It hasn’t been quite “Church as Usual” here at Good Sam lately; people who are sick and fearful and bowled over by the love and care they receive here; new families are coming almost weekly, last week one family turned in an estimate of giving card and are ready to join after their first visit. There were 30 children that came forward for Children’s time this last Sunday and one visitor stood to offer a testimonial and confess his need for help, not knowing where else to turn. We’re having an impact! How can we make it a “Lasting Impact” (check out this invitation).
The stories seem to go on and on. Two Sundays ago a visiting family from the neighborhood had their children shadow the acolyte and crucifer that morning. They were learning that they were welcome here and are very welcome to be involved. One new member put it this way to me, “the values I see here are: “Jump in, get involved, you matter, we’re glad you are here, we are in this together.””
In these anecdotal stories you might begin to hear that we are beginning to have at least a short term impact if not a lasting impact with those who come and feel they are welcome and belong here. Really this is the core of the conversation I want to invite us all at Good Sam to have over the next three months. How can we better step forward through our faith lives to make a lasting impact within and outside our walls with people God brings into our lives?
Follow this link to read another story about Danata and her mission to bring her Grandchildren to church. Please consider picking up a copy of the book called “Lasting Impact.” By Carey Neiuwhof . there are copies available in the Fellowship Hall. Here is the link to the invitation to read and explore these seven important questions for making our impact a lasting one. Then join us on Wednesday evenings in Advent (7 pm) for discussion or perhaps for Sunday morning’s Coffee and Conversation (10:30 am) during Advent to talk about our perceptions, hopes, dreams and where God’s call is percolating in our community.