Mission and ministry comes in lots of different shapes and sizes. And now that it's August, we began talking about Fall & Winter at staff meeting this morning. I can't help but be excited about some of the opportunities we'll have as a church family this year.
First of all, it's been a few years since we've had an actual "church picnic" and this September, we hope to do just that - complete with pie baking contest, games, and activities for kids. Oh - and burgers and hot dogs too.
In the spirit of St. Francis, we'll once again be blessing the animals this Fall - watch for the date. And plan to bring your furry family members to church - we'd love to meet them and we'd especially love to pray God's blessing on them.
Then it will be "R.I.S.E." Sunday at the beginning of October - and yes, we can thank Bruce Springsteen once again for our theme song, so plan on practicing it in worship during the month of September! This year, we'll gather at 9 am for worship and then we'll spend the rest of the morning making pillow-case dresses for needy girls in Africa, we'll be packing 750 lunches and packaging at least a zillion utensils & napkins to be delivered to the Trenton Soup Kitchen, we'll be making "necessity kits" for homeless youth in Bucks Country, and of COURSE the Rise Against Hunger organization will be here to guide us once again in packaging another 13,000+ meals to be used for world-wide hunger relief. Mark your calendar!
Then on Sunday afternoon, October 14, St. John's will be participating in the Doylestown Crop Hunger Walk, sponsored by Church World Service. This is a mission activity that the whole family can participate in and we're excited to be a part of it this year.
And then there is a brand new and exciting opportunity to add to your Advent calendar this year. On Sunday evening, December 16, St. John's will be presenting our first (and perhaps annual) Drive-Thru Live Nativity, complete with all of the characters in the Christmas story, music, and yes, of course - the animals will be here too - we'll even have a camel with us. This wonderful and heartwarming event will take place around the perimeter of our parking lot, allowing cars to slowly drive through and experience the scenes of the Christmas story - St. John's gift to both our congregation and our surrounding community.
And these are just a FEW of the many opportunities in mission and ministry in the upcoming months. It will be an exciting time, and a faith-filled time. We can't wait to tell you more about the details and we especially can't wait to make a difference for Christ - with your help, of course. Watch for details!