Help make this Mothers Day Happier…

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This Mother’s Day, some moms will spend the day being treated to extra-special things– brunch, macaroni necklaces, a NASCAR-free afternoon. But, some moms will spend their Mother’s Day at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, supporting and caring for their child who is undergoing cancer treatment.

We are collecting small items that will help these moms feel a little pampered while they are staying with their child in the hospital, such as the following:
scented lotions
body wash
Inspirational/poetry cards (like on bookmarks,plastic mugs)
small adult activity books
slippers
soft, fuzzy socks
$5 Starbucks gift cards (extremely desirable)

This is a BIG need to fill on a very SHORT notice! The donations will be collected at church on Mother’s Day, May 8th, and delivered with love to the moms that SAME DAY!

Walking the Walk

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“Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus….” Philippians 2:2-5

“Mooommmm! – he’s copying me!” Sound familiar? Telling my kids that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery never really solves the problem in my house. Probably because flattery sounds a little too much like flatulence and that takes the males in my household on an entirely different track.

But, imitating someone really is how we learn. Babies – from the time they are born learn by watching their parents and those around them. Teenagers – Oh!! For sure! Will do what you do – NOT what you say.

So – as we end the Manifesto series with the “Take Action” part of actionchurch’s creed – copying someone is exactly what we should be doing. Like we say here at actionchurch “We aren’t smart enough to make this stuff up! It’s in the bible”. Jesus said it!

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.” John 13:12-15

Jesus was talking about feet – but he wasn’t just talking about feet! – Ya know? But being like Christ is hard! I mean – the guy was perfect after all! Geez. Honestly, some days I feel like it’s just too darn lofty of a goal. I fail – when I try to imitate Christ. Because I’m human. And then I feel like a failure. So, while I think that being like Christ should be our ultimate goal – I would also encourage you to start small…..start on a local level….find someone near you who is on the right path – someone who you know is in a right relationship with God and quite literally – mock them.

My mom was one of those people. She took action in small ways – every day. She didn’t just talk the talk in her relationship with Christ. She walked the walk.

If she saw someone who was cold – she didn’t wring her hands and fuss. She didn’t just say, we should pray about this. She went and she found them a coat….and gloves….and a hat.

If mom heard about someone who was hungry – she didn’t wait for an agency, or a group, or the government to help them- she would make a big pot of soup and deliver it to them personally.

So, from now on – when the kids and I come home from a serving event and my butt is dragging, and I get that side to side kind of bow legged walk that I have when I’m dead tire….when my arms are swinging all akimbo….and my husband quips….”you’re walking like your mom- I’m going to take that as a compliment.

“Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”    1 Corinthians 11:1

Cookie Unswap

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If you’ve been to actionchurch, then you know we don’t do anything the “normal” way. So, as we prepare to celebrate our first Christmas in North York, of course we want to share our Christmas joy with our neighbors.  We’re kicking off December with a COOKIE UNSWAP.  Bake and bring your best Christmas cookies to church on Sunday, December 6. Instead of swapping cookies with others, you will be donating cookies to be boxed and delivered to our actionchurch neighbors– nearby businesses, firefighters, and police officers.  Don’t miss out on being a part of celebrating Christmas with our North York neighbors!

Thank You with Sprinkles on Top

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Each year when Relay for Life ends, we kind of like to wrap up the event with a thank you….just to let everyone know that your efforts were appreciated.
This year I’m finding that “thank you” is easy to say – but gratitude is actually hard to express.
Normally words flow on to the page for me…..it’s almost second nature. Those of you who know me well know that I am NEVER at a loss for words. I like to give my opinion – even if my vote doesn’t count. But my words just don’t seem to be enough this year. Thank you seems mediocre. Thank you seems such a lame way to tell you that you touched lives in ways you can’t even imagine. Thank you is plain vanilla ice cream.
But – what I want to tell you is – the way you demonstrated your love for cancer survivors that you don’t even know – is more like a 12 scoop, hunka-chunka-peanut butter fudge, over the top, banana split, smothered in hot fudge, with extra whipped cream, sprinkles, and – not one – but TWO cherries (Skip the peanuts of you are allergic) sundae.
Other churches are amazed by the fact that EVERYONE at actionchurch gets involved – not just at Relay, but each week at church or in small groups. I can’t tell you the number of conversations I’ve had with friends wanting to know how we do it. They can’t believe that people in their 70’s volunteer in the nursery. Parents I talk to find it hard to believe that our kids and teens serve others in need with such willingness and joy. And they marvel at the fact that we turn out in numbers – mass quantities of people of all ages in actionchurch tshirts – to serve cancer survivors in the muck and rain.
We don’t have a magic formula. There is no secret strategy. It is simply YOU. More and more of you are arriving at these events – ready – willing – and able – to love God, love people and take action.
So – for being YOU – I want to simply say – “THANKS” ….sincerely, genuinely, affectionately …..with utmost gratitude …..deep from the bottom of my heart (insert hot fudge sauce here) – for making Relay 2015 a truly memorable event.
“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:16

Don’t Back up. Don’t Back Down.

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We know that all of you poured your blood, sweat and tears into 36 W. 11th Avenue. It simply blows me away to see all that you accomplished as a team. We know that you contributed your nights and your weekends and your valuable assets to open the doors of our building on schedule. You worked for it. You earned it. You have the right to be proud of the miraculous transformation.

BUT – now. Now we get to show York County what actionchurch is really made of. It’s time to take everything we have and pour it back into the community. That’s the only way we know.

“Don’t back up. Don’t back down.

Full throttle, wide open. You get tired and you don’t show it.

Dig a little deeper when you think you can’t dig no more.

That’s the only way I know.”

Jason Aldean – The Only Way I Know

 

THIS. This is how we approach every event, every project, every mission at actionchurch. It IS the only way we know. (And – just as a side note – It is really, REALLY time for a country song to be the background music for our Relay for Life video. Just sayin’.)

THIS – was how ac4northyork became a reality. And THIS – is how we are going to make Relay for Life 2015 a life changing event for cancer survivors in our community. Full throttle. Wide open. We are asking you to dig deeper; to serve longer; to love harder than you ever imagined you could. It is our greatest wish that every single one of you would choose to experience RFL2015.

So – buy a t-shirt (or two or three)…..give up your entire weekend……come out and lift some heavy stuff, walk all night, get tired, drink some coffee….dig deeper…….and be a part of something greater than yourself.

“…..through love serve one another.” Gal 5:13