In an effort to move our church from the old model of internal ministry to a more kingdom oriented missional effort, we are beginning with a theme called "Be the Church." As you know, the church is not the building, but the people. We, therefore, are called not to just come and sit, but to go and "be the church" in our community and around the world.
It begins here, but as I shared last year during our Acts 1:8 focus, the idea of being God's witnesses here and globally must take place simultaneously. We have a team going to the Far East next week to serve and one of our pastors is actually in Honduras this week looking over a site that has been secured for a new church plant. This global effort is not optional, but it must not be all we do.
Beginning in May you will hear more about the "Be the Church" movement and I pray that you all get caught up in it. To be caught up in a movement, something bigger than ourselves is exciting.
However, with Spring Break upon us beginning Friday, we have an opportunity to "be the church" beginning next Monday, April 5. Here's the info regarding this opportunity:
Over spring break we have been given the opportunity to help a lady in our community who has a very aggressive form of cancer. No one can tell her if this cancer will take her life or not, but Melissa Wheeler is full of life and hope.
Our goal is to love, encourage, and make her living conditions as safe and healthy as we possibly can.
Here is what we are doing: On April 5 we are going to be painting the interior of her house. We are estimating that this will take about 3 days. On Thursday and Friday we are going to be getting things back in order and giving the house a deep "good ole fashioned" spring cleaning.
Though over Spring Break, this is not a student ministry project. We are looking for "the church" to step up and be the people God has called us to be. The church is about movement and action not sitting and listening, so let's get our hands dirty and "be the church" in our community.
DETAILS: Meet in the church parking lot on Monday morning at 9am. We will travel together to Melissa Wheeler's home. We will work each day from 9am to 4pm. If you cannot work each day or cannot meet at the church parking lot at 9am, just meet us at her home.
Here's her address:
2467 Lakeview Drive
Orange Park, FL 32073
This is just the beginning. I envision our two campuses going throughout our respective communities and discovering where we can serve. It may be a neighbor's home, a public park, a community center. The opportunities are endless, but we must have the vision to see it. You, your family and/or your small group can do this. More info to come, but in the meantime, join us next week as we serve and continue praying as this movement grows.