This past Wednesday night we had our annual Fall Festival! Although the weather wasn’t the nicest, we still had a great time in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you to everyone who put time, effort, and hard work into this event to make it so successful. In total there were roughly 122 people who were in attendance. We can take all the energy and excitement as we push onto Family Retreat and our upcoming Friend’s Day.
I was talking to someone about Fall Festival the other day and we got onto the subject about how many activities were coming up in November. If you look at these events, most of them are created to 1) Bring us together as a church family, but also, 2) Encourage us to invite people so join us during these events. We do these things so we can serve the community around us and to be a part of their lives as we invite them into our lives. These times encourage us to serve each other instead of focusing on our own lives.
A verse that sticks out to me is Galatians 5:13 which says, “For you were called to freedom, brother. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” There are two main focuses that my attention is drawn to. Freedom and Serve One Another. As we head into November we have an opportunity to share the Gospel story but, to also share these two principles.
One opportunity is to share the freedom that we are called to in Jesus. He has given us the chance to have this freedom when we give our lives over to Him. Sin is a heavy weight that a lot of people unnecessarily carry because they don’t know where to go with it, they don’t want to bother other people with it, they don’t want to be judged for it, and they just might not know what to do for it. Luckily, Jesus has the solution for that. We have the opportunity to share this freedom that Jesus offers us.
We also have the chance to lovingly serve one another. Serving one another also shares the love Jesus gave us but also is a living example of the love of Jesus. When we serve each other and the people around us, we are loving them. That love might be something that someone has been missing for a while. That love might be the only love someone has experienced. That love might be what someone needs to turn their life around. We get the chance to serve each other so that we can lift each other up.
November is a busy month at Northeast. I hope and pray that you look at the calendar and instead of seeing how crazy the calendar is, we see chances to share the story of Jesus with someone else, and that we see the chance to serve one another. As we head into the new month and the holiday season there are a few things we can be doing.
Pray – For each other, the community, those who are sick, those who need the freedom found in Jesus, and so much more.
Serve – Find ways to serve each other and people you connect with in the community to show the love of Jesus.
Share – We can share the story of Jesus in our daily life and how Jesus wants to help us no matter how much baggage we might have.
Invite – Invite people to upcoming events, life groups, and church. Help them be connected.
Thank you for being with us at Northeast this morning! How can you share the story of Jesus today?