Weekly Newsletter – October 9th, 2016
Meeting Immediate Needs Close to Home
On a Wednesday morning, about twenty men and women gathered outside St. Patrick’s Presbyterian Church to play a small role in a much larger collaboration. Members of both Living Hope and St. Patrick’s worked together with staff from Neighborhood Christian Center to pack and distribute fruit, vegetables, meat, and bread to eighty-four families in need in the Collierville area. This distribution, made up of donations to the Mid-South Food Bank, was the first time Neighborhood Christian Center had teamed up with the two churches to bring its Mobile Pantry to Collierville.
Before we got started prepping the food, NCC leadership talked to us about their mission and vision for Memphis and, more specifically, for their expanding ministries in South Collierville. Pamela Cox, Director of Community Relations, explained that the Mobile Pantry is a vehicle to understand the deeper needs of the community by meeting a more readily-apparent need like food security. By working with churches like Living Hope and services already in the area, NCC meets immediate needs first, then focuses on deeper needs like early childhood development, job skills training, and marriage and family development. These deeper needs speak to the deepest need of all: a relationship with Jesus.
Isn’t that the way Jesus interacted with those he met during his ministry? He met the immediate need first in order to speak to the deeper need. He fed the five thousand before offering them the Bread of Life. He met the woman at the well before telling her about Living Water.
He gave dignity to a short tax collector named Zacchaeus when he picked him out of a crowd (and out of a tree!) before explaining He came to seek out and save those that feel left out or too far away. Being a part of meeting these types of needs – the need for food, the need for drink, the need to be seen – is what we can do to show God’s love where we live. Our obedience to pack apples and potatoes for two hours on a Wednesday morning is a part of a larger mission to speak to the deepest needs of Collierville that only the Father can meet. Email Brandon Brown firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can get involved with the Neighborhood Christian Center’s ministry to South Collierville.
Written by Laura Barton
She Community Event
Thursday, November 3, from 6:30-8:00pm, we will gather at the church for a meal catered by Las Delicias, fun activities, and to hear from Cammie Carlson on ways to care for our souls during the winter months. Cammie received her Masters in Counseling from Denver Seminary. Cost of the evening will be $12.00. Sign up for the evening at the Welcome Center or by going to lhmem.ch/cce2016.
The LH360: REACH giving program began May 1! If you consider LH your home and have yet to pledge, please prayerfully consider joining us in REACH. You can find out more at lh360.lhchurch.com. Pledged giving continues over the next 36 months according to your pledge. Pledged and non-pledged gifts can be made online or by check and cash. Thank you!
Evening Ladies Bible Study
The She Community is offering Jen Pollock Michel’s Teach Us to Want Bible study beginning October 18. Cindy Taylor will host and facilitate this five week study. The study will take place at 9616 Mourning Dove Cove Germantown, from 7-8:30pm. Cost of the book is $13.00. Sign-up at the Welcome Center or by emailing email@example.com. Don’t forget to bring a friend!
New Small Group in Arlington Area
Living Hope is starting a new group in the Arlington-Eads- Barlett-Lakeland-Oakland area for those that are Married/ Single and are age 50 and up. The group will meet on Wednesday nights and will be led by Keith and Debra Hamsley. Please contact Bill Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. You will love this group!
Discover Living Hope
Have you been attending Living Hope but would like to know more about who we are, what we believe, how to join a Small Group, serve, or become a member? Then join us October 23 during the 9am or 10:45am hours for Discover Living Hope. It’s a casual setting where you can meet new people and ask questions of Living Hope pastors and elders. If you choose to pursue membership at Living Hope, this is also a required step in that process.
Becoming a Member of Living Hope
Along with attending a Discover Living Hope class, our membership process includes completing three classes (Gospel, Community, and Mission) either online or “live” during the 9am or 10:45am hours. We prefer that people attend these informative Sunday classes where you can interact with new people and ask questions of Living Hope pastors and elders. The next “live” classes begin Sunday, October 30. You can begin the online process anytime by visitinglhchurch.com and clicking on the “Online Membership” link on the home page.