Engaging the Community

This weekend, we have an amazing opportunity.  We will have thousands of people as a somewhat captive audience at Lake Eva park for our Fall Festival.  We will see kids and families that never step foot in a church hanging out with us, playing games, laughing with us.  For a few hours, the issues that these families have will most likely be left somewhere else while they enjoy the games and food of our Fall Festival.  We, however, do not have the same luxury.

I thank God every day for my church family and the fact that we are Kingdom minded.  This weekend can be no different.  If this Fall Festival is only about games and candy to us, then we have already failed in our endeavor.  We need to love these people.  We need to take every chance we can to have genuine conversation with them, listening to their stories.  This may be the only chance they have to lean on a Christian shoulder.

Last year, I was able to have a conversation with a lady about her sons’ illness.  She told me about some visits they had with different doctors, and about a few surgeries.  She had tears in her eyes as she watched he boy run around.  I offered to pray with her, and she gladly accepted.  I do not know her name, and I may never see her again.  That day, though, I prayed with her.  I prayed for her son and her.  The great thing is, that is not the only story to come out of last year’s fall festival.  I can’t wait to hear all the great things that happen this year.

As we get closer to this Sunday, our church will be sending out a schedule for prayer walks/meetings.  From today through Saturday, there will be times where members of our church will be leading us in prayer.  Let us know if you would like to be a part of one of these prayer walks.  This weekend is a great opportunity to be the Church for our community, and I am honored to be a part of such an amazing team of people who are ready to be Kingdom minded.

Pastor Derrick