Expressions of Grace

Unity is involved in a lot of missions.

Supporting Afghan refugees in our manse.

Partnering with missionaries in England.

Serving monthly meals at Hesed House— Lincoln County’s only homeless shelter.

Providing food donations to the hungry through Novant Health, East Lincoln Christian Ministries, and Moms and Munchkins.

Funding disaster assistance through the One Great Hour Of Sharing offering.

Shall I go on? I could, and it would be kind of fun to do because Unity is involved in dozens of missions. These missions are local, regional, and international in scope and they assist people in every life stage.

We support young mothers through Florence Crittenton, the elderly through Lakewood Homes, and those fleeing abusive relationships through Amy’s House. Sorry— it’s hard to stop listing mission projects because they’re each so unique and valuable. And I’ve still left way too many off this list!

But that’s ok. I think this list accomplishes my point. Unity is involved in a lot of missions, which is to say you, the people of God, the body of Christ, are involved in a lot of missions.

All of them are unique in who they serve and how they help.

The session has authorized the creation of a Mission Board in order to better organize our many mission projects. Will you pray about the opportunity to serve on the Mission Board?

We are seeking three congregation members who will commit to serving a two-year term. Two elders and the pastors will also serve on the board. Together, the Mission Board will seek to accomplish three things.

  1. Oversee all the mission initiatives.
  2. Develop long-term strategies for engagement.
  3. Creatively communicate service opportunities with the congregation.

This team will meet monthly, or as needed. Consider nominating yourself by filling out the online form here.

This morning, as I type these words, I find myself deeply grateful for the work of this church. Unity is outward-focused, always emphasizing the needs of others. It reminds me of how Peter described the early church:

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…
—1 Peter 4:10

The gifts we use serve others; they are expressions of God’s grace within us. And what beautiful expressions they are.

This Sunday is the Palm Sunday cantata! We will have guest instrumentalists and the choir will lead both services. This is a GREAT Sunday to invite a friend.

Don’t forget Wednesday Night Dinner tomorrow—Bible study at 5 pm and dinner at 5:45 pm.

Also, breakfast on Sunday at 8:30 am.

See you on Sunday!

—Pastor David

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