Feeding Fish to Feed the World

Each year, our church participates in World Renew’s World Hunger Campaign.

Families and individuals use a devotional that shares stories from around the world and guide us in putting our loose/spare change into an orange plastic fish (or donated via an app on your android or iOS device). These monies are used in over 3000 communities to alleviate hunger in a myriad of ways. To learn a few of the ways, watch this video:

There is also an adult devotional that doesn’t have instructions for filling up the peter fish.

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World Hunger Campaign Part 3

We finished up our World Hunger campaign this week, and as promised here are number of ideas to help you discern how God might be inviting you to get involved. Just because we brought our Peter Fish back to church doesn’t mean God’s invitation ends!

From the Canadian Foodgrains Bank:
“How Can Families with Young Children Respond to Hunger in East Africa?” continues the stories we heard on Sunday about using a ration meal to save money so that you can share it with those in need.
There’s also their Educational Resources page for groups, classes and families.

From World Renew:Check out Resources for All for lots of ideas perfect for church settings.
Especially take some time to read the fall newsletter from World Renew, Through the Dust.
And consider using the Gift Catalog this winter. On Sunday at CCC, kids ages 3 – grade 7 joined in the giving from the Catalog with money from the Deacons: ages 3-5 bought a chimney, grades k-1 and 2-3 each bought a beehive, and grades 4-7 are waiting to make their purchase so that they can bring some of their own money in to contribute.

And a little more close to home, consider taking one of these 10 Love Challenges.

 

This post is the final in a series of posts that were part of Christ Community Church’s World Hunger Campaign in conjunction with World Renew. It shares resources and opportunities for individuals and families to give and share love.

 

Making a difference in this world

He has shown you, o mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

-Micah 6.8

That’s a pretty big calling (along with all of the other ways that Jesus transforms our lives!). How do we live out God’s desires without taking over God’s job as Saviour of the world?

There are lots of people who are doing a fantastic job of being devoted in this area. But trying to live up to the likes of Shane Claiborne, for instance, could stop us before we start. Rachel Held Evans offers some helpful encouragement in “How to follow Jesus… without being Shane Claiborne.”

Inevitably, the feeling like you’re not doing enough will creep in because it’s really hard to see progress in such a complex world. “Stop asking the wrong question.”

If you’re really interested in doing aid and service with the right motives, consider reading Tyler Wigg-Stevenson’s The World is Not Ours to Save.
Wigg-Stevenson is a pastor and activist who wants to help Christians move from seeing aid work as a matter of causes to a matter of calling.

If you’re in Canada, also consider checking out the work of Citizens for Public Justice, a Christian organization that works within the interplay of faith, justice and politics.

This post is for adults who are interested in taking seriously God’s calling to justice and mercy, especially in aid work and activism.

Christmas is coming…

…and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Or is there?

This will be the only post for 2012 about Christmas, so rejoice and be glad!

Here’s a good reminder about what does– and doesn’t– bring actual joy by Tim Challies.

Tired of the Hallmark and Lifetime Channel’s Christmas movies? Try out some of these recommended films. The list is a couple of years old- have any other films made the cut since then?

Looking for a challenge this season? How about giving back with The High Calling’s Advent Challenge?

And here’s a real bonus: Simple Christmas resources galore from Becoming Minimalist.

This post gives ideas for families and adults for Christmas and advent. These resources encourage service, giving, reflection, building relationships and responsible movie watching.

Photo by tackyshack. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

Married life isn’t always a cake walk.

So here’s some things to help. The links today all intersect married life and themes from messages at Christ Community Church over the last six months.

First, here’s a great (and true!) story entitled, “The Revenge of the Proverbs 31 Woman.” It hits on themes of mentoring, honesty, respect, and the community’s role in marriages. The Sunday message that relates: “The ABC’s of Wisdom.”

Next, here’s a challenge for husbands to think small as they love their wives. As Doug says,

Let me set the record straight–size DOES matter.
Research points to the fact that women prefer small.

Last Sunday’s sermon was on the Parable of the Mustard Seed. It dealt with how the smallest and most insignificant things are used by God for something much greater.

And if praying with your partner is something you would like to do (or to do better), Simple Marriage has some helpful tips and suggestions in “Powerful Partner Prayer.” There were audio difficulties the Sunday we talked about marriage from the book of Proverbs at CCC, so there’s no link to share.

This post was created for married adults and touches on themes of relationships, communication, prayer, service, attitude and lifestyle.

What is serving about anyway?

When we serve, God’s grace multiplies. Listen to Ryan Pittman’s testimony and look for all of the ways that his servant’s heart is used by God.

Next, check out this challenging self-rebuke by Kathleen. The Holy Spirit is always speaking to us. How many opportunities have you driven away from lately?

Finally, looking for way to encourage kindness and service at home? Consider using a kindness jar as a family.

This post is for adults, singles, families, and children. It is about service, our attitude and our relationships with others.

Habits Aren’t All Bad

In a post on the CRC Network, Neil de Koning shares some ideas about staying grounded in God in the midst of a crazy and distracting world. Though the post is addressed to elders in the church, everyone can use his five suggestions:

  1. The practice of an active engagement with Scripture (daily devotional or study) – because we live by the word of God.
  2. The practice of a biweekly celebration of communion in a small group because belonging to each other and being in Christ together are essential.
  3. The practice of active service (as volunteer and/or monetary) in two Christian organizations (church being one, possibly Christian school, ARocha, College, CLAC, etc) because the institutional life of a community is important part of Kingdom life.
  4. The practice of hospitality with non Christians because we are to love our neighbours.

Read the rest of the post, Habits in a Disruptive Culture, to learn why these ideas just may work.

 

This post is meant for adults, teens and families seeking to honour God with how they spend their time as part of a disciplined life of faith.