NEWS & NOTES
At our members meeting two weeks ago, we heard an update on the developing benevolence ministries taking shape at The Painted Door. This week, benevolence team member Stacey Johnson shares on ways all of us can get involved.
Caring for hurting, needy people does not always come naturally to us. We wonder what to say and whether our words or actions will be of any help? It's a lot more comfortable to let someone else handle it.
But Christ has called us to love and do good ("So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith" Gal 6:10). So when we feel awkward and aren't sure how to look in the face of suffering, we can trust that Christ will lead us.
Our church Benevolence Team has been working to identify ways that we can meet needs in our church and community. And we want the whole body to step into this care with us. Here's how you can participate:
Give to our Benevolence Fund. Some of the ways our church has used it's Benevolence Fund this year have included: providing infant formula & diapers to moms in need; helping our own members with rent, air conditioning, groceries, & utilities. We have assisted in hosting the garage sale that benefited Reborn Ministries and we've helped to host the memorial service for our dear sister, Anna Parr.
Sign up to bring a meal to a family with a new baby! We currently have 12 women in our church who have infants. That's a large percentage of families affected by major life-change and little sleep! Providing meals is one way that we'd like to invite you to care for them. Fancy food is not required. Click below to sign up:
Help us learn what skills you have to help those in need. Each of us with our talents, gifts, opinions, ideas, and passions is uniquely situated to minister to others. Can you provide handyman, babysitting, or financial counseling services? Can you repair a car or shovel snow? Let us know what your hobbies and skill sets are so that we can connect you to those in our church and community who need help in those areas.
Consider becoming a "Family Friend" to those involved with Safe Families. Safe Families ministers to families in crisis by providing temporary host-families for children while their parents get back on their feet (anywhere from one day to several months). Safe Families also helps support parents in need throughout with coaching and counseling. The goal is to keep children safe and families intact (children return to their parents as soon as their parents are in a better place). We've had several families in our church involved in this ministry in the past and we'd like to do more to support this ministry. If you have specific questions about getting involved, please talk with Dan & Alice. https://safe-families.org/
Volunteer with GRIP Outreach for Youth: This ministry focuses on building life-on-life relationships with at-risk students through mentoring, tutoring, sports & team-building, etc. We recently had two of our church members (Stan & Jamie) share about their involvement with GRIP. They are a great point of contact if you are interested in volunteering.
Let us know if you see ways that our church can help our members of our community. What needs do you notice in your neighborhood? Do you have a passion for meeting a specific need? Feel free to fill out the form at https://www.tpd.church/practical-care/ or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commit to praying for our brothers and sisters. "Keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints" (Eph. 6:18).
Let's reflect the mercy and kindness of the One who has already met our greatest need.
THIS COMING SUNDAY
FREEDOM IS A TERRIBLE IDEA
Pastor Mark Bergin
What we often think of as freedom is mere slavery to our vanity. We are addicted to those things that make us feel free -- the rush of indignant outrage, the euphoria of vindication, the savor of being right. Like self-conscious teenagers who cannot pass by a store window without glancing again at their reflection, double and triple-checking that their curated look remains intact, so too we are all consumed with our image. If we can only identify with the right people, hold to the right opinions, pay lip service to the right causes, then maybe we can be counted among the righteous. Just one more peek at my reflection, one last reassurance. How terrible is our idea of freedom. But true freedom is not an idea. True freedom is not bound up in feeling free. It’s not connected to our appetite for feeling righteous. True freedom is an escape from vanity into the giving and receiving of mercy. True freedom is slavery to mercy and the Merciful One.