Giving Tree

A “Blessing Box” will be built by the big old tree at church, newly named “The Giving Tree” by our congregation last Sunday. The unanimous decision to add this project came after several uplifting testimonies about similar blessing boxes at other churches in our community and across the country. Everyone will be free to share food staples on the honor system of “Take what you need and bring what you can.”

Congregational Dialogue Sermon

“The Ministry of All Christians” is the Laity Sunday sermon topic for October 20, corresponding with the denominational theme for Laity Sunday, “Therefore, Go! With HOPE through PURPOSE.”

The Bible Reading is from 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. “All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.” (1 Cor. 12:27 GNT). Three people will lead the dialogue on the points of the discussion:

1. Matthew 5:14 — Ways we embody the light of Christ in our congregation.

2. 1 Corinthians 12:12 — Ways our congregation works for justice.

3. 1 Peter 2:9 — Ways our congregation encourages people to use the means of grace, especially regular prayer, study, worship, and service

The bulletins for this and last Sunday include a copy of the “Briensburg UMC Missional Vision and Ministries” and of “The Ministry of All Christians” Section 2 of The United Methodist Book of Discipline as additional references.