God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mission 1

When I was little, one of the nights we gathered around the TV was to watch "Mission Impossible."  It was on the only station we got, but it was a show all of us loved.  The show always began the same way.  Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) would receive a tape recorded message which said, "Jim, your mission, if you choose to accept it is..." and then it began.  Jim was then given an impossible mission to save the world.  He always accepted the mission and set about choosing agents, with the right skills to complete the mission. As you might guess, the super secret agents of Mission Impossible were always able to complete their mission and save the US or the world from catastrophe. 

Well this is your tape recorded mission, should you choose to accept it.  From 11-1-11 to 11-11-11, the United Church of Christ and our congregation will be focusing on hunger in the United States and around the world. The goals for the campaign from the United Church of Christ are:
  •         Collect more than 1 MILLION ITEMS OF HEALTHY FOOD and other household items for local food banks
  •          to gather more than $111,111 DOLLARS for Neighbors in Need
  •          to gather $100,000 for African famine relief
  •          Offer more than 11,111 LETTERS to Congress asking our government to reform U.S. foreign assistance in a way that more effectively benefits hungry and poor people worldwide

As part of this focus, our Mission will begin on November 1, 2011 with an All Saints Day Prayer Service focused on hunger.  During the service we will read scripture, sing songs, and focus on raising awareness about hunger and poverty and turning that awareness into action.  You are invited to bring food for the Lake Geneva Food Pantry and/or make a donation for hunger relief in Africa.  On Sunday, November 6 we will continue our focus on hunger with Each One Bring One Sunday.  The motto of the United Church of Christ is Jesus’ prayer “that they may all be one.”  On this Sunday, as we celebrate being one together as Christ’s body on Earth, you are invited to:  Bring 1+ Can(s) of Food for the Food Pantry; Bring 1+ Dollar(s) for Neighbors in Need; Bring 1+ Friend(s) to Worship; Bring 1+ Offering of Letters to Worship ( a sample can be found at: http://www.bread.org/ol/2011/sample-letter.html).  After worship the adult education class in the pastor’s office will focus on hunger. 

Each of us in the Church, like Mission Impossible agents, have been given special talents to help accomplish the mission. Who among us have the resources necessary to help others?  Who among us are willing to sharing our faith with others and inviting them to participate in our worship and mission?  Who among us will write letters to congress?  Who among us will teach others about hunger?  Each of us can bring our gifts to this mission and then the goals for the United Church of Christ can become a living possibility expressing our belief that they may all be one. 

How about you? Are you willing to accept your mission?

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