You will be pleased to know that last week we gave $2500 to our “sister” church (ecclesia Houston) to help them in their effort to assist Hurricane Harvey flood victims. Thank you for your generosity.
Your offering reminded me of something we read this week in the New Creation Project. ecclesia Antioch (remember, the Bible word for church is “ecclesia”) learned that there was going to be a famine “over all the world” (Acts 11:27). We might expect them to say, “Well, we’d better stock up!” But they didn’t. Instead, “the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea” (29).
Although they would feel the famine themselves, and despite the fact it was 300 miles away, ecclesia Antioch took an offering for their brothers (and sisters) in Judea.
ecclesia Cave Creek has done the same thing for ecclesia Houston. Our brothers and sisters in Texas are representing Christ by rebuilding homes in that flood-ravaged community. Our offering will help them do just that.
Again, thank you for representing Christ in this tangible way. It is a blessing to serve such a generous community.
And remember: Tomorrow is “Servant Saturday,” our monthly opportunity to serve hungry people in our own community by donating nonperishable food items to the Foothills Food Bank. Bring your “food offering” to the front so we can pray for it and the families it will bless.
Hope you can make it to worship tomorrow. We’ll take a look at another great church in the Bible. It wasn’t born in a saloon, like us; it was born “down by the riverside” in a town called Philippi. Should be a great day of worship. See you tomorrow!