As I was driving to church a few mornings ago I realized I was feeling a deep sense of peace. Why should I be having this deep feeling of peace, I asked myself. I mean my wife and I had just moved out of an area that had been home for us for a long period of time. We're at a new church, trying
to get comfortable in a new community and new role. I thought that morning as I was driving to church, am I not supposed to be feeling some sort of dissonance right now because of all this change? And don't get me wrong, I do at times. But at that moment it wasn't there. All I felt was
a deep sense of peace and contentment. Then I realized why. I felt at home. And I became grateful for where God has placed my wife and I. I felt grateful to call Orange my home. I felt grateful for you. I felt grateful for the ministry that He has given us here, to the community of
A prayer of mine has been, God, how can we reach out with your love and compassion to this community that you have placed our church in? I feel like one answer to this question that is in front of us is VBS (Vacation Bible School), which we will be putting on August 17-21. VBS is an
important outreach to families in our community. On the week of August 17 we will be hosting a number of children from our community and sharing with them about the love of Jesus. On Sunday, August 23, we will have a VBS theme service in which the children who participated will be a part and their families will be invited. This is an excellent way for us to share and show the love of Jesus to children and families in our community who might not have a relationship with God and are distant from Him.
So this Sunday, July 26, after service at around 11:30, we will walk the neighborhood around the church passing out flyers advertising VBS. I would also love for this to be an opportunity for us to pray as we are walking, praying for God to bless the people of our neighborhood and to draw children and families to our church to experience salvation, healing, transformation, and the beautiful love of Jesus. The time to pass out flyers is a great opportunity to not only advertise VBS but to pray for and bless our surrounding community. We will be breaking up into teams to
walk the neighborhood. I encourage you that if you have the time between 11:30-12:30am on Sunday to consider taking part in this ministry to our community. We will also be grabbing lunch together afterwards if you can make it :)
Please come and be a part as we reach out to the children and families of our neighborhood!
Look forward to being with you on Sunday!