Who Is My Neighbor?

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Giving of one’s self to others is a vital part of living out our Christian faith. The Good News of Jesus was more than simple words; Jesus came bringing healing and hope. At First Christian Church, we strive to be the hands and feet and heart of Jesus with our neighbors, both near and far.

Every semester in our GenOn LOGOS ministry (grades K-12), we put this understanding into action. Each fall and spring for the past 14 years, our LOGOS children and youth have sponsored at least one service project for the entire congregation. Some projects work in conjunction with ministries of the congregation, others work in conjunction with ministries of our local community, and some have been in response to global issues. And we work creatively to have the children and youth be involved in the projects in a variety of ways, so they better understand who their neighbor is.

A few of our recent projects include:

  • Hygiene kits for Church World Service (CWS) to be sent to Haiti.
  • Hats, mittens, and scarves for local children through our “Warm Fuzzy Tree” each December.
  • New books for the children in our ESL nursery.

This year, throughout the month of February, in the cold of winter when fresh produce is not readily available, we are holding a produce drive (potatoes, apples, oranges) for our local food pantry. Any Sunday or Wednesday this month, we are accepting donations of fresh produce. Each Wednesday evening we bless the donations before taking them to DMARC Food Pantry.

Throughout each project, we take time to learn together about the needs of our neighbor and the ways God calls each of us to help. And our children teach us, too. Last year, following a study on hunger-awareness, our high school youth organized a fundraiser to help provide a week’s groceries to four local families. They taught our church what the new face of hunger looks like in Des Moines.

Through their love of others and their journey with God, our children will surely learn it is the heart we bring to all that we do that enables the light of God to shine.

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