I hope this message finds you all well. This week in worship you may have heard me talk about the upcoming community picnic we are hosting with Redmond United Methodist church and the Redmond Food Box program.
While this event on Saturday, August 20th at noon promises to be a fun time, I want to share a quick thought as to why I’m so grateful for this opportunity. In church we talk a lot about loving our neighbors. Yet, the more we talk about this thing Jesus called us to do the more we realize how challenging it can be to simply get to know our neighbors. We live in a culture where we don’t have too many natural points of connection with people we don’t already know well. Breaking past the initial polite wave or quick greeting can seem impossible. How then can we ever love our neighbors if we don’t even know their names?
For this reason, moments like this picnic represent opportunities to connect with our neighbors in light, fun, and significant ways. I don’t suspect we will all become best friends in one afternoon. I do think taking initial steps like this can lead to surprising connections and opportunities to care for our community that we would not have dreamt up on our own.
If you can come this Saturday, I encourage you to join us. If you can’t, that is okay, I encourage you to continue looking for these kinds of entry points into places of connection with your neighbors and community.
Grace and Peace,
p.s. we are beginning to think about and plan for the fall months and we could sure use your help! We have opportunities to help with worship assistants, sound system, Sunday school, and much more. If you are able to help, please let us know.