What’s Happening Outside the Walls?
“Its gates will never be shut by day – and there will be no night there.”
-Revelation 21:25 NRSV
When I get asked “why do you do what you do?” I generally tell people about God’s call on my life to love people, no matter what. But secondarily, I will share how hopeful I am in the vision shared of “what the world will be like” in Revelation 21. Regardless of whether you read Revelation as an “end of times” narrative or as an eschatological vision, either way it ends with God’s victory over “our” way of doing things and introduces a vision of peace for all. I think my favorite image is that of the gate that never closes.
Many who have seen the Open Door t-shirts know that Matthew 7:7 is the guiding verse for that ministry. The second part of that verse reads, “Knock, and the door will be opened for you.”
The assumption by Christ, is that the Church will be people/a body/a system in which goodness flows in and out freely, with no inhibition. The open door isn’t just for people to come in, it’s wide open for us to go and serve.
Here are a few cool things that have happened or ways you can serve currently:
On Halloween Day, our friends from Cornerstone Ranch came to visit and play in our Pumpkin Patch.
We had a great time together and they were so nice to send us this giant thank you card.
Harper Elementary’s Book Fair is about to begin. Since 2020, we have blessed each student with a voucher for a book, so they can practice their literacy at home.
We collected $638 during our communion offering this past week, but if you would like to contribute, we opened up the online missions donation from today through Saturday. Just make sure to change the drop down box to “Missions” and change the top option from “Recurring” to “One Time.”
We are supporting the hourly (non-contract) employees at Harper Elementary School and the efforts of ACO with this food drive. Below is a list of desired items:
- $25 Grocery Gift Cards for Frozen Turkey/Ham
- Corn Meal/ Corn Muffin Mix
- Instant Mashed Potatoes
- Stuffing Mix
- Canned Gravy or Gravy Packets
- Cranberry Sauce
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Pie Filling (Pumpkin & Others)
- Pie Crust Mix
- Canned Evaporated Milk
- Jell-O and Pudding Mixes
- Canned Yams/Sweet Potatoes
- French Fried Onions
- Cream Mushroom Soup
- Canned Corn
- Canned Green Beans
One of our seniors asked us to help participate in her senior project at Lovejoy High School, and it fit along with our current mission work well. Luka Dueck’s project is to organize and deliver basic necessities to the homeless in Dallas and surrounding counties. Items requested are:
A great opportunity to care for those we don’t get to see every Sunday. Please take time to not only deliver a gift from the Care Team this Sunday, but spend a few moments to chat with those who may feel lonely this holiday season.
And, if you know someone struggling this holiday season, invite them to…
To literally save a life, go ahead and sign up for our quarterly blood drive.
And maybe you’d like to serve in a way that welcomes people through the doors? Sign up to help at our Live Nativity, December 6 and 7 from 6-8pm.
And looking to spread more holiday cheer? Come help us with crafts, cookies, letters to Santa, games, and more at the Fairview Christmas Tree Lighting.
Contact Julie Stelly if you’d like to volunteer.