Glory Sightings in the Northwest District
This space has been created to share the stories of the ways God's glory is being revealed through the ministries of churches in the Northwest District. If you have a story to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's bring glory to God by sharing our stories!
Glory Sighting - Received August 2, 2017
"This is Terry. She has built a relationship with Church For Everyone over the past 6 months. Through a gift from a generous CFE donor, she drove home today in a much needed car. She is so grateful that she cried.
"I was thirsty and you gave me drink." -Matt 25:35"
Stephanie Hanslow, Christ United Methodist Church & Church for Everyone
Glory Sighting - Received July 14, 2017
On Sunday, July 9, the Penta Cluster +1 of the Northwest District took over church night at the Newton County Pun'kin Vine Fair. They brought in a band and offered a free meal of roasted hog. The night was a huge success as 225 meals were served and 80 people stayed for the concert. They are already making plans for next year but here is a little recap about what God did this year.
"Last year we only served 35 people which was quite distressing as it was many fewer than the year before. We had started out with a hot dog dinner with an emphasis on serving the crew from the amusement company running the rides. In previous years, the fair was not open at all and we noticed a need for food and drink for "Church Night". So we filled the need for our own with our goal to reach out to the workers. That changed last year though.
The amusement company offered to open the rides for 2 hours, from 5 to 7 pm for free rides to kids in exchange for 5 food items to be donated to the local food pantry. When they did that, other food vendors opened as well and there was no real need for us so we used it to our advantage this year. We chose instead to offer the meal on a free will offering basis so that anyone, no matter their financial situation, would not be left out. Needless to say, we underestimated the crowd because we completely sold out in 45 minutes. Next year we are making arrangements for 2 pigs and twice the amount of baked beans (the pitmaster makes them from scratch right there).
We have also had a booth in the commercial building sponsored by the cluster. Clint Fink has used the logo created for the cluster and had balloons made that we have been distributing (filled with helium). Evan brought the popcorn popper from his church and I secured popcorn for the week for us to distribute freely.
We have had excellent response. In fact, I was able to witness a new family who had just moved from Colorado to Brook, IN come face to face with the pastor and members of the Brook United Methodist Church and it may well have been the greeting they needed to take the Brook church as their new home."
Glory to God! He opens doors we thought were closing and leads the way. He just asks that we follow! Thank you for following His lead Penta Cluster +1!
Glory Sighting - Received July 18, 2017
"Last year, Jamie came to our A Better Life - Brianna's Hope chapter shortly after coming to town, homeless and with all his possessions in two garbage bags. He stayed in a local halfway house, relapsed, and went to a different halfway house. All the while, he came to ABLBH. This weekend, he voluntarily stood up in Sunday worship to testify to how God brought him through his struggle, to his renewal of baptism, to the fact that he has a job, an apartment, and visitation with his son. He thanked the congregation for their love and support and for offering ABLBH. He has stepped onto our Team Hope (leadership team) at ABLBH.
But that's not the best part. Today, he visited another person in recovery in the hospital following surgery because 'it's what we do.'
Glory to God, from whom all blessings flow!"
Lore Blinn Gibson, Pastor, Lafayette Grace UMC
Thank you God, for your movement within our churches. And thank you Lore, for your willingness to share the story of that movement.