What a great time of food, fellowship, and fun with our neighbors at our Fall Festival last night! More powerful than anything was the time we spent getting to know the people who live so close to our church.
As we served food, painted faces, and played games we were able to share that we were from the church right over there and point to our church sign from the front lawn in front of the office at Victorian Lakes Mobile Home Community. It was powerful to literally point across the street to tell them where we were and who we were and why we were there.
It was powerful to say we were their neighbors and that we were so excited to come have Fall Festival with them. As we smiled and laughed and commented on their cute costumed kids, there was no question that we were having church.
We hope we’re going to be able to have church with many of them again real soon!
We never imagined that our work with Emmanuel’s Table would lead to a Fall Festival for the Victorian Lakes Mobile Home Community. Then, again we never imagined that Emmanuel’s Table would lead to 17 corporate and local sponsors who believed in helping their neighbors in need.
But it has.
As we prepare to put on a Fall Festival for the Victorian Lakes community, we are thankful to be a part of God’s work. One of the reasons we are called Emmanuel is because we believe God with us and God through us is part our mission. We believe taking that to other people and helping them see that God cares for them is truly a part of who we are. We also believe as Christ-followers it is our mission to help those in need around us and welcome them into our fellowship.
As we learn how to make balloon animals, craft ghosts, and how to run a cake walk, our prayer is that our neighbors will see God’s kingdom here on earth. We hope that our neighbors will see that there are people who care because there is God who cares for them.
Come and join us! 5-7 pm at the lawn in front of the Victorian Lakes Mobile Home Community on Sunset Blvd. We’d love for you to join this meaningful work!
Our worship service from Sunday, October 26:
Soloist: Christina Pittman
Sermon Passage: Matthew 22:34-40
Sermon Title: “The Greatest Commandment”
Our service from Sunday, October 19
Sermon Passage: I Thessalonians 1:1-12
Sermon Title: “And You Became”
Our worship from Sunday October 12:
Sermon Passage: Philippians 4:1-9
Sermon Title: “Of the Same Mind”
Special Music: Caroline Maas
Our worship service from Sunday, October 5:
Sermon Passage: Exodus 20:1-20
Sermon Title: “Checklist Christianity”
Our worship from Sunday, September 28:
Sermon Passage: Philippians 2:1-13
Sermon Title: “Words that Last”
Now that summer is gone, Emmanuel’s Table will be celebrated once a month on the 4th Wednesday at lunchtime. We are excited about the Fall because we know that there will be grave need for our neighbors in need as we get closer and closer to the holidays.
We are also excited about the way Emmanuel’s Table and the sponsors of Emmanuel’s Table continue to provide us with hope that there are people in our community who genuinely care for those who have food insecurities. Although the story of Emmanuel’s Table is something we have heard and been a part of for two months now, our new partners haven’t heard the story yet. When we tell them, we are reminded again and again of the goodness that is alive and well in the people who manage and own restaurants along 378. There are people who are willing to use positions of power and influence to meet the needs of their neighbors. Thanks be to God!
Come and see how a community works together to take care of each other this Wednesday, September 24 at 12 pm!
Thanks to our newest partner, Subway for helping us this week!
Our worship service from Sunday, September 21:
Sermon Passage: Jonah 3:11-4:10
Sermon Title: “When Dawn Came Up”
Our worship service from September 15:
Sermon Passage: Numbers 21:4-9
Sermon Title: “On the Way”