Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother . . found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah.” He brought Simon to Jesus). John 1:40-41
Jesus said: “You are the light of the world . . . let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
One of NPC’s mission partners is Central Union Mission (“The Mission”). The Mission is known for providing safe shelter for the homeless. But this is only part of its vital ministry. In addition, the Mission provides practical support for men, women and children, not only in moments of need or crisis (for example, hot meals and medical care), but for the long term as well. The ministry now includes job training which has the capacity to move people from a state of dependence to long-term economic self-sufficiency.
Remember the “mission muffins” in Stone Hall? – the best in town! Delivered straight from the Mission’s job-training kitchen to our church . . . or to your home (ORDER HERE!).
This Saturday I hope you will be among the many “mission partners” driving to the NPC campus to support the ministry of the Mission. To fulfill their mission, they need food and clothing, and from our abundance we have been called to share. Details about what you can bring can be found HERE . . . but there’s one thing to bring that is not on the list! I hope you’ll consider bringing with you – A FRIEND!
Did You Know That
- About one third of our new members attend NPC because of a personal invitation?
And Did You Know That
- Multiple studies show that 20-40 year-olds are especially eager to be involved with organizations (including churches) that are taking action to address the needs of their communities?
So, time to get on our knees and pray . . . pray for the work of the Mission, as well as for friends and neighbors looking for God and a church family to belong to; and pray for an opportunity to say something like this:
“My church supports a really effective organization known as Central Union Mission – I’ll be taking them some food and clothing on Saturday . . . do you have anything I could take for you? Or . . . would you like to join me as we drop things off?”
Remember John 1. It was a short conversation that Andrew had with his brother Peter that brought Peter into Jesus’ fold. And remember Matthew 5. It’s usually simple acts (like Saturday’s food and clothing drive!) that bring Christ’s light to the world. God uses these simple acts to bring glory to his name.
So glad to be your pastor,