A Gift of Compassion

One of the many blessings of pastoring the YCOG us watching the Holy Spirit move through the hearts of the people.  Recently, the idea was presented to you to host a meal for a large group of people from Harrisburg who do not have homes.

The idea to bring them to the church came from one of our student leaders, Ally Blankenship, who has a heart for people and a desire to feed them.  Yay God for her gift of compassion!

Although the youth were excited about the idea, there was a need for some adult assistance.  One Wednesday evening, the adult Bible study class was asked if anyone would be willing to work alongside our teens.  It didn’t take long for someone to let me know the entire class would be helping to make sure this ministry was a success.

Soon after, it was announced from the pulpit that the YCOG would be hosting a 5th Wednesday meal, working with Isaiah 61 ministries out of Harrisburg.  After hearing what was happening, more people wanted to get involved.

A group of ladies got together and decided to make hats.  An anonymous donor contributed storage containers and items to give as gifts to our invited guests.  Water bottles and socks came from unknown sources.  (You know who you are!)  There was a person who was able to drive a school bus to pick them up.

My heart is filled with joy at the outpouring of love I have seen coming from this church family.  Of course, there were details that had to be worked out.  But there has been a feeling of unity throughout the church in this mission.  There has been a sense of purpose and a desire to give and to serve.

What a wonderful way to start the Christmas season.  Christmas is a time to give, to serve, to worship, to praise, to ponder what God has done for us in the beautiful gift of His Son.

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.”  (Luke 2:6-7)  “Jesus made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:7)

A I begin my sixth year serving with you as your pastor, your sister-in-Christ, and your friend, I want to thank you for this blessing.  I also want to encourage you to keep pressing on.  Through the inspiration of one teen, our church as been able to do a wonderful ministry.  She opened our hearts and allowed us to serve together.  It is my hope and prayer that God will continue to use us to do amazing things as we seek Him and as we serve Him by serving others.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Pastor Stef




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