Newsletter Post August 7
Dear CCF Family,
What refreshes you?
We talked last Sunday about Come and Go, the twin invitations Jesus gives. Come to me. Go and make disciples. And that these two are part and parcel like breathing in and out. One without the other is problematic.
We talk a lot about ministering to others. And we have seen significant growth in ministering to people in the Food Pantry ministry, in English as a Second Language classes, and the consistent young adult basketball that starts on Wednesday in a circle around the Scripture usually led by Chris Haynes. Then there is the study that Joe and Pam Kaye lead in their retirement community and the many people Paris and Akeia minister to in their neighborhood in Washington DC. Lots of the rest of you also minister and serve: to children, whether your children, grandchildren or other person's children; or to older folks, or neighbors, or campuses where you study or work.
Recognizing and asking God's favor upon it all we symbolically added flags of the counties and district on our back wall of mission to help visualize that we are a church on mission glocally: that is both globally and locally.
And there is still more before us that God is calling us to and preparing us for. But to be living into our fully created potential we need to be breathing in and out: Coming and Going.
This Saturday in our Second Saturday @ Seven prayer gathering I am asking the Lord to refresh us and encourage us; to meet with us and minister refreshment. How that happens is not scripted because it is not a to do. It is a to be. To focus on being with God, on realizing that we are human beings not human doings. It is somehow different than working for my own comfortability and relaxation where we tend to only think of physical comfort. This is stepping into God's "shalom" total spirit, soul and body washed and refreshed by the love and grace of the wind of God's Spirit.
Let's not be timid to come close to the ministering Spirit of the Lord God.
Posted on Fri, August 7, 2015
by Caleb Kaye