Sharing God’s Gifts

Dear FRC Family,

In just a few short weeks there will be a distribution offering for The Haven, an organization that provides emergency overnight shelter to our homeless neighbors.  As I sat down to write to you about why I think it’s a good idea for FRC to give to a local homeless shelter, I was reminded of our memory verse from Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you want them to do to you.”  In our devotion around the breakfast table this morning, my kids and I read about God’s gifts to us in Ephesians 2:4-7:

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

As Emma and Connor unscrambled a list of those gifts, they learned that while we can’t “out-kind God,” we can work to show people how valuable they are to Him.

On Sunday, March 4th, we will all have an opportunity to show some of our homeless neighbors how valuable they are by sharing some of those gifts from God.  Starting next week in the Friday emails and in your Sunday bulletins will be a list of items needed for The Haven.  Maybe you have questions, or just want to better understand who and what The Haven is.  On both February 18th and 25th there will be a chance to get some of those questions answered.  Look for our table in the lobby before and after worship.  Joann Hoover, myself and Mary Williford, a volunteer staff member from The Haven, will be there to answer your questions.  Also on February 25th, Kathy Vanderleest will be talking to us during Community Life about her work volunteering for The Haven.

As you can see, there will be multiple opportunities for us to learn together about who and what The Haven is, and what our role might be in supporting this organization.   Maybe God is calling on you, as He is with me, to share His good gifts in this way.  I hope you’ll join me in praying about how we can share God’s good gifts to us with our homeless neighbors, and show them that they have value.  See you on Sunday!

Your Sister in Christ,
Annie Oakes