Matthew 25 in action … and we need YOU!
The motto of the Bethel Covenant Church is this … “Being the Light to the Delta.” I will admit, at first, I wasn’t too fond of this phrase. What did it mean? But then I started filtering the church activities through this lens. Does this show the LIGHT to this area? Does this show who Jesus is?
On staff, we try to be purposeful with what we do and this phrase helps us calibrate the value of something. The value isn’t in how many show up, or what has always been done, or what is easy to do. Rather, the value is whether the activity shows Jesus to a people who are lost or in need of hope. Prime example: Supper Club. Do you know Supper Club? It’s a free meal given to any community member who needs it. Churches rotate who makes and serves the meal, but every Friday during the colder months, a meal is provided to all those who come with no questions asked. A devotional is shared, so people can hear the Good News.
Supper Club is a way ANYONE can live out Matthew 25:34-40 and be a light to the Delta.
Know Matthew 25:34-40? It’s the passage where the King blesses those who fed the hungry, gave a drink to the thirsty, invited in a stranger, clothed those needing clothes, tending the sick, and visiting the imprisoned.
Supper Club allows ANYONE to feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty, and invite in a stranger at the church building, with community resources. I am going to let the Holy Spirit talk to you about how to do that on your own with your own resources. That isn’t for me to covict you of in an email.
Anyway, as a church, this is our chance to show Jesus to anyone who comes by. This year, it looks a little different. We won’t be inviting people in, per se. But anyone who has a need can come by and pick up meals for their family. However, we cannot do this on our own and we have a great number of options to have you help us. That’s what I love about Supper Club.
Consider the reasons to not help:
Reason #1: I don’t have time to help.
Consider: Not even one Friday for an hour or so?
Reason #2: I don’t have the kitchen space to make a large meal.
Consider: Use our kitchen at your convenience.
Reason #3: I don’t like to cook and can’t help feed the poor.
Consider: Dishes. Serving. Packaging meals in take out containers.
Reason #4: I have to social distance and can’t help.
Consider: Make from your kitchen and do a contactless drop off/pick up (unless on quarantine, then pick a later date).
Reason #5: I don’t have the money to cook for 80 people.
Consider: We can provide the ingredients for desserts and main meals.
Reason #6: Really, Elisabeth… I live too far or have a reason you haven’t thought of.
Consider: Pray that the Lord stirs up volunteers and that I dont have to nag people.
PS. We need help with Supper Club and there’s a role for everyone. This is a way to serve and make a difference 🙂 Click here to sign up and tell us how you can serve.