Faith In Action

What an adrenaline rush!
The Bears / Packers game on Monday night was crazy exciting! (And quite satisfying IF you are a Bears fan!)
But that is NOT the adrenaline rush I am talking about.
I am talking about the excitement produced by Faith In Action at ACC this past Sunday, September 26th. This was the 3rd annual event where we cancel our two morning worship services. Instead, we scatter throughout our community for 2-3 hours to humbly serve others. The challenge: rather than GO to church – to better yet BE the church. We then wrapped up a full day with a Celebration Service in our gym followed by a delicious pizza party together.
The highlights:
•?We had well over 140 people enthusiastically involved in the various service projects.
•?We served at 13 homes of the elderly – including such things as cleaning gutters, raking, trimming bushes, scraping / painting, and washing a lot of windows. We are building some solid, loving relational bridges as we have been at some of these homes for 3 years in a row now. These dear folks are so grateful for the help. They know someone cares!??•?We were at 6 different local grocery stores handing out fliers as shoppers entered – encouraging them to purchase a few extra food items to deposit in our box on their way out. So many responded in a most generous way!
•?Others canvassed various neighborhoods, where earlier in the week we hung over 1,200 door hangers warning people that we were coming on Sunday morning! Our folks did a lot of walking and collected even more food donations.
•?We collected a total of at least 3,061 food items – it was a mountain of food! All that we collected was donated to the Wheeling Township Food Pantry. Our strategic partnership with them in recent years has been very fruitful.
•?Thelma Talamantes, Director of General Assistance of Wheeling Township offices joined us as our special guest at our Celebration Service. She spoke of the tremendous needs within our community and thanked us for our help. Her words were insightful and encouraging.
Consider the words from the New Testament book of James –
14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17
Together as a church we are joyously learning that our faith must translate into serving others – especially those most in need in our community.
Did you participate in Faith In Action? What was your experience like? What did you see? What did you learn? What impressions were you left with
?I am already eager for next year! Plan now to be a part of the action – it is a total rush!