I heard from several people recently who asked, "Where were you last week?" We decided to take a week off from our midweek update. There's so much noise on social media and our email inboxes are exploding. We felt like it was the right time to let us all take a breath.
But, I've been thinking about you and wanted to share a few things that are going on. First of all, I got a haircut. I'm thankful my wife learned how to cut my hair early on our marriage and I didn't realize how much I would appreciate that! We're all celebrating the small wins and simple reasons to be grateful right now, aren't we?
I also want to remind you that our Prayer Walk Challenge is on for tomorrow! I mentioned it during my message this past Sunday. We are going to be challenging people around us to go on a prayer walk with us in our neighborhoods. We're still asking you to observe good social distancing so maybe connect with your phones while you walk and pray. That way you can pray with someone in your neighborhood while they walk and pray with you in their neighborhood-together but apart.
I'm going to be walking around our campus and praying for the day when we get to return here. Would let God show you what to pray for? He may ask you to pray for the people for our city, our schools, our medical providers, or something else. Pray that God would be at work during this time. I think it's a powerful thing that we can do together even though we're going to be walking and praying separately.
An event like this helps us find solidarity during a time when everyone is getting tired of being separated by the quarantine. I want nothing more than to see your faces as we gather together. I know it's hard and complicated right now but at the same time, as believers in Christ, we are called to be people of peace and unity. That's our posture right now. We are called to be a source of peace, love, hope, and joy to our neighbors. They are watching us and they want to see Christ in us.
Finally, we're continuing with our food drive and we're now feeding 1400 families in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank in the Beaverton School District. The food drive is still growing. A few weeks ago, I talked about donated chickens. We got 10,000 pounds of frozen chickens delivered this week and we are now distributing them with food boxes we give out. It's an amazing gift that God has given us, and that we now get to give to our community. That's really what this season is all about. It's about us living out the Gospel in tangible ways, touching our culture.
Thank you so much for staying with us, for watching on Sundays, and for your generosity. Your giving helps make all the good things we're doing possible. We are so grateful for you and I can't wait until we get to see you again in person. Hang in there and I'll see you this Sunday for our online service.