VBS is in full swing at Meadows, and by the time you read this email, day 4 — “Water Day” — will have been completed, and we’ll have just one more day of 50 kids (and over 30 volunteers) on the Meadows property.
It really has been awesome. The entire Kids Building is decorated like ancient Greece, we have games going on outside on the turf, we have about 20 teenagers leading little groups of kids around the campus, we have a young team leading worship, and we have adults doing check-in, teaching, serving snacks, and more. It really is a total team effort, one that hopefully the kids will remember forever.
The Lord loves it when we combine efforts as a church body to accomplish a good thing together for the advancement of the Kingdom. And not just because we’re all playing nice — which, in all honesty, all parents LOVE to see from their kids (right?).
That IS a beautiful sight, one that the Bible speaks of in Psalms:
Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity! NIV
But I think there’s even more to it than that. This isn’t just a team-building exercise. It’s not just so we can say “Look, we did something cool!” The Lord actually uses our combined efforts to build up His church, and to cause us to grow in the process.
Ephesians 4:15-16 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. NLT
See that? Everyone chipping in, with the gifts that God has blessed them with, to build people up in truth and love, so that the whole Body will be healthy. This stuff matters! Having a common goal, a universal aim, and doing it with truth and love, together as brothers and sisters in Christ: it really does cause us to grow, collectively and individually!
And even if you missed out on VBS, you can be a part of that kind of teamwork every week at Meadows, where our mission statement is:
“We exist to declare and display the liberating power of the Gospel.”
That statement is on our lobby wall as a reminder of why we’re here, and that anyone can join in on that combined mission! God LOVES it when we join forces as a church!
This weekend is Portia’s 40th birthday! (Yes, I actually got her permission to say that.) If you’d like to bring a card, we’ll have a box out in the lobby this Sunday.
On Monday, June 10, Portia and I begin our vacation. The Church Council graciously offers us 3 weeks of vacation every year, and we’re looking forward to the time of rest and refreshment. We’ll be making our annual stop at Manhattan Beach, and visit the spot where I proposed to her on the beach. The kids LOVE it when we re-enact the whole event.
We have an awesome lineup of preachers for the 3 Sundays we’ll be gone, so you won’t want to miss a Sunday!