Fruit in Community

Mandi Richey, Faith Community Minister

I’ve been at this community minister thing for a few months now and I thought I would share some of the great fruit that’s being produced.  We are a community and together, we have much fruit to offer.

We have adopted two elementary schools near our church.  Both were threatened with closure in the last legislative session.  Both are small.  Both need help.  When I approached them about our church partnering with them in an effort to be helpful to the students and families, they were most appreciative.  At the beginning of the school year, we had a school supplies drive and collected backpacks brimming with school supplies.  Half was given to each school, much to their students’ delight.

Both schools have fall festivals coming up.  In the spirit of community and giving, some of our congregation members are going to give their time running booths at each of the festivals.  I can’t describe the joy it gives me to see our congregation stepping up and reaching out in love to these schools.  Sharing the fruit they have with the community.

We are blessed to have some faithful young adults in our congregation.  So I’ve planned an event just for them.  They are a giving bunch and really concerned with the less fortunate in our city.  So, we’ve decided to join with a local ecumenical organization’s Hand-On-Housing project (iAct-Interfaith Action of Central Texas) and do a little house painting.  iAct has chosen some houses in our city, owned by elderly people, and we’re going to go and paint the entire exterior of their houses in one day.  I am really looking forward to this experience.  Sharing the love of Christ through hard work is so rewarding and I hope that this experience is just that for our young adults.  They are sharing their fruit with our community.

Sometimes, the ways we can help might seem insignificant or small to us, but they are a huge blessing to the folks on the receiving end.  I have to keep reminding myself of this.  We are a small church, yet we are able to do such huge things.  We are a faithful people.  We have gifts to share.  And most importantly, we are willing.

Willing.

Willing to share our fruit with our community so that the love of Christ might be shown to everyone.

Everyone.