Good Folks, it is the first Friday in August 2019. It is going to be another hot and humid day. Stay cool and comfortable, if possible.
I came across this quote from a Friedrich Christian Carl von Bodelschwingh, better known as Friedrich von Bodelschwingh the Elder, who was a German theologian and politician. He could have been writing to any United Methodist pastor under appointment then as today. Enjoy.
“I beg you, do not look upon Dortmund as a steppingstone, but rather say: Here I shall stay as long as it pleases God; if it be his will, until I die. Look upon every child, your confirmands, every member of the congregation as if you will have to give account for every soul on the day of the Lord Jesus. Every day commit all these human souls from the worst and weakest of hands, namely, your own, into the best and strongest of hands. Then you will be able to carry on your ministry not only without care but also with joy overflowing and joyful hope.” -Friedrich von Bodelschwingh (d 1946)
Everyone is called to make disciples of Jesus Christ; however, we are also called to teach, encourage and guide all who cross our paths in life. This fall, the after-school program that we have done with Central Elementary since 2014, begins again in the first days of September. I want to do something different this year and I need your help to pull it off. It is called “Camp Creativity.”
We will continue to help the students with essentials, given assignments from school and extra teaching/learning sheets; however, what if we offered small group learning in: painting rocks with dots, and making birdhouses and painting them; maybe a tie-dye t-shirt project; making unique cards for special occasions; making a small quilt or beginners crocheting; simple art and whatever passion you have to teach elementary school age students. We are only limited by our creativity.
I firmly believe that we can ignite the creative desire to learn early in a child’s life.
So, I am calling upon the creative people out there for just a short time commitment that could make a life-long difference in some child’s life. Let us not ever forget, we were once a child and someone took the time to teach and love us to our greatest potential.
A flyer will be going out soon to help promote the Wednesday afternoon program.
Thank you Church for being the church, faithful and true.
Invite someone to church. Their lives depend on it.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank (email@example.com)
PS: Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. Wm. Carey