It looks like this is shaping up to be a busy weekend. I don’t have any sense of how many thousands of people are about to descend on Bristol and the area around the Speedway. I just know to avoid the area like the plague.
So this weekend, I’m going to hang out with young people from all around the Clinch Mountain District at Camp Ahistadi.
Rather than being surrounded by race fans, I’m going to be surrounded by teenagers.
I’m hoping that was a wise choice.
I’m sure several of you are taking this weekend as an opportunity to escape the madness that is Race Weekend, too. I know we also have some members of our community who are opening their homes to welcome travelers and race fans from around the country.
There’s something to that. It seems like the prophets and Jesus have something to say about welcoming the sojourner.
That’s easy for me to say, of course: I won’t be here.
But wherever you find yourself – at camp, at a science fair, at the race track, at the beach – be sure to keep your eyes open and your heart warmed. Show the world the inexhaustible welcome of God. Show them, as the psalmist reminded us last week,
How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
That’s it. That’s your challenge this week. That’s a pretty good challenge anytime, for that matter, but see if you can put it to work for the weekend.
Then see how God changes the world around you, the people around you, and, especially, how God changes you.
Our Feed the Hungry offering this week is for Local Missions.
This mission helps members of our church family and other immediate
local mission needs.
Mission of the Month
OurHomebound Connections Team
has the following needs:
Helpers for writing Christmas, Easter, birthday, get well, and other types of cards
Assisting with monthly visits and calling our Homebound members
Monetary donations; did you realize that the Homebound Committee is 100%funded by donation?
Join the Team! You will meet some wonderful people and your participation will help our Homebound to be connected when they can no longer be physically present in our worship.
Camp Director Jeff Wadley says, “The outdoor setting, camp activities and summer counselors are avenues for our campers to be introduced to Christ and to grow in faith. Our theme this summer is Here I Am! in which we will study God’s presence in our lives.This is the heartbeat of our camp curriculum.”
Café Central (est. 2014) is a community food initiative operated by youth and young adults with disabilities. The initiative is a partnership between River’s Way, Central Christian Church, Tennessee High School and Virginia High School. Café Central provides tasty and nutrition lunches to the public on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the school year. The hours are 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the cost is $5.00 per person.
Café Central is located in the Fellowship Hall at Central Christian Church at 424 Melrose Street in Bristol, TN, two blocks from Tennessee High School. For more information, contact Tom Hanion, Executive Director of River’s Way at firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up go to www.bit.ly/bristolcafe.
Annual Good Food for All Challenge
Launched by Local Citizens
Appalachian Sustainable Development’s food access program, Healthy Families-Family Farms (HFFF) has launched the Good Food for All Challenge to support local farmers and provide free, fresh vegetables to people in need who visit food banks/pantries. Since 2004, HFFF has donated over 1 million pounds of nutritious seconds produce to food banks and pantries.
Good Food for All Challenge will take place from now – May 15, 2018. All donations received during this time will have up to 30 percent added to it from HFFF. Donations can be made at www.asdevelop.org. Supporters can also mail checks to: Healthy Families-Family Farms, P.O. Box 791, Abingdon, VA 24212 with “Challenge” in the memo line.