It's awesome to hear different voices and languages coming together in the name of Christ! We held a joint service in English and Spanish today.
We also recognized our Sunday school teachers for the year. We are a small (but growing) congregation and it is amazing to see more than a dozen teachers committed to teaching adult and children Sunday school classes.
We also had a member of our congregation share that she stopped to help someone on the side of the road this week, because of what she learned at our Wednesday Vespers service about helping others. It's great to see God working through our services!
The refugee crisis in Europe was on the minds of everyone in the congregation this Sunday. We all remember the images this week of the little boy whose body washed up on the shore of a Turkish beach. The sermon this week was based on Mark 7:24-37. The passage is about Jesus healing gentiles - people whom those around Jesus would not want to associate with. The message reminded us that as Christians we are called to provide our help and support everywhere in the world. Although it is important to take care of those in need in our own communities, it is also important for Christians to be ready to respond with love when tragedies such as a refugee crisis emerge in the world.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is already actively engaged in helping migrant families with emergency food vouchers and other supplies. You can donate to UMCOR to support relief efforts any time and 100% of your donation will go towards relief programs.
Please pray for all refugees who are affected by the ravages of war.