This weekend in the Gathering, the Hillside Kids Area, and the Student Area, as part of Community Christmas, we invite you to pick up a free Live Sent box. Each box has 100 cards with practical applications to better equip you to Live Sent. It’s our hope that these experiences will give you opportunities to build relationships and share the gospel. As you practice living sent, we hope you’ll do so alongside friends and family.
It is our heart to equip and challenge church members to LIVE SENT! We want to create a culture where, through the work of the Holy Spirit and by God’s grace, people feel empowered to pursue, share, and demonstrate the Gospel in every area of their lives by consistently and persistently pointing people toward Jesus for God’s glory. During this upcoming season as part of Community Christmas 2017 we will be doing this in several ways as we seek to LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS, ENGAGE THE NATIONS, and CONNECT WITH OUR COMMUNITY.
As you prayerfully consider how you’ll give and serve this season, we’d love for you to keep the following in mind.
In Romans 12:13 we are implored to seek to show hospitality. Hospitality requires a desire for relationship. When we practice hospitality, we emulate the love of Jesus and honor God by serving others, both believers and non-believers. Hospitality is about investing in other people’s lives and developing relationships that allow us to discover their greatest needs. During the coming months we want to give you several opportunities to practice strategic hospitality with your neighbors, with the nations, and with your community.
Seek to Show Hospitality
We will be focusing on three areas where we should seek to show hospitality as part of living sent lives. While each month highlights a different area as part of cultivating a rhythm of hospitality in our lives, hospitality should be practiced in all of these ways as often as we are called to do so.
“...You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39
During the month of October you are encouraged to live generously towards your neighbor and serve them in some way. You could invite your neighbor into your home to share a meal or host a block party. Consider taking a neighbor you haven’t met yet a meal, baked goods, or a plant to begin a connection with them.
In the month of October, seek to show hospitality to people you probably encounter on a daily basis where you live, work, go to school, or spend your time.
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
In His sovereignty God has brought the nations to Edmond. Our church is connected to the world through our International Student Ministry, Friendship International, and ESL Ministries. Expand your outreach by inviting an international person or family into your home for, or around, Thanksgiving. Host a few internationals with some friends. Invite some internationals to a Community Group celebration. Invite families who participate in our ESL ministry into your home. Stop by the Live Sent Kiosk to get connected with a student, individual, or family today!
“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:13
This year we will be hosting a series of parties, reaching out to different parts of our community.
- On Sunday, December 3rd we will host a Christmas party for International Students at the college house.
- On Thursday, December 7th we will host a party for those served by Project 66.
- On Friday, December 8th we will host our big Community Christmas Party here at Henderson Hills.
- Additionally on Monday, December 18th we will host a Christmas Party for ESL.
We’re asking Community Groups and the church body to help plan and serve at these parties. We not only want to bless these people and families with a Christmas party, but also desire to form relationships and invite them into our lives that Christ might be known and loved.
Just like last year, for the party on December 8th people will be invited through face-to-face encounters with personal invitations for each family. Students will be delivering save-the-date cards in November. Door-to-door invitations will go out the first week in December.
Every person who leaves the Community Christmas party on December 8th, will be given an invitation to a Family Dinner that will be hosted by Henderson Hills on Friday, February 2nd. At the dinner they will get to re-connect with the HHBC families they met at the party, to continue to foster and grow community.
There will be a number of other ways to give and serve this season, please be on the lookout for those opportunities.
Stop by the LIVE SENT Kiosk or sign up to serve by clicking the button.
Share your LIVE SENT and Community Christmas experiences with us by:
- Submitting your story and photos online by clicking here.
- emailing photos and/or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- postting on social media using the hashtag #hhbccommunitychristmas2017.
For more information contact Jen Sise.