Faith in Action Sunday – October 22, 2017

Faith that Works

On “Faith in Action Sunday,” Oct. 22, 2017, at 9:30 am, we will share short time of devotion followed by service projects in Bishop and Independence. At 4:00 pm, we will share worship and celebration in Big Pine, followed by a potluck dinner. The main dish will be provided, but if able, please bring a side dish or dessert to share. All are welcome! For more information, click here: Faith in Action Info.
 
Be sure to sign up for your favorite service project starting October 1st during worship or in the Church Office.
 
Keep reading below to learn more about what why we have “Faith in Action Sunday.”
 
We gather on have “Faith in Action Sunday” to give thanks for God’s love, and to respond with gratitude through our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. On “Faith in Action Sunday” we celebrate all of the ways that we live out our faith through action throughout the year. For example, we provide food for the hungry through the Soup Kitchen, the Food Bank, and the Community Gardens. We share hospitality and hope in the community during times of joy and times of grief. We offer meals to the homebound and visit the sick. We serve where we are able and do all that we can, through words and deeds, to show God’s love and grace in the world.
 
Why take a Sunday to worship God through service projects?
This is just another way to witness to our gratitude for God’s love by sharing it with others in many different ways. We witness to our unity today, as we work together as a Shared Ministry to meet tangible needs of persons in our local communities, and throughout the nation and the world.
 

For example, last year:

  • we baked more than 21 dozen cookies and wrote Christmas cards for 60 local military personnel serving overseas through the Bishop MOMS Club,
  • we prepared 64 healthy classroom kits that will be distributed throughout our communities,
  • we packed 54 hygiene kits for local persons in need,
  • we planted flowers in the large round garden plot at the front of the Bishop park,
  • we worked at the Bishop Garden and the Independence Community Garden,
  • we sent 137 pairs of shoes to communities in need throughout the world through Project Sole,
  • we provided 5 Sewing Kits through United Methodist Committee on Relief,
  • we prepared 15 homemade soup mixes for Commodities recipients in Independence,
  • we knit and crocheted many hats, ear warmers, and scarves for persons who live outdoors during the winter,
  • and we made 32 Christmas tray favors for residents at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Lone Pine.
 
“Faith in Action Sunday” is just a sampling of the ways that we serve and love God, by serving and loving other people, every single day. “Faith in Action Sunday” is an opportunity for us to remember who we are and whose we are, to remember why we serve – out of gratitude for God’s great love for us – and to inspire us to go and do more, together. See you on October 22nd for another great day of service!