Ours has always been a “missions-minded” church—a church doing missions locally and supporting missions around the world. A world missions report made headlines recently when it was announced that the United States has become the 5th largest mission field in the world. “Missional” has become the operational word of the day. A missional community is the term used to describe a group of Christians united by a common call to a specific ministry to reach and disciple people for Christ. This Sunday, as GracePoint Church becomes co-laborers with us, we seek to grow into a community of missional communities.
Our initial missional ministry expands both of our churches’ food ministries to our geographical neighborhood. Our Eastside Meals on Wheels ministry provides hot meals three days a week to the homebound elderly and disabled. GracePoint’s The People’s Pantry provides groceries to our neighbors by appointment once a week. Volunteers are needed to serve in both endeavors. The People’s Pantry will be located by the church kitchen and will continue to minister to families in our neighborhood. The ministry receives food from the Northeastern Oklahoma Food Bank. As the recipients arrive for groceries an opportunity to build relationships can develop into life transforming possibilities. Other points of shared ministries are being explored.
GracePoint’s pastor, Dr. David Willets, grew up in our church. His father, Dr. Bob Willets, was Senior Minister here from 1960-1973. David’s creative leadership and spiritual maturity will provide a dynamic energy to the emerging ways of engaging our neighbors for Christ. This is not a merger of churches. Our services will run simultaneously so visiting guests will have alternative worship experiences to encounter God. The first step begins Sunday. You are welcome to join us on this missional journey.
Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Go missional. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.