Thanksgiving! Christmas! Outreach!

So many great stories from our outreach! 
During our feedback session our teams spoke about people crying as they received their Thanksgiving Dinner, and as they received prayer.

One family prayed, “Holy Spirit, where do you want us to go?” One of their girls had an impression of a number. So they began their adventure. They found the number and told the family how they prayed, asked for guidance, and now they were at their home. The mom cried when they told her how much Jesus loved her and her family.

School Counselor
Good deeds are like pebbles thrown into a quiet pond.
Ripples emerge after the stones of kindness are thrown.

The Monday after the outreach, we dropped some dinners off to a school counselor. She was very encouraged by what we were doing for her families in need. Our team had a great talk about some future possibilities. She was so grateful!

The Monday after the outreach, we dropped some dinners off to a school counselor. She was very encouraged by what we were doing for her families in need. Our team had a great talk about some future possibilities. She was so grateful!

Christmas!

The first weekend all of the envelopes for several local agencies were taken from our Giving Tree. This past Sunday, we launched the outreach partnering with the Tipp City Schools to reach needy families. Most of the envelopes were taken. People will bring the filled gift bags to Upper Room by Tuesday, December 14th. We then sort and deliver the Christmas gifts to the school counselors. The counselors will make sure the families receive their presents.

Creating consistent on-ramps into our community takes time, patience, and faith.

Through Faith and Patience, we inherit the promises.

For most of our lives, Pattie and I have been encouraging churches to take steps to reach out to their community by serving, giving, and praying.

Three things happen as we continue to love and serve our communities by faith:

1. People who consistently serve their community attract others who want to make a difference in their community.

Recently Pattie had a conversation with a lady who met Jesus due to an outreach many years ago. She mentioned the impact the small act of kindness had upon her life. She came to our church, where she met Jesus, then participated in our varied outreach opportunities. As she reflected, she mentioned she loved the way we consistently reached out. Serving our community was the reason she met Jesus and stayed.

2. People in our communities are helped.

The people of our comminutes are encouraged as we serve, pray, and give away what we have received.

3. Our faith community begins to find favor through our love and service as we re-present Jesus to our cities and towns.

We become lights to our world as we reflect His love and goodness.

Remembering the so that’s help us continue.

 (I want to write two books. The But’s Of The Bible, and The So That’s In The Pastoral Epistles.)

Titus 3:1 Remind them…  to be ready for every good deed,” 
3:4 when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared. He saved us.

Jesus is the kindness and love of God who appeared.

8 This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things (one of these things, being ready for every good deed) I want you to speak confidentlyso that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for all men.

Being careful to engage.
Engage 
means to attract and hold by influence, or to hold the attention of, and to continue to do.

Context: Be ready, engage, and continue to do what is good.

Continue is a key word.
Continuing, or to continue means: to maintain a course of action without interruption, to endure, to keep going.

My advice…keep engaging, keep going, keep loving, keep serving, continue.
Never give up. Never Surrender!
Galaxy Quest

Why Kindness To Go Intentional Outreach? Everyone can play!

October is a great month to tap into our culture in a safe, fun, family friendly way.

Why Kindness To Go After Sunday Services?

More people are already gathered for Sunday services. Kindness To Go creates a fun, family-friendly outward-focused environment. More people attend a Sunday service than attend a planned Saturday Outreach.

Upper Room Ohio is mostly attended by young families. They are active in their kids activities and have little extra time. Kindness to go on a Sunday is an encouraging way to enable families to reach out to their community.

“My kiddos wanted to bless their teachers! They handed the gift to them. It was so sweet to hear the teachers reaction and looking through the goodie bag. ‘Oh, this will be a treat on break today! Thank you boys for your kindness.’” A mom @ Upper Room.

Most successful people in outreach tune in to the Holy Spirit and intentionally listen for His prompting. They then respond to what they hear. They are intentional by learning how to share the Good News in a way people can hear and understand. They also have learned how to pray for people by allowing the Holy Spirit to direct their praying. They take risks.

Kindness-to-go is a great way to help people to begin to take first steps into the arena of Outreach.

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All outreach is an intentional act.

There is no random.

There is intentional planning, shopping, packing, creating, going and sharing the Good News.

Titus 3:4-5 NASB “When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us.

Who appeared? Jesus. He was not a random act of kindness! Father, Son, and Holy Spirit intentionally decided to redeem us. They did not randomly choose an Angel. They intentionally chose Jesus, The Son.

Ephesians 1:5 (NASB1995)

He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,

Ephesians 1:9 (NASB1995)

He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him. (Jesus)

People are reached as believers intentionally plan to go, give, serve, and share the Good News.

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Connect Card Front. Back has Name, Address & Web.

Here’s how we plan:

  • We plan by picking a date.
  • Designing and printing connect cards.
  • Purchasing the gift bags.
  • Purchasing the items at Costco or Sam’s Club.
  • Packing the gift bags.
  • Creating a great looking display near the exits.
  • Announcing Kindness To Go from the stage.

On the day someone holds up a gift bag, and encourages people to take one to someone they know needs encouragement, or to a drive through, or be creative during the week and give to someone you see. Allow the Holy Spirit to direct your steps. Use the gift bag as a bridge to share the Good News by praying with someone.

Story is everything!


I’ve been working on a short series of mini videos about the power of our stories.

Story is everything! …Fast Company.

A good story has a beginning, a middle, and a conclusion which is connected to life application.

People are drawn into story. Story enables us to imagine and think visually. Positive stories encourage the heart.

Most of us are moved emotionally when we hear stories about acts of genuine kindness.

People who share how they came through their personal crisis in a positive way encourage our own thought processes. How Jesus brought them through their crisis, their point of need, or having their prayers answered…a hopeful thought forms…”If it happened for you, maybe the positive outcome can happen for me.” 

Everyone who follows Jesus has stories. How we met Jesus. How we were provided for. How He strengthens us in our trials. How He changes us in a positive way. How He heals our hearts and our bodies. How he helps us raise our kids. Etc.

When we truly talk to people by listening to their story, we may be the one who has a fitting story of our own that may encourage their heart.

The next big step in the process of listening, and sharing our story, is to pray for the person and their situation. We can confidently invite The Holy Spirit to come upon them, and to meet their need bringing hope, peace, comfort, and healing.

Yesterday my neighbor shared her recent story.

During our casual conversation she mentioned her husband had passed away a couple of months ago. I listened, asked some questions, and gently replied by mentioning my father who died many years ago and how the grieving process takes time. I told her how three years after my father passed away I was sitting on my bed crying on his birthday. Pattie asked, “Why are you crying?” “I miss my dad.” I told my neighbor “I understand …just a little… of what you are going through.”

My neighbor replied, “Yes. Sometimes it’s a song I hear, or a memory floods my heart and moves me to tears.”

She then showed me her first-ever rose tattoo. All of her kids received a tattoo on the same day in remembrance. She’s 79 years old young. My story helped. She knew I understood, and cared enough to take the time to listen to her.

I’d encourage you to think about your life and the stories He has given to you. Maybe you could ask Jesus, “Thanks you for leading my life. Please remind me of the times you took care of me?”

Grab your notebook jot down your positive life giving memories.

The video is the first of a series.