If you're active on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed the new hashtag we've been using when promoting our church: #ConnectingChristAndCommunity.
And in case you don't know what a hashtag is, it's something used on social media sites to help explain a situation or what a group hopes to accomplish.
Our new hashtag came out of a brainstorming session that took place during a Small Church Initiative breakout discussion. We were all trying to come up with a short statement that encapsulates our church's mission, and Ginger Nichols excitedly said, "What about 'connecting Christ and community'?" And from there, our hashtag was born.
That's really what we're trying to do, isn't it? So many people are disconnected from the church or from God...and our purpose is to reach out to them and show them God's love in meaningful ways. Connecting others to God is what we're all called to do.
Last Saturday, a group of PV members did just that. We went to a home in Sachse to help the 90-year-old homeowner put up a new fence and split firewood. His fence had fallen down, and with more winter weather coming, he needed more firewood to burn. You see, the only way he has to heat his home is by burning firewood. He was so grateful for our help... his fence is fixed, and he has enough firewood for the rest of the winter... all because members of our church gave up a few hours on a Saturday morning to connect with the community.
And, if there's one thing our church does extremely well, it's build community. Our combined worship service at Cox Elementary was proof of that! We had 101 members and guests join us for a great worship service, fellowship and food. Feeling like you belong somewhere is so important in life, and our church does a great job of welcoming everyone!
So, as you're on social media sites, please begin using our new hashtag when checking in to worship or talking about our church. This is a simple way to promote what we're all about in a clear, concise way.
I am excited about the future of our church... and am so grateful to be your pastor!