Love


At actionchurch our creed is pretty specific – and short – and easy to understand.

Love God
Love people
Take action

Short, sweet, simple.

Maybe.

What is love? The more I think about it – the more I wonder if our simple little slogan isn’t bigger than we think. Love and action are pretty big words when you get right down to it.

Love could mean different things to different people. And love – is one of those words that could have different meanings at different times. For instance – if I have a cold/flu/headache – I want my family to show me love by just being quiet, leaving me alone ( JUST STAY AWAY FROM ME!!!!) and not killing each other. But – other times, love to me at least, means noise and laughter and togetherness and kids running around like crazy……

At actionchurch when we have questions we turn to one source. Jesus and his Word. Chapter 13 in 1st Corinthians lays it out by telling us “Love is patient, love is kind.” It goes on to say that love isn’t envious or proud or angry; love protects and trusts and hopes and perseveres. So – that’s what love IS……

But – what does love look like?

Well, last night, at least – love looked like a big black square room turned in to a beautiful, softly lit banquet hall with gorgeous flower arrangements and great music playing in the background. Love looked like people who worked all day and then rushed to North York to work some more by serving dinner, moving tables, scrubbing dishes, pouring coffee. At the cancer survivor banquet, love looked like your weekly donations turned in to hugs and support and encouragement for a group of people struggling to face tomorrow.

In the end – all I really know is that I’m proud to be a part of a church that demonstrates love through action. You see…..one isn’t really effective without the other. It’s the combination of the two that can and WILL change the world. Thank you for loving AND taking action.

A fine line

It’s a fine line between plagiarization and quotes. Don’t ask me how I know – but when your mom gets that email/text/call from the teacher that goes something like this……

“Yes, Mrs. __________ – it was a really fine poster. The colors were awesome and the handwriting was very neat. However, the content was plagiarized directly from the World Book Encyclopedia.”

The correct answer is NOT –

“Well, mom, you bought me those books and they were darned expensive. Besides – those people who write those things are really really smart and I didn’t think I could say it any better than they did.”

It’s a fine line.

At actionchurch, we quote the bible. A lot. We believe the things that Jesus said and we believe that we couldn’t possibly say it any better. The things that Jesus said were so wise and He was so smart that the stories He shared are still relevant today.

One of the things Jesus (and His disciples) said over and over in different ways was that we are to love others.

“…love your neighbor as yourself…..” Mark 12:31
“Keep on loving one another….” Hebrews 13:1-1
“Above all, love each other deeply….” 1 Peter 4:8
“Be devoted to one another in love…” Romans 12:10

Please notice the abundant use of quotes.

But, the really great thing about actionchurch is that we don’t just talk about Jesus. We don’t just quote bible verses. We take action. We cross the line. In lots of different ways. And, we have the perfect opportunity for you to take action AND copy Jesus.

On Wednesday February 8th we’re throwing the doors of actionchurch wide open and inviting cancer survivors from all over York County to enjoy an evening of great food and fellowship. Anyone who wants to come out, serve, and love others is encouraged to come to the church at 4:00 on Wednesday and simply demonstrate Jesus’ love for others in a very real way. It isn’t plagiarizing – I promise!

If you’ve been with actionchurch for any length of time, you know that we are great at showing our love by feeding people! If you are new to actionchurch, this would be a perfect way for you to get to know people inside the church AND to love people outside the church.

Love God. Love people. Take action.
(I plagiarize that one every time I get the chance!)

BOH Graduation Banquet- 10/2/16

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Last Sunday, we announced our next opportunity to serve neighbors in our community. If you haven’t yet heard, actionchurch will have the privilege to host the fall meeting for nearly 100 people from Bridge of Hope­York County. Bridge of Hope (BOH) is a local non­profit offering a church ­based approach to end homelessness. Volunteers from several area churches­­ including actionchurch­­ provide support for moms and their children as they transition from homelessness and build new lives.  Plus, this meeting is extra­special because there’s a mom graduating from the program!

As always, we need YOUR help! Please plan to stay after church on S unday, October 2nd to help us move chairs, set up tables, and sweep donut crumbs so that everything is in place for the event. Come at 3pm to help welcome guests, pour drinks, serve dinner and dessert. And, if you have your clearances, come help give our “under­ 12” guests an unforgettable time in actionkids during the event.

If you’re new to actionchurch, I hope that you will volunteer. Come meet and hang out with fellow actionchurchers as we welcome strangers, serve a catered meal, entertain restless children, and live out how we Love God, Love People, Take Action. And if you’ve volunteered before (and survived muddy Relays, stubborn bounce houses, or even creepy Easter Bunnies at the park) we’re counting on you to show up and help make this event special for BOH!

Have questions? See Jennifer at the sign­up table at church Sunday or email

info@actionchurch.com

at the movies 2016

Every August at actionchurch we fire up the popcorn maker, pop in a new release blu-ray, and use their plots to illustrate ancient truths from the Bible.  The movies we’ll be showing clips from, and the dates we’ll discuss them, are listed below.  If you haven’t seen them, it’s a painless opportunity to invite friends/family to watch them with you,  and then invite them to come with you on Sunday.

We’ll see you “at the movies”!

 

8/7/2016- Creed

8/14/2016- Star Wars (The Force Awakens)

8/21/2016- Joy

8/21/2016-Zootopia

Baptism and BBQ Sunday

Baptism and BBQ

This Sunday (7/31) is the annual actionchurch Baptism and BBQ at John Rudy Park (Bluebird pavilion- in the rear past the dog park).  Instead of meeting at our North York Venue for a Sunday service, we’ll gather at the park to share some delicious pit BBQ, eat ice-cream, talk, laugh, play games, and then maybe eat more ice-cream.  We’ll have bounce houses for the kids, and this year a brand new game (9 Square) that anyone can play.   Most importantly, we’ll cheer on our actionchurch friends who are choosing to publicly acknowledge that they are followers of Jesus Christ through water Baptism.

It all gets started at 11, the meal begins at noon, and we’ll have baptisms at 1:00.  Feel free to bring friends and family members, as the event is a great opportunity to get to know actionchurch folks in a relaxed and even-more-casual-than-sunday-if-that’s-posible atmosphere.map-copy