Online volunteer registration is now closed. However, you are invited to help on the set-up day, Friday, August 26, starting at 12:30pm. (No preregistration is required.) Meet at Ridgefield Nazarene Church and look for Larry and Nancy Johnson. You too can be the hands and heart of Jesus!
Not long ago, a cruise ship headed to the Mediterranean on the first leg of a Holy Lands tour lost power and was adrift in the Atlantic. Fortunately, another large cruise ship was nearby and was able to take all the disabled ship's passengers on board. The rescue ship's crew set up a buffet for the sleep and food-deprived rescuees, who formed a long line to take their turn at getting food, except for the Lutherans, who jumped into action behind the tables to help serve.
This story may be apocryphal, but the message is clear. We Lutherans are doers because we believe that our faith frees and impels us to do God's work on this earth. Food on the Fourth is just one way in which Messiah positively impacts strangers in our larger community.
Compassion Ridgefield, a collaboration among five regional churches, is another project in which many Messiah members have participated since its inception five years ago. It has been extremely effective in helping meet the medical and dental needs of those who would otherwise do without. It also provides clothing, along with many social services.
Messiah members have served in nearly every venue and capacity over the years, but have really taken on the major task of setting up the day before the actual clinic, then putting everything back to its original order immediately after the end of the clinic. It's hard labor with little recognition or reward, except for knowledge that we are actually walking the talk that Jesus has with his disciples in Matthew 25:35.
We are almost exactly three months from this year's Compassion clinic, which has been moved up a month to Saturday, August 27. This early notification to all Messiah members is sent before we all get involved in our various summer activities. The new date helps get us into the Ridgefield school buildings with fewer conflicts and still frees up Labor Day weekend for other activities.
We'd like to see you at that buffet table.