Greetings all in the name of Christ!
At the end of worship last week, I announced the return of our backpack blessing. Every August for at least the last 5 years, the congregation has purchased backpacks stuffed with school supplies to donate to the local YMCA. Last year, we donated them to Burrus Elementary, and we’re doing that again this year. However, after consulting with staff at Burrus, the students need more than just backpacks. They need school uniforms, and so we agreed to provide those, too.
Beginning this Sunday, you’ll find a Christmas tree set up in the gathering area of the Sanctuary adorned with lots of backpack and clothing tags. These tags vary in estimated value, and they have a list of needed supplies or clothing items. Pick up one or two tags, go shopping, and bring everything back to the church. You can drop them by the church office, or in the Sanctuary when you come to worship. We’ll gather and store all of the backpack and uniform items, then during worship on Sunday, August 25th, we’ll ask God to bless them and the kiddos who will receive them.
Also, we are beginning conversations to begin a new feeding ministry. As most of you know, we have a food pantry that provides food to those in need every Thursday from 2 – 4:30 PM. While the need for food pantries in our immediate area has decreased over the years, we still have a very steady group of people who rely on our program. However, I would like to do more to reach out to the hungry of Houston, especially children. We’ve asked a few local elementary schools to give us an idea of how many of their students don’t get food over the weekend. My hope is that we’ll be able to partner with these schools to send nutritious food home with children who would otherwise go without. This would mean a whole new corps of volunteers would be needed to oversee this weekly project. But if we are able to help a child not be hungry over the weekend when they are away from the free cafeteria food, then I feel we must do what we can. If funding or volunteering for this potential new ministry interests you, please contact me.
Finally, this week in worship, we will talk about another key part of the Sermon on the Mount by examining a phrase that is super easy to say but is perhaps the most difficult thing that Jesus asks us to do. Read the scripture we’ll be focusing on by clicking here
See you this Sunday in the YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?! place!
Yours in Christ,