Today I helped serve doughnut holes. It was nothing fancy just some regular, sugar and powered sugar doughnut holes.
There was also juice and coffee…and a Kleenex or two (which came in handy).
So what was the occasion?
Today was the first day of school for the Jackson County Central school district. And we served doughnut holes.
You see…Riverside Elementary School is right next door to Salem Lutheran Church and the most convenient way that parents can drop off/pick up their kids is via the church parking lot. Late August through mid-May; five days a week; and twice a day; dozens of cars (lots and lots of people) are coming to our property. So I challenged the church council last week.
And they stepped forward.
We (Salem members) set up camp in the church parking lot by the sidewalk that leads to the school. And there were the doughnut holes (and the juice and the coffee). And…a box of Kleenex (parents…you can probably figure out why).
We welcomed kids and parents with a cheerful smile and a invitation to enjoy a doughnut hole and a beverage before school.
Some happily accepted.
Some didn’t know what to think of us.
Some declined and wished they hadn’t just eaten.
Some wished they hadn’t just stopped for coffee.
And…many smiles were seen.
All in all it was a good morning. But none of this had anything to do with us. It was all for the glory of God; to share the love of Christ with people in a practical way. I know it may sound like I am tooting our own horn here but that’s not what I am doing. I want to encourage others out there to find creative ways (as this church council did) in sharing the love of Christ with their communities. After all…being the Church is about going out into the world and telling people about God’s love through Jesus Christ.
We didn’t preach sermons this morning, we just served doughnut holes….with a smile. Most people can do that without getting too nervous.
How is God calling you to serve in your community?
How is God calling you to share the love of Christ in a practical way?