Celebrations of Life, Community, and God’s Light

Dear Church Family,
 
All I can say is “Wow!” after Trunk or Treat on Wednesday night. We had a great time passing out candy and connecting with so many families in our community. I am grateful to Kathy Beuttenmuller and her team of volunteers for putting together such an awesome event. Every year Trunk or Treat gets better and better! We even had a few families who requested information about Community of Faith after seeing how well the people of our church love the community. Thank you again to all of you who donated candy, invited folks, and volunteered your time. You are the hands and feet of Jesus, and we couldn’t have done it without you!
 
In light of all the terrible things that are happening in our world right now, it’s important that we as the church continue to shine God’s light to those around us through tangible acts of love and service. Jesus put it this way:

“You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)
 
As Jesus reminds us, people aren’t led to God through gimmicks, slick campaigns, or clever forms of persuasion. Instead, they’re led to God when we allow the light of God to shine through us in such a way that our witness is irresistible. My prayer is that Community of Faith will continue to be a beacon of God’s light, so that others in the Four Corners and the larger world will come to know the great love of our God.
 
Blessings,
Chris
 
p.s., I hope to see you in worship this weekend! We’ll continue in our series called “All of Who We Are” where we are focusing on giving our whole selves over to Jesus.
 
p.s.s., Tomorrow afternoon is our Celebration of Life for Service for Sara Harris. Sara was a longtime member of Community of Faith who passed away last month. During the service, we’ll praise God for Sara’s earthly life as well as the eternal life she now enjoys because of Jesus. The service starts at 2:00 p.m. and there will be a reception afterwards at Vista del Lago Clubhouse. All are welcome to attend the service and reception.