single moms with children get their feet under them). And we’ll be receiving a Christmas Eve love offering for a couple of pastors’ families that serve smaller, but critically important ministries here on our district.

I tell you all this to say two things:

  1. THANK YOU for your generosity!!!!!
  2. This is (some of) what it looks like to “be the church!”

 

Filled with joy and gratitude,

Joel