This week's message, "Sweet Restoration!", continues Pastor Spencer's meditations on Psalm 23. Videos are available on our YouTube channel and Facebook page. As always, the audio only version is available on the recent sermons section of the web site or from your favorite Podcasting app. Pastor Spencer says,
A few years back there was a TV show on called “American Restoration.” The guy who starred on it could restore all sorts of seemingly useless items back to a good purpose to bless others and showcase his skills. But “American Restoration” doesn’t hold a candle to “Divine Restoration”! What this master craftsman on TV could do with broken and battered objects of all kinds doesn’t begin to measure up to—is not even in the same category with—what the Creator, Redeemer, and Master of all does for his people, the sheep of his flock!
Here are a few ideas that we as people of hope, strength and peace can do to BE a community working FOR our community and still follow social-distancing protocols:
1. Five Phone Calls a Day.
Let’s all take the pledge to call five people in our church a day as a way to check-in, ask how they are doing and how we can pray for them. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean emotional distancing. Stay in touch. While we cannot see and interact with each other face to face, these phone calls can be important ways to love and care for each other...voice to voice.
2. Support your local food bank.
As you know, school closures are impacting the families with children who depend on lunch programs. One of the ways we can be FOR our community is to partner with our local food bank. So let’s have a food drop-off drive-thru! If you have donations of food, wrap them securely in plastic bags and bring them to the front of church. Place your donation at one of covered entrances of Worship Center. We’ll make sure it gets to Sweetwater Mission or Storehouse. (No expired items please.) Please deliver your food donation Monday -Thursday between 8a and 4p.
Here’s a suggested list of needed items (underlined items are top priority):
Peanut butter, Canned meats (chicken, tuna), Canned pasta, Bags of pasta, Red Beans and Rice, Bags of oatmeal, Canned carrots, Canned green beans, Canned mixed vegetables, Canned potatoes, Canned tomato product, Canned beans, Canned pinto beans, Chunky soup, Condensed soup, Cans of fruit, Dry milk (cartons), Mac and Cheese.
You may live closer to the Food Pantry of MUST Ministries.
Drop off non-perishable food items in the barrels outside of MUST’s donation site, seven days a week 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: MUST Donation Center, 1280 Field Pkwy. Marietta
For more info see: https://www.mustministries.org/
3. Buy online gift cards to support local businesses.
You can support our local businesses impacted by this season of social-distancing by purchasing online gift cards. If you have favorite local shops, restaurants and businesses that you know you are going to take your business to after this crisis is over go ahead and purchase online gift cards from them. Not every business has an e-commerce option and it doesn’t apply to every business. However, don’t let that stop you.
4. Leverage your Social Media Platforms to support the Community.
This a great opportunity for us to become voices of hope, clarity, and communication. Re-post and re-tweet messages or updates from local charities. Do the same regarding important health updates. Share verses and stories that give people the God-sized perspective on our current situation.
Share your story.
Now, it’s your turn. Let’s go from four ideas to forty, at least.
What ideas can you share to help us all serve our community during COVID-19?
It’s a whole lot better than worrying!
We have identified another opportunity to help our neighbors at Walton Crossing. The message below is from Lin Harrison.
Dear OHBC Friends,
We have a few children (at Walton Crossing) who do not have computers, laptops or printers needed to complete their online classroom assignments. If you have a laptop, computer or printer you’d like to donate, please let me know asap. All equipment should be “wiped clean” of personal information before it is donated. Ideally computers/laptops need to have at least Windows 10.
We will work with Mission 1:27 to provide a donation form for tax purposes.
Thanks in advance for your help,
If you can help with this need, contact Lin.
As we look for ways to continue to minister to our community while we have suspended our public gatherings, here are a couple of opportunities for Orange Hill to help. One of the aspects of the response to COVID-19 in our community is the closure of schools and many after school programs. One consequence of this is that many students who depend on meals from the school system will need to be fed in other ways. Here is an excerpt from a note from Lin Harrison about the opportunity we have to be part of meeting that need.
"The schools and Walton Communities, in an effort to continue some services to vulnerable families, are asking their partner churches to work with them during this 'schools closed period' to meet basic food/nutrition needs. Sanders Elementary has an on-campus food pantry supplied by MUST Ministries. They would like to continue scheduled distributions with OHBC as the pick-up point. We are scheduling the pick up day to be Wednesdays 5p-7p. MUST Ministries will begin sending food boxes to OHBC for distribution next week.
Walton Communities has closed their Adventure Centers’ after school programs. They do want to provide a daily sack lunch during this season by working with church partners...We can make lunches and distribute on Thursday and Friday. I believe we can safely meet these needs with a small team of volunteers. The details will be firmed up on Monday (3/16)."
If you would like to help with meeting these needs, please contact Lin to find out how you can be involved.