Lent 3

 

Math Teacher: If you have three apples and four oranges in your left hand, and three oranges and four apples in your right hand, what do you have? 

Student: I don’t know, what do you have? 

Well, if you’re at St. John’s, you have a lot of fruit – coming from disciples whose relationship to Jesus is bearing fruit in their lives, in our congregation and community, and in the world. Take, for example, just a few of the newer ministries in the area of Community Care. 

  • A Cancer Companion Support Group begins this May, bringing the fruit of care and support to folks in all stages of the cancer journey.

  • College Freshmen Mentors – The College Connection Ministry Team is in the process of pairing current high school seniors with a disciple in the field they are considering. 

  • A “Healthy Baby” class will begin the week after Easter for parents of babies one year old and younger. Don’t worry, it will be informal and baby-friendly! 

  • The N0-Name-Yet Ministry Team has begun checking in on people in rehab facilities with greetings, smiles, and a friendly “how’s it going” visit. 

  • A Caring for Aging Parents class will be offered this coming Fall. 

  • A new support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one will begin this September. 

These are just a few of the ministries offered by fruit-bearing disciples in Community Care Ministry Teams. Look for details elsewhere in the Messenger. Add to the fruit basket, ministry from Worship and Music, Outreach and Mission, Discipleship, and Stewardship and you get a real feast. 

Math Teacher: If you have three apples and four oranges in your left hand, and three oranges and four apples in your right hand, what do you have? 

Really Smart Student: You have really big hands. 

God’s really big hands continue to plant and nurture us. God’s really big heart full of grace keeps growing us in relationship. What part of the orchard are you called to tend?