Operation Overland a Roaring Success
108 volunteers from five congregations gathered on Saturday, September 11 for Operation Overland. Beginning with instructions at Harmony, they dispersed in twelve teams to serve throughout our community. Some installed smoke alarms and new light bulbs in the homes of seniors. Some passed out quarters at area Laundromats. Still others visited and sang for seniors in area nursing homes. Others picked up trash in downtown Overland and along the interstate highways. Another group transformed two yards of disabled seniors from neglect status to manicured beauty. Returning to Harmony, all ate a hearty meal together and ended with worship.
Participating congregations were Harmony UMC, Overland Baptist, Calvary UCC, Our Redeemer Lutheran, and Westside General Baptist. Special thanks is due to Rev. David J. for planning and coordinating the event, and to Jean G. and her crew for preparing and serving the meal.
We plan to do it again in the spring, inviting more congregations to join us.
“The devil is easy to identify. He appears when you’re terribly tired and makes a very reasonable request which you know you shouldn’t grant.”
– Fiorello La Guardia
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
– Jeremiah 29:11
All Is Forgiven
In his short story “The Capital of the World”, Ernest Hemingway writes of a young man named Paco who had been kicked out of his home. Paco was wandering Madrid’s streets, hoping to become a bullfighter.
Paco’s father, desperate to mend the rift between them, resorted to putting an ad in the local newspaper. It said, “Paco, meet me at the Hotel Montana at noon on Tuesday. All is forgiven!”
On Tuesday, 800 young men named Paco showed up at that hotel, longing for restoration and forgiveness.
Like Paco’s dad, our heavenly Father takes the first step. He invites us prodigal sons and daughters to meet him at the empty tomb. God won’t turn away or disappoint anyone. He offers total forgiveness, without conditions, to all.