Our church always amazes me in its ability to care for the people Jesus called “the least of these.” This is never truer than at this time when we embark on such big projects as the Fair Trade Sale and the Come Together Free Community Meal.
I often refer to us as a “busy little church,” what with all the mission trips, dinners for homeless people, food for the Share pantry, hygiene kits, school backpacks, donations for Neighbors in Need and One Great Hour of Sharing and Church World Service and on and on. We try to live out our faith the way Jesus would – by taking care of people.
With all of this in mind, your Board of Deacons at its last meeting discussed the possibility of making our mission efforts more focused on one area of need. Rather than spreading our energy, money and time too thinly over many different things, we instead would concentrate our efforts and have a larger impact on one area of need.
Here is an example: Linda Smith suggested “No one goes hungry in Ogden” as a possible mission focus. Certainly many of the things we do (several of them mentioned above) already fit into this focus. But many things don’t: the Fair Trade Sale, our out-of-town mission trip, etc. Concentrating on food means we would let go of campaigns that do not fit.
There are pros and cons to this proposal. How much more good could we do toward seeing that everyone in Ogden is fed if we focused solely on that mission? How would it feel to let go of non-food mission projects, even some that we have done for many years?
What do you think? Let’s talk informally about it over the next few weeks. We will have a chance to discuss the idea all together in a quarterly Congregational Meeting in October.
And as we move forward, let us remember the most important consideration of all: “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said, “just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40).
Peace and love, Pastor Gage