I love my church for about a MILLION different reasons. Here are just a few!
1. We have the best and cutest pastor!
2. There is zero ugliness, even when we disagree.
3. We are not stiff or stuffy! We don't take ourselves too seriously, but we do make Jesus relevant in everything!
4. The most amazing youth group is full of unique and friendly kids who let me hang out with them every now and then...and Justin and Caleb have a home there!
5. For some crazy reason, they let me live out my calling to lead Bible study. For that matter, they let me just be me!
6. Most of all, we are a body of believers who don't judge, but really do accept the fact that we are all sinners who've been redeemed.
And in light of that last one, we are getting the ministry opportunity of a lifetime about which I'm stoked. (See, I've been hanging out with the youth group long enough to pick up some groovy language. They still use words like "stoked" and "groovy" right?)
FBCLS is getting the opportunity to provide free childcare for the teenage mother's who attend LSR7's Summit Ridge Academy! That's huge, folks!
We talk about being pro life. We agonize over how our public schools don't respect Christian beliefs (which we've not necessarily experienced here in LSR7...). Now we've been given this amazing opportunity to literally BE THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS to girls in our public school system who've chosen life! It's like God just teed it up for us!
Let's just be honest. Most "christians" would immediately judge these girls and their families. Most would attempt to disassociate themselves lest Jesus' name be tarnished. At the very least, most would silently say something like, "What a shame!" and leave it at that. Not FBCLS!
We will greet these girls every morning at 7:30am when they drop of their precious little ones at the church with a smile! We will ask them how it's going? We will pray for them as they have a test or a project due! We will love on these babies like they are our very own flesh and blood! We will sing Jesus songs to them and rock them. Then when those moms come back at 2:30pm, we will give them their clean and rested and safe baby. We will be a solid and gracious link in their support system. Eventually we will celebrate with them as they graduate and move on to make the best life for their little family. We will make sure they know about Jesus and that He's the reason any of us have real life.
I'm so excited about this opportunity I could bust! You see, my sweet Sarah will start to kindergarten this year and I will be able to help on Fridays! If you live in Lee's Summit or the surrounding area and want to join me, please contact Trish Frevert at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up! The church will pay for you to have a background check. We are still looking for 3 people to provide care from 7:30am to 11:30am and 9 people to provide care from 11:30am to 2:30pm. We start August 14th!
But Jesus called the children to Him and said "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these..."