Tis another beautiful day in the neighborhood today. Community is defined as 1) a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. or 2) a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. We all need community, an interaction with people that have something in common. Someone once told me that, "Left to ourselves we will, not can, not might, we will self-destruct." In 1 Peter 5:8-9 we read, Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.
Why do I bring this up? Well, this past weekend on a men's retreat, I was on the receiving end of a great outpouring of Agape love from a caring community of Christians who surrounded us in prayers, love and selfless acts of sharing. I was so blown away with seeing the body of Christ at work that I wanted to share this experience.
Yes we are building a church but it is NOT the building on the corner of Horton avenue & Rt. 48. This building is just a gathering place for the church, the Christian community called North Fork UMC. We are building a community of caring people who love God and seek to know him more. With the excitement and curiosity that this new building is bringing, we have a great opportunity to share who we are and what our mission is. Do not invite someone to church, instead invite them to your life. Church will follow.
Prayer request for the day: Pray that we may be focused on building community.
Prayer quote for the day: I do believe we're all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other. - Harvey Fierstein.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - I was unable to get any pictures but the concrete forms are going in and it looks like concrete should be flowing soon