Sunday, November 20, 2011
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIRK OF THE HILLS
To mark this milestone event there was the traditional party last night, a timeline of important events on display today, cake to eat and stories to tell. The choir was OUTSTANDING, complete with orchestra and a bagpiper. The music was off the charts wonderful!! All praise for past victories and guidance during challenging times was given to God alone.
But the most important element of the occasion culminated last Sunday. For several weeks the congregation has been bringing boxes and boxes of canned food, paper goods and non-perishables to GIVE AWAY. We made a few trips to Sams' and filled some boxes and toted them into the foyer outside the sanctuary. When all the donations were sorted and tagged there were 26 pallets stacked and shrink-wrapped and on display for people to view. Those pallets FILLED a semi-truck and everything was distributed to 10 ministries that the church supports throughout the Tulsa community. Hundreds and hundreds of people and families will benefit. Canned goods of all kinds, diapers, rice, paper goods, beans, etc, flowed all over the city this past Saturday. In addition to material goods, over $13,000.00 was given to buy even more food. 6 MORE pallets of food will be taken to area schools this week to be distributed by principals who have targeted students and families through their school that need some help this Thanksgiving.
What a great idea. The "let's fill a semi and give it away" project loudly proclaimed once again that the church exists for those that are not IN the church, that the purpose of Christians is to serve those that are NOT! I love it!!
"Love the neighbor" walked right out of that beautiful white steepled building and into the stresses and frustrations of folks that need a little lift.
Today began the Kirk's YEAR OF JUBILEE, the 50th Anniversary YEAR. There are more plans in the works. Today Pastor Tom Gray gave us all a sample of more exciting things to come as we celebrate ALL YEAR LONG!
We are so thankful to be a small part of something good!