“‘Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor?’…’The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’”
As I look forward to planning Vacation Bible School this summer, the theme is really sticking out to me, “Who is My Neighbor?”. Is our neighbor the person we say hello to every time we see them walking by our house? Yes! But in the same stride is our neighbor the person we try to avoid when we are driving in Philadelphia and they are asking for money? Yes! Our neighbor is everyone we share God’s creation with, even if they do not look like us or live near us. I have decided that this summer and the months leading up to it, our main focus will be “Who is My Neighbor?”. Our neighbor may be someone that we have never even met, but we can still help them. For example, on March 29th our Confirmation Class and Oasis will be making a meal for My Father’s House. But at the same time our youth will be making a meal for themselves to have together and enjoy fellowship.
The New Jersey Synod is offering a chance to learn how to be a better neighbor to our neighbors in the LGBTQ+ community, especially the youth. This event is for people of all ages and a chance to hear stories of youth and their struggles with coming out and acceptance. It will also give everyone resources on how to be a better neighbor to the youth. It will take place on March 21st from 9:00am to 3:30pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hainesport, the cost is $20 and lunch will be provided. LCOS already has a group heading up, so if you would like to join, please let Pastor Wayne know.
This summer we have some great opportunities for helping our neighbors and our big one is our Annual Mission Trip. It is a great time for our youth that are 16 to 18, or for an adult over 21 to be a chaperone for the trip. Please let Pastor Wayne know if you want to help or want to attend. Our trip this year is July 11 to 18th, if you cannot attend the trip but would like to show your support, you can come out to our annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser on May 29th. Finally, our Vacation Bible School will be from July 27 to 31st. This program is amazing because we see so many of our neighbors come out for it. This year we are focusing on the story of the Good Samaritan. The program this year is open to 3 year olds, who are potty trained to kids going into 6th grade. If you want to help in any way, please let Jaime know at email@example.com.
If you are on the fence on how you can be someone’s neighbor, you can always think back to the Mr. Roger’s theme song, “So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day. Since we’re together we might as well say: Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor? Won’t you please, Won’t you please? Please won’t you be my neighbor?”