Church members ‘share their talents’ with the community – American Press
As Lent approaches, members of First Presbyterian Church continue to focus on the health and well-being of the community they serve.
“Our building was not meant to be just a place to have a church house,” said Reverend Chandler “Chan” Willis, pastor of the church since 2011. “It was meant to be a community center for activities – not just religious activities, but for other events in the life of the community. We want to hold neighborhood watch meetings, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, concerts, birthday parties, whatever the community would do.
Willis said that from the beginning of designing the construction of the facility, the thought for church members was how best to serve the community seven days a week, not just for an hour on Sundays and Wednesdays. This thought process continued during Advent as the church studied “The Advent Conspiracy” series.
The series highlights four founding principles: worship fully, spend less, give more, and love me. The message is to avoid being caught up in the consumerism surrounding Christmas in order to celebrate the holiday more fully.
“As we can all probably attest, Christmas has become so much about material things that we buy, give to each other, and fight for the best gift to buy someone,” Willis said. . “In doing so, we not only lose sight of Christ’s purpose, but we also cannot give just for the sake of giving. Do we really think about what we give?
He said “The Advent Conspiracy” made church members aware of the need to focus on Christ’s example of how to live.
“He gave us his time, he gave us his presence and he gave us a very expensive and very personal gift,” Willis said. “In this line, we want to do something for the neighborhood that would be personal, that would cost us something in terms of our own efforts to do it, and that would also show in us the presence of God to people who would come in a practical way. . »
He said some community members may be afraid to come to church, but they may come to learn how to garden, quilt, sharpen knives or understand legalese.
“We want to be more than how we exercise our faith Sunday morning,” Willis said.
Church member Ann Knapp said her congregation would practice this during Lent.
“We concluded that self-sacrifice was a way of showing love,” she said. “We all have talents and gifts that we can share.”
Each Saturday of Lent, a different member of the church will share their talents with the community. Each event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on the church grounds at 4590 Corbina Road in MorganField. Starting March 5, Lenn Knapp will share his gardening tips: he grows vegetables in fall, winter, spring and summer. On March 12, Southwest Louisiana Law Center Executive Director Mark Judson will help attendees better understand the intricacies of the law. On March 19, Paul Brown will demonstrate how to sharpen knives. On March 26, Kaki Brown and Jan Fontenot will be offering basic sewing classes. The series will end on April 2 with a demonstration on how to make bread and oils by Liz Fusilier with Sassy Oils.
“The reason we built at MorganField in the first place was to be active in the community throughout the week, not just certain days and times,” Willis said. “We want to connect with people.
Willis compared “Sharing Our Talents” to the proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.
“We’re going to give them fish, but we’re also going to teach them how to fish,” he laughs.