March 25, 2016
Easter Weekend Worship Services
Saturday Night Traditional Service, 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Sunday Sunrise Service, 6:15 a.m. at the Meditation Garden
Sunday Traditional Services, 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Sunday Contemporary Services, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. in Smith Worship Center
Come and join us!
The more I have become invested in this community, the more I have realized that things aren’t quite as they seem. We are located in the middle of a thriving community with seemingly endless resources. Because of that, it’s easy for us to think that need does not exist. We would be wrong.
Need exists in our community. Poverty exists in our community. Many in our community are desperate for a glimmer of hope.
Every Thursday and Saturday, our church building hosts more than 800 families a month through Seven Loaves Community. Each family has their own unique story to tell. For the last few weeks in worship, we have heard Trellis's and Karisa’s stories unfold. These women are in totally different stages of life, but with one thing is common — hope.
Trellis is a middle-aged African American woman with 4 adult children. Karisa is a young Caucasian woman just starting out in life. While their lives look very different, they both found the direction they were looking for through the services that Seven Loaves Community provides. They have been able to see glimpses of hope — of what is possible in this life. Through Project Hope, they received one-on-one coaching from a mentor, a financial advisor and a licensed professional counselor. Through the Food Pantry, they received groceries, including fresh produce and hygiene products. Through Joseph’s Coat, they received clothes at no cost to carry them through a season in which they needed it the most. Each of these services have propped them up; and, to quote Trellis, “Made me feel like I’m going to make it.”
These women’s stories have captivated me. They have reminded me of the privilege we have at St. Andrew to walk alongside people like them through Seven Loaves Community. They have given me a new way to think about Romans 5:3-5:
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out
into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
This Easter, a special offering will be collected for Seven Loaves Community. You may give online (select “Easter Offering”) or through a cash/check donation during Easter worship services. A special envelope will be provided in the pew pocket or at the doors as you walk in. This Easter offering is the main source of financial support that Seven Loaves Community receives for the year. Please consider giving to a ministry that is giving so much to the residents of Collin County and is one way of sharing hope with our neighbors.
Let us remember that hope will not disappoint us as we celebrate the Risen Lord on Sunday morning!