ministrieslab has always been something of an amorphous and rickety thing. Merianna and I have constantly sought out a direction, inspiration, and a search for “meaning” behind this idea that we’ve shared for years. However, it’s become clearer over the last year that this isn’t only intended to be a “hands-on” experience for fellow lay … Continue reading Here We Go
As I walked into Transitions, there was a palpable air of sadness. I recognized it immediately. In fact, since we have been working at Transitions Homeless Shelter for over a year, I knew what I was walking into. I was walking into disappointment, loneliness, and sadness. While most of us spent yesterday celebrating with food … Continue reading When Holidays Aren’t Times of Celebration
As we gathered for our weekly chapel service, I was astounded as more and more people came in. We had to go to the day room in order to get more chairs so that the number of people who were gathered to seek shelter and warmth from the cold rain would have somewhere to sit. We’ve … Continue reading I saw you working!
Today as we worshipped at Transitions, our numbers were down. After having to pull chairs from other rooms last week, we were able to sit everyone at one table this week and I couldn’t be more excited! 4 of our congregants graduated today meaning that they are no longer in need of transitional housing because … Continue reading On Losing Members
“Oh wait, I know you! You’re the lady with the big wine glass,” she said. I smiled. “Right, yeah, the chalice for communion.” “Yeah, I remember you.” More and more I am having interactions with people on the streets and in parking lots who we have encountered in our work at Transitions. Transitions has both … Continue reading “Chick-fil-A is expensive!”
I rushed into the large community room flustered. “Sorry! I was trying to get some donations to the office,” “No worries,” I heard from some of the people gathered. “We knew you’d come.” It stopped me in my tracks because this indicated a significant change that had occurred in our relationship. Just four months ago, … Continue reading “We Knew You’d Come”
We didn’t know that we would be headed to Florence this past Monday to carry Christmas down to a group of first graders who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew, but I drove with Ben sleeping the back, there was no question that this is where we were supposed to be the Monday before Christmas. The … Continue reading Carrying Christmas
When you answer a call to be a disciple, you find yourself opening your eyes to the needs around you. You take to heart the message of Jesus, “For when I was a hungry, you have me something to eat. When I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, … Continue reading When You Don’t Know How To Help
Wow! What a week it’s been at ministrielab! We received word that we have been awarded a Missions Partner Grant from CBF SC. This grant will allow us to apply and file our 501(c)3 nonprofit status. With this filing, we will be able to apply for additional grant funding from different organizations. We are now … Continue reading Exciting News!
There’s a commentary series entitled Feating on the Word that guides preachers and pastors through the text as it appears in the lectionary. The Revised Common Lectionary challenges preachers and pastors to look at passage they might not have considered as it pulls from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and the Epistles. It’s how … Continue reading Feasting on the Word