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Reaching Out at Halloween

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Have you ever had a bad day, a bad week, or even longer. I had a bad September. It started with a vacation to Cabo where we experienced Tropical Storm Linda and had multiple days with no electricity and no running water. We returned home to a death in our family and then multiple family members being hospitalized for all different reasons. We experienced late nights... overnights in hospitals ...needing to leave our kids... needing a meal and more. Yet, in the middle of all of what we were going through, we were surrounded by people helping, extended family people, friends people, people from church, it was such a blessing.

One night as I was in the waiting room of the hospital, I saw a dad who had brought his wife into the hospital and had to bring 2 little kids with him. It was late and he was trying to help them sleep on chairs in the waiting room. It made me realize he had no people to call to come watch his kids while he took care of his wife.

What would it be like to have no one around to help out. No people to offer a meal, no people to watch your kids, no people to take in your mail, no people to feed your dog. I think a lot of the world has no people.

Reaching out to our neighbors and those around us... we get to be their people. But how do you start?


Halloween? Yes.  More people potentially come to your house on Halloween than the rest of the year combined. You can totally take advantage of this opportunity to get to know your neighbors and the people around you. Here are 3 levels at which you can throw a “Halloween Party”

  1. Turn on your front light, buy some candy, and hand out candy when people ring your doorbell.
  2. All of the above, but buy full size candy bars (you’ll be the hero of the neighborhood), wear a costume, introduce yourself to everyone, and find out if they live right near you.
  3. Set up a Halloween experience in your driveway. Build a fire, setup chairs, make s'mores, serve hot chocolate, give away big candy bars, build a haunted house in your garage, bob for apples, wear a costume, anything else you can think of the sky’s the limit.

Most of all have fun, meet your neighbors and begin to build relationships with them, letting them know that if they need something you can be their people.

in Church

Commitment Weekend

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The night before Christmas was always really special as a kid. The anticipation of what would be under the tree waiting in the morning and all the fun of the festivities that surrounded it. As a kid, if you would have told me that I would enjoy giving gifts as a parent as much as I do I wouldn’t have believed you. But actually, I like it even better! I love knowing what the kids are going to get and watching their little faces light up with excitement on Christmas day.

We shouldn’t be surprised that it works this way, Acts 20:35 shows that the early church was careful to share this same idea. “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Actually we know now that even science tells us that our brains respond when we give, we were designed to be generous!

This weekend we will commit together—just like a smaller group of people did a decade ago—to see how we can be a part of what God wants to do through us into the next decade and beyond. We are praying and hoping to raise $3 million (and adding no debt) to create significantly better spaces in our large group environments and parking lot to clearly share the better life in Jesus.

I’m asking you to do two things. First and foremost, pray. We’ve been talking about how we make our gift to Re:Vision a spiritual decision and it comes on the other side of these questions:

  • What can I give?
  • What can I sacrifice?
  • What can I trust God for?

We are also going to be praying a specific prayer as a church this week, especially on Friday.

And second, decide as an individual or family what you’ll commit to what God wants to do through us and come Sunday with your three commitment and initial offering towards that commitment. All we’re asking is for you to ask God to lead you … and then be obedient to what you feel He is asking you to do … period.

I have been so excited to share what I believe God has put on our heart as a leadership team through Re:Vision—it’s God’s big number for us. And I hope you sense God’s big number for your family and can give it joyfully this weekend. God loves that kind of giving.

Helpful Resources:

Re:Vision Gathering- Did you miss attending a Re:Vision Gathering. Watch it here.

Re:Vision Prayer Guide- Join us on Friday, October 13 in prayer for Re:Vision and the commitments being made.

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