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 We will not meet during our normal worship times on November 20-21.  Rather, we will be the Church in action, distributed throughout our communities finding ways to bless neighbors, neighborhoods, co-workers, acquaintances, ministry partners, family, strangers, all who make up our communities.

 

What are we asking you to do?

As an individual, family, small group, group of friends, find someone(s) you can bless during that weekend.  Help, honor, love that person(s) in practical ways (at whatever time works best for you and them). The best place to start is by considering those in your neighborhood or family or workplace or some other natural network with which you are connected.  To get you started thinking, below is an “Idea list” of what might be most helpful to those around you.

Ideas for serving (Please practice COVID sensitivities):

Think through your interests and abilities, how can you help others?

  • Clean out someone’s gutters.

  • Help a widow or older person with a house project (ask what would help).

  • Visit a nursing home and play music or sing or just listen.

  • Show up at a store (maybe one you frequent) and wash the windows.

  • Help prepare someone’s home for winter.

  • Making a meal for someone in need.

  • Bake cookies for the fire or police departments and deliver with a smile and “thank you”. 

  • Sit with someone who needs a listening ear.

  • Clean up a park....litter pick-up

  • Take packaged snacks for hospital nursing stations and/or nursing home staff?

  • Help single parents by doing house cleaning, laundry, yard work.

  • Walk through your neighborhood and pray for your neighbors…and be open to ways you may be able to practically help someone.

  • Drive around town stopping in church parking lots to pray for those churches.

  • Drive to various public buildings and pray for our government.

  • Offer to check and change smoke detector batteries.

  • For other ideas visit: randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas .

As a family, consider these ideas:

  • Make baked goods for 1st responders and deliver to stations with a “thank you”.

  • Rake leaves, clean up a yard for those who cannot.

  • Visit an elderly person(s) who may be lonely.

  • Make a gift for a missionary and send a card (ask pat@thechapel.family for addresses).

  • Clean up a favorite park or place you enjoy.

  • Make Thanksgiving cards to give to nursing home residents.

  • Offer child-care so a parent(s) can have a little time away.

  • Make cards for teachers, lunch workers, janitors, etc

  • Drive to local schools and pray for school workers by name.

Consider these ideas if you are unable to leave your home:

  • Invite someone to your place just to pray with them.

  • Send a note to a widow or widower….or to anyone who has suffered loss.

  • Pray for your church and other churches in the area.

  • Write letters/emails to missionaries (as pat@thechapel.family for addresses). Pray for them.

  • Make a call or text someone simply to encourage them.

  • Send a note to a first responder or someone in the military to thank them for their service.

  • Get a list of local schools and pray for school workers by name.

If none of the above work for you, call The Chapel office at 419-627-0208 (9-5, M,W,F) or email welcome@thechapel.family. We can give you another idea unique to the Sandusky, Port Clinton, Norwalk communities.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.   

Matthew 5:16

 

The greatest among you will be your servant.    

Matthew 23:11

 

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.   

Mark 10:45


And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ 

Matthew 25:40