I have a couple of little friends who come to visit me almost everyday from mid-May through September. My little friends are hummingbirds. I love hummingbirds. Every time I see one at my bird feeder, it puts a smile on my face. Because of these hummingbirds, I have started to learn more about the birds in the area. You might even say I am becoming a birder.
Recently, I was reading a devotional and it mentioned a bird by the name of sociable weaver. I had never heard of this bird, so I decided to investigate. The sociable weaver can be found in South Africa (that is probably why I had not heard of it). These birds build big nests and these nests have many compartments. The largest nest built by any bird. These nests are the birds version of apartment living. Up to 500 birds can live in one nest. What is really neat about this bird is that it allows other species of birds to inhabit their nests. They are welcoming and show
hospitality. The sociable weaver will allow a variety of other species to nest because they can help each other. They can warn each other about upcoming danger or they can guide each other towards a new source of food. They live in community. They live in peace and harmony.
Our church is somewhat like a sociable weaver nest. We as a congregation welcome all people to come and worship. We offer hospitality. As a group, we can help one another, support one another, encourage one another and go out in the community to share God's love.
In the coming months, there are lots of way to share God's love:
* OTR Soup Kitchen - Saturday, August 12 - Prepare and serve a meal at the OTR Soup Kitchen or bake cookies that will be served there. For more information, contact Sharon Frankart at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Stouffer at email@example.com
* The new worship services beginning on August 19 and 20, and there is a need for lots of volunteers. To find out how you can serve, go to the Serve the Call on the church's website.
* Starting in September, a new missions ministry - Her Time Ministry will launch. Her Time is a ministry that collects personal hygiene items for homeless women. The packets of hygiene items are donated to Iron Samaritans who distribute them directly to homeless women in Cincinnati and Clermont County. Watch for more information in the September Newsletter or contact Dorothy Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Suriya Pandian - Dorairaj at email@example.com
* In October, the church will once again collect boxes for Operation Christmas Child. In November, volunteers will be needed to pack boxes and perform a variety of other tasks. Watch for more information in September and October or contact Kelly Ralston at firstname.lastname@example.org
-The Christmas Giving Tree will take place during November and December. Watch for further details coming this fall or contact Cheri DiFabio at email@example.com
There are lots of ways we can spread God's love. So let's get out there and spread our wings.
Director of Missions