Be a Blessing

We have chances each and every day to be a blessing… to our family, our neighbors, our co-workers, friends, acquaintances, strangers, too many to list. Sometimes the chances are small: a kind word, a smile, holding open the door. Sometimes the chances are bigger as we help those in need and sacrifice our time and resources. It’s easy to a blessing to those closest to us and the ones we love the most. It’s harder to do this when we don’t actually see the needs from day to day.
For the next few weeks we have a wonderful opportunity here at the Jupiter Tequesta church of Christ to share with those most vulnerable we might not consider often enough. It is time for our Mt Dora Children’s Home food and supplies drive. We will be collecting items from the home’s requested list which you will find on the back of this bulletin and also posted on the bulletin board in the coffee lounge. You can text SUPPLIES to 5612674711 to receive a digital copy on your phone.
I personally challenge you as you do your grocery shopping for your own family to purchase something from the list. And as you do, both be thankful for the resources you possess and re-commit yourself to sharing God’s love each and every day. As we continue our yearly theme 24/7 CHRISTIANS, be on the lookout for every opportunity to do good for others.

Picnic – Friends and Family Day at Church

I love Picnic Sunday! And it isn’t just the food or the nice weather. It is a great time to get to know some of the friends and family in the lives of my friends and family. It is a time to sit and talk to people you don’t know in a comfortable atmosphere… at least, comfortable for me! If you are a member here, you know the people, the building, and the grounds very well. You know where you are going and how things will progress. On days like today, I need your help. Because a number of people don’t know the things you do yet. They aren’t yet as comfortable as you are. They don’t know the schedule. Please help them know where things are, who you are, and that you love that they are here. Ask if you can help – an extra napkin, an extra moment, an extra smile.
If you are a visitor, let me be the seventh (or eighth or twentieth!) to welcome you here! Being a new person is never comfortable for me. You never know exactly what is going to happen or when. Thank you for setting that aside and being here, especially with an hour’s less sleep. We have a 45-minute Bible class at 9. Children have their own classes at this time as well. After the class, we spend 15 minutes or so stretching, grabbing a snack or cup of coffee, or talking with a friend. Worship begins at 10 with a few announcements while everyone gets settled. Our worship is both optional and inclusive. We all sing together, but you don’t have to sing. Everyone is offered communion, but you don’t have to join us. I will preach, but not everyone listens. Join in when you like. We should finish at 11. Several of our members will help set up the food and prepare everything. Take this time to walk around, meet someone new, or enjoy the sunshine. After 15 minutes or so, the food should be ready. Get what you like, but don’t feel like you need to get everything – seconds are expected! After lunch, play some of the games available, bounce in the bounce house, or have some cotton candy! We have a worship service around 1, as well. Since we are all both full and sweaty, it is brief and casual.
If I can help you in any way, come find me or call me. I’d love to hear from you! -James 561-267-3707

Don’t touch anything!

One of the most underrated parts of traveling is learning new ways to travel. On our recent trip to D.C., we spent a lot of time on the Metro. At first, it was dark, dirty, and smelled exactly the way a subway should. By the end, we were comfortable zooming around the city and maneuvering through the handicapped passages. On our last day there, though, we were brought back to reality. A mother got on the elevator with us and quickly scolded her son: “Don’t touch ANYTHING!” This was a woman who knew what had happened in these elevators. For the rest of the day, we were a bit more cautious about what we touched – we used our sleeves to push the buttons and stayed in the middle of the paths.
Sometimes, we need a wake up call to the fact that there are real dangers out there. Dangers that can weaken us, hurt us, damage our friendships, and keep us from God. We get so used to the world that we forget what James said: “anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” We don’t choose to be “conformed to this world,” we just get… Comfortable. But this isn’t the time for comfortable. This is the time for transformation! (Romans 12:1-2)