Monday, May 17, 2010

Celebrate Life!

We had an awesome day yesterday at church as we looked at the question of what it means for a local community of Christ-followers to celebrate the value of every human life.  The Christian tradition stands on the theological foundation of the imago dei (image of God) to declare that every person has worth and value because every person is made in God's image.  We teach our preschool kids that "God made me," but many times as adults we have not given time to thinking through the implications of this powerful doctrine.  Yesterday at church, we talked about three organizations that we partner with who are demonstrating the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ through their care of the most vulnerable around us.  If you missed the message (which included all three interviews), you can catch it on our website this week.  Here's who we talked to...

Caring for the unborn (by loving on expecting moms):
Agape Pregnancy Resource Center
Many of you took a baby-bottle from their table on Sunday (we are collecting change in them to help fund their amazing work in downtown Round Rock).  They are due on Father's Day.

Caring for the orphan (through foster-care & adoption):
Arrow Family Ministries
Arrow does their orientation to the foster and adoption process on the first Tuesday of each month at their Round Rock offices.  The next orientation is June 1st!
We announced Sunday that we were launching our own fund with a great ministry called ABBA Fund, which helps prospective adoptive families get loans to cover adoption costs.  We are also participating in a marathon in October (called Chosen: Marathon For Adoption).  We had 30 runners sign up on Sunday!

Caring for the poor (through international sponsorship):
Compassion International
Compassion is a wonderful international agency that works in over 25 countries.  Barie and I have sponsored a Compassion child for 10 years, and we were excited to see many families pick up packets on Sunday.

I am blessed to lead a congregation of people who are so giving.  Thanks for everyone who helped out on this special Sunday!

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