November 17, 2020
by Pastor Justin Waples
Here at East White Oak we are praying that our church body has an outgoing and evangelistic response to “A Season of Hope” that be accomplished through our words and deeds.
See Colossians 3:16-17 which says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Consider the following Local Outreach opportunities this holiday season based off of Colossians 3:16-17.
How can you use your DEEDS to Make Disciples =
You can go Caroling!
Gather around with your family or church group and plan an evening of caroling. You can carol as individual families, as a Small Group, or as a Bible Fellowship etc. Choose a small list of songs (or click here to see a great list of Caroling Lyrics and event planning instructions).
Be sure to leave 6ft between households and stay far back from people’s front door after you knock. Use masks wherever appropriate and be sure to leave plenty of distancing. You can also consider contacting people ahead of time and getting permission to carol at their home.
How can you use your WORDS to Make Disciples =
You can write cards to neighbors!
1. Gather around and send Holiday cards (whether bought or homemade) to 10-20 of your closest neighbors. The new neighbor on the block would really be delighted to hear from you! Leave the greeting name blank if you don’t know their names, but be sure to put your address, name, contact info, and the reason for the card.
2. Share with your neighbors your love for Jesus and the great opportunity we get to celebrate His birth this Christmas. Your card could have a Christmas theme with your favorite Bible verse or words to a Christmas Carol.
3. Encourage them to reach out to you this holiday season or anytime over the next several months if they have any needs. List things you can help with like grocery shopping, shoveling, or a friendly chat over the phone.
4. The Postal Service frowns on putting mail or items in other mailboxes. It is best to mail your card. The card could be put in a gift bag with a pre-packaged treat, hung on the door, or left on the step.
5. Be creative!
Define for them in your card what Neighbor means such as:
- One that is always willing to lend a hand
- Someone who makes the community feel more like home
- A cherished gift
Make stick figures marching carrying signs:
- “A good neighbor is a priceless treasure” Chinese proverb
- “A good neighbor increases the value of your property.” Czech proverb
- “No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor.” Danish proverb
Draw musical notes scattered around the words:
- “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood. A beautiful day for a neighbor! Would you be mine? Could you be mine?”