Monday, August 20, 2018

A Prayer to be the Hands and Feet of Christ

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven                    Ecclesiastes 3

Dear Friends,

A continuous, giving ministry for a little over 25 years, the Rays of Hope team at our FUMC has offered Christ’s loving arms, counsel, and economic support to many in our wider Valparaiso community.  This ministry has caused strong bonds of familial love among us.  Now there are changes in the needs of people and the ways in which help can be sought and given.  Thus, the ministries of Rays of Hope have been changing, too. 

There will be different ways in which this love of Christ will be expressed beginning in 2019 — yes, at the end of this year, the Rays of Hope responses will be changing and a new name will be taken on by this team.  The monthly community dinners will no longer be offered, and our ROH ministry team is finding new and meaningful ways to reach out in loving service to those in need through providing homemade soups for the sick and home-bound and through providing dinners to the men’s overnight shelter.  We extend our deepest appreciation to all of those through these many years who have served with the Rays of Hope team in this ministry.  New opportunities will be available under a new name and focus.  

Hallelujah!  God is good, all the time!