Serving Our Community During Crisis
Dear Church Family,
Many of you have asked how we might serve our community in this very trying pandemic. Such requests deeply encourage your pastors, as they reveal how the gospel has turned you outward in care for others. God has preserved a timely command at the end of Paul’s letter to Titus, to guide us in the midst of our present circumstances.
“And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.” (3.14)
A devotion to “good works” is the fruit of the gospel’s transforming grace. It begins with care for our fellow brothers and sisters (Gal. 6.10). From there gospel compassion moves out and takes us into our community.
Opportunities abound throughout Louisville. Some are “cases of urgent need.” SGCL members have already begun to reach out to our community and we want to make you aware of opportunities they have seized.
- Donate blood at the Red Cross – Blood donations have dropped significantly due to the fact that people cannot get out of their homes as easily. The Red Cross has created very safe contexts for blood donation. Click here to enter your zip code and find a donation center near you.
- Masks – There are not enough masks for all of the healthcare workers serving on the front lines. A member of our church is willing to ship what we collect to NYC. Do you have any heavy-duty masks lying around? Any stored in your basement that you may have forgotten about (particularly what they call the N-95 respirator, which wood workers and painters use)?
- High Risk Match Program – This ministry matches healthy people with older or high-risk members in our communities to help them get groceries, medicines, etc. One of our members has been serving her 90-year old neighbor through this program. She said, “It has been a very smooth process and a great way to serve my elderly neighbor. Two thumbs up.”
Finally, take time to read this article by Rosaria Butterfield. In it, she helpfully reminds believers that hospitality during this time may look different, but it is no less vital to the church. God commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves, even (perhaps, especially) during unprecedented trials.
Thank you for how you love the gospel. And thank you for adorning the gospel through your devotion to good works and the service of others. And remember— as you serve others this week, don’t be surprised if they ask you to give a reason for the hope that is in you. (I Peter 3.15) Tell them, with gentleness and respect, about the One who has saved you and given you such hope.
On behalf of your Pastors,