We had the neatest service at our church today.
The staff has been talking about it for WEEKS...that this Sunday, we would have an opportunity to do something special for hungry people in our county.
We had one service. We met in our worship center, and in our student center, simultaneously. Our pastor, and the other staff members, worked it out to go back and forth between the two sites. From my perspective, it was seamless. There was never any "down" time, where someone wasn't where they were supposed to be.
The basic "gist" of the sermon was taking care of the poor and less-fortunate in our own county.
Nineteen area churches got together to participate in this FEED THE NEED Sunday.
Our church service started at 10. We were out by 11...armed with instructions, suggestions, and a grocery list. We hit The Kroger first thing, and it.was.awesome.
There were volunteers from churches at the front of the store...and when you came out with the groceries you had purchased to donate...there were volunteers who took them to an 18 wheeler trailer, and loaded them in the back.
We had Logan and Morgan with us, but they were game for going along with this. Jim said he would drop Joshua and I off at Kroger, and then he and Logan and Morgan would go pick up something for lunch...and then they would come back and pick us up.
Joshua was SO EXCITED to do this. We had been given a little card at church, that had a list of suggested items to purchase. We whipped around that store like NONE OTHER...and it was SO FUN.
The "regular" Sunday shoppers...the ones who like to shop during the church services, because the store is quiet and empty? They didn't know what hit them. You could see bewildered people everywhere you looked.
What was SO COOL about it, was that we saw LOTS of people from church. We passed in the aisles...stood in line to check-out. It was, like, "HEY!" and "HEY!" and "HEY!" everywhere we turned.
I'm sure this is what it was like when Aunt Bea went to the Mayberry grocery store!
I LOVED IT.
And, best of all? 19 churches, less than 5 hours...24,000 pounds of non-perishable food for hungry men, women, and children IN OUR COUNTY.
Such an awesome day.
Lord, be glorified.
"Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need." Proverbs 21:13