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.