Be the Church 2017

Seeking to make the invisible love of God visible

June 9-11, 2017

Our deepest appreciation to our BE THE CHURCH leaders and to our nearly 200 volunteers who participated in our recent weekend of gratitude, service, and worship.

In the first letter of John we read: “Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18). In other words, love is a verb; without action, it is only a word. This past weekend we witnessed love in action all over this campus – and all over our community.  

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Our Be the Church weekend was a huge success!  Many thanks to the 195 (we almost cracked 200!) of you who participated, as well as our Church School and everyone who so generously brought in supplies.  I am (as the Brits would say) gob-smacked by God’s grace, and by your willingness to be His hands and feet to those in need.

From the bottoms of Columbus to our men and women overseas,

  • from gratitude baskets to our fire & police stations to worship led in homes and retirement communities,
  • from picking up litter to remind a community of its beauty to painting flower pots and planting gardens,
  • from handmade cards of love for the homeless to baked goods for our homebound,

you all reached out and made a difference in a million ways.

I wish I had the time to share so many stories with you – how our first responders were “shocked and delighted” by our remembrance of them, how our litter league interacted with local residents, how love was shared in such concrete ways at Common Ground Free Store and St. Johns, how furniture was restored, food and flowers joyously shared with those who felt a bit isolated, prayer shawls knit, our brave soldiers remembered.  Since I don’t have the time to share all these stories with you at length, please look at the slideshow box above to see photos from the weekend–with the hope that a picture really is worth a million words!

Huge thanks to all our leaders, especially the amazing Penny Hampshire, and to ALL our volunteers!  You fill this heart.

As my friend Tracey says, “May God’s blessings overflow to you this week”,