The Greater Good
Ever since my first Call, I’ve been encouraged to serve the greater church in some way. This fits well with my personal philosophy for ministry: that churches who can afford to hire multiple staff have a responsibility to help those who can’t. It’s the greater body working together, not competing with one another. One of the areas where this is happening is in the 30 Hour Famine planning process. The event was happening before I came to First Trinity. I was hesitant to get involved at first, but I love how God has used it for the greater good in Buffalo. Some of the things I like about it:
- It’s planned by a core group of 3-4 churches each year.
- The core planners work really well together and it’s led to relationships continuing beyond the planning process.
- It’s leading to cross-church relationships amog the youth. We saw this most recently at the Lost and Found concert when our Famine youth recognized youth from other churches because of their involvement in the Famine.
- It’s growing in numbers of participants and churches so even more people will get to benefit from it this year.
- It helps fight hunger around the world.
In addition, we’ve also used the Famine as an opportunity to bring in a special event geared at youth and their families. Last year was the Jami Smith concert. This year, we’re bringing in Mike Lewis, AKA The Jesus Painter. Mike was at the National Youth Gathering in Orlando this summer, where our youth were first introduced to him. We sent information to other churches that participated in the gathering from our area and already sold 21 tickets to the youth group at St. Michael’s in Akron, NY.
Tickets are now on sale to the general public, so get ’em before they’re gone! Artist’s Circle (front few rows) is $10, General Admission is $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Call 716.835.2220 to order or leave a comment here.