And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.—Matthew 22:37-39
As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors, a commandment that can have many meanings. It’s often interpreted broadly, and vaguely: the person we pass at the grocery store, the driver of the car next to us on the highway, every person with whom we cross paths during our life. Sometimes, though, the definition of a neighbor is more straightforward: the people we live near.
As we continue to explore our identity as the merged Christ United Methodist Church, we have the exciting opportunity to meet and love our new neighbors in Glenwood. Just as you would introduce yourself to your neighbors when you move into a new home—perhaps bringing freshly baked cookies—we want to make a similarly good impression on those we will be loving, growing, and serving with in the years to come in the Glenwood neighborhood. More than just a building that’s busy on Sunday, we want Christ Church Glenwood to be a place where boundary-spanning relationships are formed, people are loved, and lives are transformed. Our first step? To say hello.
To do this, we’re gathering on the Glenwood campus (1417 Glenwood Ave.) and throwing a neighborhood-wide End Of Summer Block Party on Saturday, August 25, from 11am-2pm, complete with food, live music, bounce houses, lawn games, board games, face painting, a magician, a dunking booth (with Morris Brown in the hot seat!), and more.
Have you been waiting for an opportunity to serve at Glenwood? Are you excited about the chance to meet our new neighbors in this community? We are praying for an excellent turnout for this event and are in need of your help to make it happen! Whatever your skill set, there is an opportunity for you—from logistics, parking, and publicity to yardwork, set up, and serving food to hosting or playing games, making our neighbors feel welcome, and just having fun! Commitments start as short as 45 minutes. Can’t be there August 25? There are opportunities to help beginning August 1. Mark your calendars, check the list, and help us say a big, welcoming, loving “Hi!’” to the Glenwood neighborhood this summer.
See all the ways to serve and sign up at christgreensboro.org/blockparty/serve.