One, one, one… Challenge!
Our theme for 2020 is #Connect2020.  How do we reach out to each other and stay connected when we are in quarantine and being asked to practice social distancing?  It’s definitely a challenge, and it can be a bit overwhelming to think of the entire scope of this challenge.  We can’t reach out to everybody.  But what if we could do for “one” what we wish that we could do for “everyone?”  
When Mother Teresa saw the incredible problems on the streets of Calcutta – people being left on the streets to die alone…lepers not receiving care at all – she would say this to herself: “Ek, ek, ek!”  It is Hindi for “One, one, one…”  She didn’t look at the masses of need.  She looked at one.  She said, “I can only love one person at a time – just one, one, one.  So you begin.  I begin.  I picked up one person…Just begin – one, one, one.”
The one, one, one challenge is simple:  Make one phone call a day to check on somebody.  Just see how they are holding up.  Send one text a day to someone just to encourage them.  It could be a friend, a family member…anyone whom the Lord puts on your heart.  And then write one note a day.  It could be a thank-you card, a “thinking-of-you” note…a sticky note you put on your spouse’s mirror that reminds them that you care.
Sound simple?  It is. Will it make a difference?  I believe it will!  I would like to see 111 of our church members take the one, one, one challenge.  Just think of the power of that connection!  If you would like to take this challenge and sign up for one, one, one – please call the church office.  I’ll be giving updates as we go along.  How long will the challenge last?  As long as we are being asked to quarantine and practice social distancing.  But who knows…we might decide we like doing this so much that we keep it going!                                                                                                                                                                                                                   —Pastor Sam






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