Happy Friday!

Last Sunday, I approached Tammy, our Ding Dong Ditch leader, and asked how many people we had that still needed to be chosen/adopted/sponsored. I believe 31 was the number.

But Tammy immediately followed that number with the following statement,

“Don’t worry, though. The West people always show up.”

Then, midweek, in our text thread, it read, “We only have six more folks left in DDD.”

Before I could reply, the message changed to, “They are all taken!”

She’s right.

You always show up!

Over the past several weeks, you’ve been nominating individuals who need some love this Christmas Season. Over 60 people were nominated!

Then you chose individuals from that list, purchased Christmas for them, and will be bringing the items back so that the congregation can wrap them, then deliver them, Dec. 17.

In so many ways . . . the ways you showed up during the “Peace. Love. Rich. Series” . . . leaf raking, putting gifts together for children’s birthdays when, without this mission, birthday parties would not happen, building planter boxes for the Humane Society, getting food for the backpack mission . . .

I could go on and on . . . but the thing I’m struck by is that you always show up.

And you show up with great Love.

West –

The way you love people is inspiring.

The way you put the needs of others at the forefront of your lives is inspiring.

The way you continue to see how you can work together with others so that the love of God is shared continually in our community and world is inspiring.

You look just like the early church.

Thank you!

Sunday, we will continue talking about promises, Light, Life, and Love.

Until then, have an amazing weekend!

Grace and Peace,


Acts 4:32-35

The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them.

And so it turned out that not a person among them was needy. Those who owned fields or houses sold them and brought the price of the sale to the apostles and made an offering of it. The apostles then distributed it according to each person’s need.