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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 …