June 27th News

June 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we will conclude our discussion on How Is the Church Going?

For the last 3 weeks, we have been talking about how to evaluate a church. It isn’t as easy as you might expect. Most of the times we will either consciously or subconsciously fall back on these 4 criteria:

1) How many people are coming?

2) What’s happening? (programs/ministries)

3) Are the people happy?

4) Is the church financially stable?

As we studied these things, we discovered that they are not a very good gauge in the spiritual world (they are good for the physical world). In fact, they are not even Biblical!

So, how do we answer the question How Is the Church Going?— because it’s important. What are the things we can look at and think about?

There are probably a lot of  things we could look at, but this week I just want to focus on a couple. I found them in the Gospel of Matthew and they are part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. In this sermon, Jesus covers a lot of territory– but one of the thsaltings he talks about is what his disciples/followers will be like:

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

(Matthew 5:13-16)

What does Jesus mean here? And how does that help us answer questions about the effectiveness of  a church?

Good questions– come Sunday and find out!

Check out the “announcements” below…

Grace and peace,

Doug

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What’s Happening at Grace2F…

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Hilltop Community church has invited anyone interested to join them for a day at the beach for a church picnic. Bring games, sunscreen, any food you want, a towel and a smile. There may even be a surf board or two to try out.

When: June 27, 2:00pm–6:00pm

Where: 78th Street beach access.

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Russell House Ministry Opportunity

Right across the street from our church is a HUD housing project for Senior Citizens in the Virginia Beach area. It is called Russell House and they are in need of some loving, caring helping hands.

Russell House has received some government stimulus money and are renovating the 112 (ish) apartments in their facility. This will include re-doing all the kitchens.elderly20ladies

As you might guess, as nice as this is, it is a bit of a challenge to prepare the residents for the renovation. Each kitchen must be emptied for the demolition and then items returned after the renovation. The folks there need some help to make this happen.

If you are interested in joining the team from Grace family Fellowship, let me know (doug.haupt@grace2f.org)  Here is the basic information… We will be learning how this will work best as we go.

WHEN:The renovation begins the week of July 12th and will continue through February. Volunteers could help during days or evenings. We have a meeting time scheduled for Wednesday July 7th at  10:00am at Russell House to introduce ourselves and our services (how we can help them) to the first group of residents to get “renovated”.

WHAT: Packing up the kitchen for a resident. Boxes will be provided. The items will need to be placed in another space in the resident’s apartment. You may need to work with the resident to keep necessary items available (the construction will be a 2 day process). After the renovation is complete, you will return and “set-up” the new kitchen.

WHAT DO YOU NEED:Basically a heart to love and serve. I do not believe that this will be physically demanding. A big part of what we are doing is walking with someone through a process that could be a bit confusing or disruptive. You will probably need patience.

WHO: You; your friends; your kids. Any one. Any students will need to have an adult supervising– but I think this is a great opportunity for our kids to brighten a senior’s day/week/month/year.

I don’t know how much we can help– but I do know that this is a way we can impact our community in a very tangible way.

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