October 1, 2020
In this sermon, Pastor Kling explores the meaning of Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan in conversation with Mr. Rogers’ famous saying that in the midst of emergencies we should “look for the helpers.” Jesus’ command for us to “go and do likewise” challenges us not just to look for helpers, but to become helpers–to become neighbors.
We also celebrate World Communion Sunday with our global “neighbors” today as millions of Christians around the globe all celebrate communion as a world-wide fellowship of believers. Have the nearest thing to bread and juice nearby so you can join Pastor Hunsicker as he leads the sacrament.
Our local neighborhood outreach project this sermon series focuses on the work of Second Mile Preschool, which serves the families in the Terry Heights and Hillendale Neighborhoods. We are putting together bags of children’s books and crafts to support at-home learning for these families. If you would like to purchase a book – simply visit the amazon shopping list by clicking the button below and then make a purchase. If you have an idea of a craft to put in the bags, contact Mary McDowell at email@example.com
As part of this new series we are going to be offering neighborhood prayer groups that meet in a front lawn near you. Check out the map below to see the neighborhood shepherds we currently have available. These shepherds are hosting the prayer groups in their front lawns one day a week. Even when you’re not able to meet in person, it is nice to know there is someone near you who cares. Now, more than ever, it’s good to know that when we can’t carry on, God’s family carries us.
If you look at the map below and you’re not sure which group you might fit in or you see that your neighborhood is currently marked as TBD please contact our Associate Pastor, Dave Hunsicker at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are finalizing these groups and he would be delighted to assist you.
Invite everyone to stand (or sit) in a circle in your front lawn with 6-ft distance between each family grouping. Families do not need to social distance but should remain socially distant from other family units. These meetings are intentionally designed to be brief—so you do not need to provide chairs or refreshments for the group.
We offer a small worship service at 10AM. Based on a congregational survey, we anticipate most folks to continue worshipping online – so we will continue to provide excellent worship resources and videos each Sunday for those at home. Together we are united in our commitment to one another and our commitment to Christ, whether worshipping in-person or online!
No reservation or permission is required to attend worship in the sanctuary. However, all participants must wear a mask (we will have some available for you!) and we request that you take your temperature and use the restroom before leaving your home.
The elders request that you make a careful and informed decision about the best way for you to worship in June. For those who intend to attend worship in person, please read the following guidelines carefully when making your decision.
For your convenience, here are all the links you need to participate in today’s service!
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