ANNOUNCING THE HEARTS&HALOS PROJECT.

Our theme this year is 360: the Year of Prophetic Fulfillment. 360 is about coming full circle and transitioning outward to the next ministry opportunity. Part of our journey this year has been about deepening our knowledge of faith. However, faith is best expressed when it is in action. Faith produces!

I am initiating a faith-in-action project called Hearts & Halos for the month of December. I challenge all MPWOC members to participate. We know that small things done with great love can change the world. We will project our faith upon the world and reflect our love of Christ to those around us. Who wouldn’t love having their coffee or sandwich paid for them by the person in front of them in line, especially someone who is smiling and happy? Imagine how that homeless person will feel just receiving a bottle of water while waiting line for a meal.

This is the type of servant evangelism that can soften the heart before it confronts the mind.

Hearts & Halos is based on James 2:14-18 (NIV), which states, in part:

 ” … faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

The Daily Challenge

Every day throughout the month of December, I challenge each one of you to reach out to someone you may not know. For each expression of faith, I invite you to give the recipient one of the Hearts & Halos connect cards that are available at church. You can also print out your own cards by using the link on this page.

If you leave a note for someone you can tape the card to it, or leave the card on a counter after you’ve paid for someone’s meal – however you choose. We we want every recipient to know that the kindness he or she receives is an expression of the love of Christ from a Mt. Pleasantonian.

I’d like to keep track of how we’re doing as a church family, so please let us know what you did via the comments section below.  Some of these ideas may expanded and incorporated in our long-term strategy.

I’m very excited about this Hearts & Halos project and look forward to seeing how you choose to exercise and share your faith. What a great way to end our 360 year and prepare for 2017!

Phillip A. Walker, Senior Pastor

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?  Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”  Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.   
James 2:14-18

 

Ideas for daily challenges.

Every day this month, we invite you to commit one act of kindness for someone you don’t know — and we want you to do it with purpose. With every act, simply give a Hearts & Halos connect card to the recipient. The cards connect your act of kindness to God’s love for them.

Free

  • Thank a veteran. If you see a car in the parking lot with a veteran, write a note thanking him or her for their service and put it under the windshield wiper.
  • Rake the leaves from someone’s yard, especially if they’re elderly.
  • Leave a used book on the bus or train. Write in it that you have left the book for them, and ask them to leave it behind when they’re finished.
  • Bake a batch of cookies or muffins and take it to a neighbor, the police station or the fire station.
  • Leave sticky notes with inspirational messages on them in random places, such as a grocery store shelf, the mirror in a public bathroom, or on a car’s windshield.
  • Make amends for the wrongs you have done.

Inexpensive

  • Pay for someone’s coffee behind you in the drive-through.
  • Pay for someone’s fast food meal behind you in the drive-through.
  • Leave a big tip for your server at a restaurant.
  • Start your own food drive. Get family and friends involved and make up about 50 to 100 lunch bags. Then pass them out to the homeless people you see in your community.
  • Leave change in a vending machine or gumball machine.
  • Put change in a parking meter if you notice someone’s time is about to expire.
  • Buy five extra cans of soup or vegetables at the store and drop them off at a local food bank.

Costly

  • Pay for someone’s meal or dessert at a restaurant.
  • Pay the adoption fee for a shelter animal. Leave the correct amount for that particular shelter and ask that they use it for a family that is looking to adopt a cat or dog.
  • Fill up the gas tank and/or wash the car for your husband or wife, and then leave candy on the dashboard for them to find in the morning before work.
  • Fill a basket with everything a new-born baby needs and drop it off at a nearby hospital for a woman of low income who just gave birth.
  • Purchase a few umbrellas and ponchos and keep them in your car. On a rainy day, find someone who needs them.

WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY?

We’re keeping track of how we’re doing as a church family. Share your story in the comment section below …

5 Comments

  1. anonymous

    I collect the room toiletries from hotels when I travel and have stored them throughout 2016. I packaged bags of soaps, lotions, shampoos, etc into little bags that I can give to those in need that I see while driving. I paper clipped the Hearts & Halo cards onto the bags so people will immediately associate the bag with the program / church.

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  2. Annette Diggs

    God spoke to me about 2 weeks ago. To give to the kids. I was like Lord what am I going to get these kids? I thought about toys but that would have cost me a lot of money to do so. I thought nothing else about it and than last Sunday apostle Walker spoke on being a blesser not a blessing. So I said Lord I hear you but what can I get these kids . So something said McDonalds because all the kids love McDonalds . I spoke with Apostle Walker about my vision and I wanted to make sure it was ok to do it before I went and got the kids gifts. Than I spoke with Rev. Swan and I let him know what God placed in my spirit to do. I needed to know how many kids that attend the church. I didn’t want to leave anyone out. I just thank God for the vision that he gave me. It was a blessing to see how happy those kids was that just made me over joyed and greatful . I thank Rev.Swan and Mr. Johnny for helping me bring my vision that God gave me to past. I stepped out on faith. God said do you trust me and I said yes. Again thank you all for so much love.

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  3. Carol Reed

    I went to KFC on Wednesday to get me some lunch. After ordering the $5 fill up the cashier said $4.85. I pulled up to the window and asked the cashier are you sure that’s the correct price. She said yes, we are giving out discounts today. I said thank you Lord and told the cashier that I was paying for the car behind me. I paid for the ticket and left the Hearts & Halos Card for the cashier to give to the car behind me. Thank you Lord for providing for me so I’m able to be a blessing to someone else.

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  4. Carol Reed

    Steve and I went to get something to eat tonight at McLean Restaurant in Zebulon. While waiting for our food to be prepared, a couple walked in and ordered their supper. We thought they were going to wait in the outside waiting area, but they stayed in. Once the cashier gave them their amount for their food, I walked up and said we will pay for your food. The gentleman said why are you paying for my food, I said Merry Christmas. While the gentleman was asking questions, the lady just gave us a hug and said thank you. The husband then said I’ll just sit here and be quiet. God has blessed us so we can bless others. Jesus is the reason for the season. I was so excited to do it I forgot to leave the Hearts & Halos Card.

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  5. Leslie

    I had a Starbucks gift card with about $7 left on it, so this morning I headed to the one in Garner (White Oak Shopping Center). I was in the drive-thru lane and a state trooper pulled up behind me. When I got up to the speaker, I ordered my usual — grande peppermint mocha — then said I wanted to pay for the cop behind me. I actually got a little emotional just saying that, it felt just that good to do so. I was thinking he was going to order a regular coffee, but when I got to the window, his order cost just as much as mine. Oops. Fortunately, I had a few extra dollars on me. However, I FORGOT to leave a Hearts & Halos connect card. Will try to remember next time.

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