At Missio Dei, we talk a lot about serving others, and we are always on the lookout for opportunities for you, the church, to get your hands dirty blessing our neighbors. Here are 2 Big Reasons why we do this:
1. Jesus Came to Serve Us
In Mark's gospel account, Jesus says, "The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mk. 10:45). We always see Jesus giving himself away in the gospels, whether in teaching, healing, feeding, even washing the funky, nasty feet of his disciples (including Judas Iscariot - Jn. 13). Ultimately Jesus gave his very life to rescue & redeem us, and as recipients of His grace, we are motivated to give ourselves away to love and serve others for their good & God's glory.
2. There is Joy When We Serve
The Apostle Paul was no stranger to giving himself away for the sake of others, and he did it with a great sense of joy. In Acts 20, he even reminds us of the words of Jesus (not recorded anywhere else), "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). When we serve, when we put others before ourselves and give of our time, our strengths, and our resources, we actually have the greater reward: to feel a sense of purpose and the pleasure of our God.
Since our partnership began with Hall Fletcher Elementary more than 5 years ago, we've been encouraged to see our relationship grow. They have been gracious to open their building to us and giving back to them is just one simple way we can say thank you. There are two opportunities to spend time serving the faculty, students & families of Hall Fletcher next week.
Fall Fletch Festival
Friday, October 30th / 4-7pm
The school is hosting the "Fall Fletch Festival" for students and their families to enjoy games, food, and Trunk-or-Treat. We'd love to see 10 or so Missio Dei folks there to serve by working various booths throughout the evening.
Building Raised Flowerbeds
Saturday, October 31st / 9am-12pm
Hall Fletcher has a year-round garden program for students, and this Fall, the Garden Coordinator, Rachel Lubitz, is looking for help constructing raised flowerbeds for their vegetable gardens.
These are both great chances to serve the HFE community. Grab a couple of friends, your family or your Community Group and head to HFE on Friday or Saturday or both! To sign up, or for more information, email email@example.com.