On Saturday, April 13, we will once again be involved in a food packaging event as a part of our Go Change the World week. We will gather in the Community Life Center in three separate sessions (8:30-10:30am, 10am-12:30pm, 12:30-3pm) to pack over 400,000 meals that will be sent to our ministry partner in Cuba. Earlier this year Sandy and I spent several days in Cuba and we were told on multiple occasions what an incredible difference these meals made for people in need. One of our Core Four Strategies at Mount Pleasant is Serving Others (across the street and around the world). This event gives all of us an opportunity to serve others in a powerful way by being willing to give up 2-3 hours on a Saturday.
In a social media post earlier this week I asked the question: Why do we (MPCC) have to send out these “last minute” appeals for more people to volunteer for such a worthy cause? Honestly, I don’t understand why this event doesn’t fill up in a matter of days. The only conclusion I can come to is we have lost sight of the power and significance of serving others, which is what Jesus says leads to greatness in the eyes of God. The world has differing ideas of what makes us great (maybe those are the things that fill up our Saturdays), but the Bible is very clear - greatness is found in living for others.
For most of his career Albert Einstein kept the portraits of two scientists on his wall: Sir Isaac Newton and James Maxwell. Toward the end of his life he replaced those portraits with Mahatma Ghandi and Albert Schweitzer. He said, "It is time to replace the image of success with the image of service."
Maybe he had been inspired by Schweitzer's words: "I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know, the only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Jesus said it like this: Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. (Mark 10:43-44)
We still need over 900 people to meet our goal of packing over 400,000 meals on Saturday, April 13. You can sign up by going to our website, mpcc.info, scrolling down the Home Page and clicking on the “Go Change the World” icon. Sign up your entire family, sign up your home group, sign up your neighbors, sign up anyone who wants to spend some time making an IMPACT on people who live with food insecurities. Put the things the world has to offer on hold for 2-3 hours on a Saturday to do something that God honors. We need your help.
CLICK HERE to register.