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Four Steps into Local Mission

This Sunday we will hear in the Gospel how Jesus answers the question “Who is my neighbor?”. In the parable, Jesus tells the inquirer that it is those who show mercy to those in need who prove to be true neighbors to those they meet.

We are a church with a variety of organized opportunities to live out the neighborliness to which we are called:

  1. Second Sunday Sandwiches: Stay after worship this Sunday as we make 100 lunches to be given away through the Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center. We have been partnering with them for over a year now and this has been a wonderful way to begin serving our nearest neighbors who are experiencing homelessness or significant hardship.

  2. Third Friday Bingo: Flowing out of the trust we have gained from our faithfulness with making lunches, we have been invited to build closer friendships with the Light House residents through a monthly Bingo Night. This is a family-friendly opportunity to share with our neighbors an evening of good company and hospitality. You can join in by coming along from 7-8:30pm on July 19. Email Ian to sign up. You can also donate towards the cost of the gift card prizes and hospitality. Go here, click “Give”, and select “Local Mission” from the dropdown to donate.

  3. The Seventh Day Adventist Food Bank: Our hosts provide a Food Bank on the Third Saturday each month. Please consider bringing non-perishable foods to help stock their pantry this Sunday. You can bring things like canned goods; granola bars; dried pasta or noodles; jars of sauce; and canned meat and vegetables.

  4. The Appalachia Service Project: Earlier this Summer a team from Redeemer served with ASP as they provided new build houses for people in unsafe dwellings in Johnson City, TN. This Sunday there will be an opportunity to hear the testimonies from this trip and learn how to get involved in this work next time around.

Our dream is to promote and proclaim the Gospel; giving ever more time, talent, and treasure to seeking the flourishing of our neighbors. It is clear that we are all in our own ways finding how we will fulfill this call in our work, families, and vocations.

These Local Mission opportunities are a part of the life of our Church and bring us together in visible witness for the sake of the Gospel, because when we the people of God serve together we are thereby enabled to show forth God’s love and express God’s welcome into his family.

See you Sunday,

Ian.