Summer is almost here, and it is already heating up.
As we enter the month of June, I have many things I have been thinking about for the summer.
Our mission statement is "To meet new neighbors, nurture their relationship with Christ, and transform the
world together." So, how do we live this out over the next few months? Thankfully, the weather should help us
get out in the neighborhood and do some fun stuff.
One of the questions I have been hearing is, "When will Traditional Service be in person?" This is a good
question with what I consider a simple answer. When we have more volunteers to help us with this service, I
will make it in person. I know some of our people would prefer to come to this service, but are you willing to
serve to make this happen, or are you just wanting to be served? If it is the latter, then now may not be the time, and we continue to offer it online only. I am not opposed to doing this service in person, but we have to have volunteers to make it happen weekly.
Next, I have been thinking about doing service outdoors again this summer. When I arrived last year, having
service outdoors was a great way to start considering everything going on with the pandemic. Doing service
outdoors requires the help of volunteers for things to run smoothly. There are some logistical things that we
have to figure out as well. Something I will share about outdoor services: On August 8th, we will be holding
“Church in the Park” along with a couple of other churches in Milan. The Outreach Team is working with the
other churches on something to go with the service, too. I am looking forward to this day of worship outside!
Another thing I would like to get back to would be some small group time. I have been thinking about seeking
out a couple of different people to lead some groups this summer. We could meet on the lawn and enjoy the
weather while we can for now. It would be nice to offer a book study, a Bible study, and a couple of other
options for everyone to choose from. Do we have people willing to serve in this capacity? If we do, then we will
make some groups happen.
Does anyone notice a trend with these things I am discussing? That's right! We are looking for willing
volunteers to help us carry and live out our mission. Again, it is one thing to say we want to do this or that, but it will take the church to do whatever we decide to offer. We are asked to give of our time, gifts, and talents as
members of the church. This ideal seems to be a bigger task than it should be because we allow other things
outside of the church to consume us. We rely on God being there for us, especially in our time of need, but are
we holding up our end of the relationship? Yet, this is the reality we live in currently. A lot of us have forgotten
what it means to be a part of the body of Christ. Or we feel like we have done our time, and it is time for
someone else to take over. What if there isn't anyone else? Do we depend on the few willing to help and don't
want to see things not get done? Those people will burn out, and then there won’t be anybody to help. We are
not a large church with a huge staff, and even if we were, we would still need volunteers to help live out our
mission and vision.
Last month, I wrote a piece based on Bo Schembechler's "The Team, The Team, The Team." I still want everyone
to be a part of the team or body of Christ. But if everyone does not do their part, then we will not be as strong as we could be for our neighbors. Don't forget that our work goes beyond the walls of the building we worship in as well. Community involvement is vital for meeting new neighbors and inviting them to be a part of what we can offer them. Let us set aside what we want personally and consider how we can help the team and offer our neighbors to transform Milan and the world together.
Peace be with you, neighbors