Concord UMC, Catawba shares the love of Christ through their Advent Acts of Worship in 2020
This Advent, Concord UMC in Catawba began with a challenge to boost their food pantry giving. They collected almost half a ton of food to divide between two local food pantries! The outpouring was beyond generous and the food pantries were in shock. While Concord UMC may not be an incredibly large congregation, they are certainly large-in-heart.
- The first week's Act of Giving was to perform "surprise" gifts to strangers or those who don't often receive affirmations. They saw gifts of flowers, diapers for shelters, mittens, gloves and scarves for the homeless, dinners bought, groceries donated...the Spirit really began to flow.
- The second week's Act of Giving was to support and provide hygiene kits, gift cards and adopt families for Rosenwald. The church provided over double the kits that were required by our missional network ( #7), adopted double the amount of families, and gave 20 gifts ( $40 per student!). Through tears of joy, they watched as the Spirit began to increase
- The third week's Act of Giving was to provide a lunch for the ER staff of both Hickory hospitals ( Catawba Valley and Frye), both day and night shifts. They delivered 140 meals to a shocked and grateful group of tireless workers. One nurse expressed that in her 10 years of working at the hospital, no one had ever done such a thing. And the Spirit of Christmas continued...
- On the fourth week's Act of Giving, they wrote Christmas cards and delivered them to all the inmates in the Catawba jail...again, fulfilling a ministry hole that had not yet been filled!
And, Concord UMC has decided to keep on working on their Acts of Worship in Giving even into 2021.
(Pictured is only a quarter of the food the church collected for their food pantry challenge!)
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RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.