Along with serving our local cities we want to be on a mission every day in our daily life. A huge way we can do that is by loving and serving our LITERAL neighbor. This year we will have a monthly resource provided on how we can equip ourselves to step out and be Jesus to our neighbors. All resources are listed in the bulletin as well as the calendar of events frame on the table.
Take time to stop and look at your calendar for the summer. Are you gone every weekend? Do you have events scheduled every weekend? If yours answers are yes, take some time to see if you can find multiple weekends or days where you can be home and outside! Make room for your neighbors, make room to slow down and create conversations instead of running from one place to the next. Schedule a least one day a month this summer where you will be intentional to be out front and available to be used how God would want to use you!
5 ways to BLESS your neighbors. Since it is May, and there will most likely be people out during Memorial Day weekend try to practice one of these 5 steps this month!
- B- Begin with prayer. We want you to ask, ‘God how do you want me to bless the people in the places you’ve sent me to?’
- L- Listen. Don’t talk, but listen to people, their struggles, their pains, in the places God sent you.
- E- Eat. You can’t just check this off. It’s not quick. You have to have a meal with people or a cup of coffee. It builds relationships.
- S- Serve. If you listen with people and you eat with people they will tell you how to love them and you’ll know how to serve them.
- S- Story. When the time is right, now we talk and we share the story of how Jesus changed our life.
Come out to the patio and pick up a postcard to write a note to your neighbor. Let them know how thankful you are for them! Drop it off in their mailbox or deliver with some treats!
This Easter we have an incredible opportunity to invite our neighbors (those we know and don’t know) into our Easter Banquet Event! Our challenge for this month is to play a role in Easter. Sign up to serve in the many roles and start to pray about who God would uniquely have you invite!
https://soundcloud.com/lovethyneighborhood “Where the Gospel Meets Neighboring”
Love thy Neighborhood Podcast: The Love Thy Neighborhood podcast explores the intersection of social action and Christian faith as we follow everyday people doing extraordinary things. Each episode centers around a single theme – such as the sex industry, homelessness, or race – and interweaves field reporting, studio interviews, and first-person narratives based on that theme. It is hosted by Jesse Eubanks, Executive Director of Love Thy Neighborhood.
What is better than getting flowers for no reason? Getting flowers that won’t die. This January, you and your family will be able to make flowers out of pine cones and bring them to your neighbors. We will supply pine cones and a bowl along with ideas for creating your flowers. Between services on January 14th, we will even have a DYI workstation to help you create your one-of-a-kind bouquet.
Ornament: an accessory used to beautify, enrich, or improve the appearance or general effect of an object
What would it look like if we used our presence in the same way? This month let’s bring both ourselves and an actual ornament to our neighbors. If you’d like to make your own ornaments, we will have starter kits and ideas on the patio. Make sure to get them by December 17th! Questions? Email Sharon.
There are thousands of men and women fighting for our freedom right now! Can you imagine how much a note or a letter can provide them with encouragement or show our appreciation! Really, we can transform someone just by writing on a piece of paper that can be saved forever!!!
This November, host a “Party of Thanks”. Invite your neighbors to write cards and letters to our Marines. You may even want to make some homemade gifts. Our goal is to collect 100 which a member of our RHMV family will deliver to his unit. You can drop them off in the basket on the Love Others table. Please bring them to church no later than November 26th.
We’ve got a wonderful way for you to get to know your neighbors on Halloween, and all you need is a table and some creativity! On Halloween, set up a table with a sign inviting your neighbors to a “rest stop”. Ideas: Put out some hot cocoa (don’t forget the marshmallows!) or a crockpot of chili, give out cookies or waters, or just dress up like Chad and make people laugh. Contact Sharon Genton by October 15 if you’d like a rest stop supply kit (black tablecloth, blank poster board, hot cocoa packets, and a bag of mini marshmallows).
Neighborhood Watch involves residents working together with one another and local law enforcement to decrease and prevent residential crime. Do you know your neighbors? Do you know who belongs in your neighborhood and who doesn’t? Do you know when to call for assistance from law enforcement? If you answered no to any of these questions, now is the time to start a Neighborhood Watch Program. Neighborhood Watch is a free, 2-meeting program intended to bring you and your neighbors together to decrease or eliminate crime in your neighborhoods.
Crime Prevention websites & contacts:
Book: Staying is the New Going by Alan Briggs
“For too long we’ve outsourced God’s work in the world to missionaries “out there” at the ends of the earth. In reality, God wants us to love our neighbor right next door. He wants us to pray for the welfare of our zip code, to witness to the world outside our window. He wants us to be the church, the people of God, in conversation and meaningful engagement with the people God loves outside the walls of the church.”
Email Kendall is you have any Questions about any of the Neighborhood Resources.