38 “This is the great and foremost commandment.
39 “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
These teams lead us in Loving One Another:
Member Services Team
Persecuted Church Team
Jesus’ prayer for us the evening before His crucifixion included these words,
20 “I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;
21 that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me.
22 “And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one;
23 I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love Me.”
The Fellowship Team helps us grow toward this depth of love for one another by organizing relationship building events.
One monthly event is a covered dish lunch on the 2nd Sunday of each month following our Life Groups. All are invited to join us even if you didn’t know to or forgot to bring a dish. There’s always plenty of great food! We usually celebrate the Lord’s Supper during the meal (which is the way Jesus instituted it with His disciples and which was also apparently a practice in the early church as seen in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34). Frequently a missionary or another speaker will share what God is doing around the world during the meal.
The Fellowship Team also leads all of us to offer warm greetings and hospitality to our guests.
If you like thinking up relationship building ways for people to get together this team invites you to join them.
Member Services Team
13 “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14)
Member Services helps us meet each other’s physical and emotional needs in an organized way. Listed below are the services we try to provide. If you have a need, please contact the church office or the team leader. It would be an honor to serve you.
If you would like to serve others in this way, please contact the church office or the team leader and let them know any of these things with which you may be able to help. If the pastors do not know you, they will want to get to know you before you join this team. After that, if a need arises, the team or church office may call you. If you have time and feel you can help, you will experience the blessing of serving. Thank you for considering this ministry.
Visitation and friendship
Preparing and delivering meals
Helping with cleaning and errands
Making prayer shawls
Home repair (carpentry, roofing, plumbing, electrical, appliance, flooring, AC)
Pastor/missionary sabbatical ministry
42 “And calling them (His disciples) to Himself, Jesus said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.
43 “But it is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;
44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.
45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Persecuted Church Team
16 “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”
(1 John 3:16-18)
The Persecuted Church Team educates and guides the church into the most efficient and effective ways we can help our brothers and sisters around the world who are facing persecution and poverty. They generally meet the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:00pm: locations may vary.
Persecuted brothers and sisters around the world are us.
13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, …
…there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.
26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.”
(1 Corinthians 12:13 and 26-27)
These brothers and sisters are Jesus (indwelt by Jesus: Jesus experiences what they experience.)
39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
40 “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:39-40)
We invite you to join us as we join them.
If you like to keep up through internet research and prayer with what is going on in the lives of the persecuted and impoverished and the ministries helping them God may be calling you into this essential ministry. The office will be glad to put you in contact with the leaders of the Persecuted Church Team.
3 “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.”
31 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
32 “And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;
33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink?
38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
39 ‘And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
40 “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’