According to the
Washington Post, a church ordered a pizza from Domino’s during a church service.
What happened next drew national attention:
driver brought the $5.99 pizza to Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington in suburban
Columbus on Oct. 4. The minister, Steve Markel, brought her onstage and asked
her the biggest tip she’d ever received. She said about $10. That’s when Markel
told her the teaching at the church had been about generosity so the congregation
had taken up an offering for the driver. She broke into tears.
The young woman was moved
to tears because the congregation tipped her more than $1,000 from the offering.
How many churches, regardless of size, get an “atta-boy” from the Washington
It was all because a
preacher decided to pass an offering plate to bless a young woman—a stranger to
them--and the members responded generously. It cost the church budget nothing,
yet this simple act drew national attention to this ministry. In a world where generosity
is rare, the echo of it travels far.
Take as another example
the early church. Although severely persecuted, the church changed the world
through countless small acts of love and generosity. Rather than meeting big
budgets, they focused on meeting the daily needs of others, and their love and generosity
has echoed down to us today.
But as great as it is for
a church to actually get some good press, the most significant thing about this
story is that this offering wasn't taken for the media attention, it was taken
to please God. God loves it when we are generous. He loves it and He uses it.
That's because the world isn’t impressed by the size of our churches as much as
by the size of our hearts.
7 Each of
you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or
under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
** We will be meeting in our small groups
tonight. Please talk to your group leader for details.
** We need volunteers to feed
the AIMers on February 23rd and March 8th.
The sign-up sheet is in the fellowship hall.
** Ladies, the men of our
congregation invite you to their annual Valentine’s Breakfast on Saturday,
** Mark your calendar for the
Valentine Banquet on Sunday evening, February 9th, at 5:00. Please sign up
in the fellowship hall for steak or chicken.
** We will be signing
Valentine Sonic cards for our college students and AIMers this Wednesday night
in Bible class. If you know of any changes to our college student’s addresses,
please let the church office know.
** Our mentoring program will get started when the needed papers from
school are returned.
** We are happy to have our spring AIMers:
Alison, Beth, Landon, Landry and Sydney, along with Andrew and Megan.
** Techima David, one of our
former AIM students, is back at Sunset School of Preaching for training to work
with ladies of all ages through the Church. If you would like to help with her
expenses, please talk to an elder.
** Mark Leatherman’s
mother-in-law, Lynda Cate, is having serious health issues. Please keep her in
** Linda Hayhurst is at home
and will see her pulmonologist next week.
** Gaye Young had tests done
in Houston this past week. She will go back for another checkup in 3 months.
** If you want to order a church t-shirt, please let Anna know. Information
is on the activity board by the office.
Also keep these people in your
hearts and prayers:
men and women, AIM Mission Teams, College Students, Ray
Jennings, Darla Young, Gaye Young, Melody Jennings, Linda Hodges, Lanelle Dovel, Dwight
Rampley, Wynelle Waldo, David George, Janet Wright, Butch Moore, Bill Huff, Don
Elliott, Terry Cash, Margaret Huff, Sean Chambers, Linda Hayhurst, Cory Calhoun, Lena
Allison, Yvonne Nevins, Haley Klein, Noe Jackson, Mickey White, Jim Kiker, Charles
McKone, Carolyn Cox
Allison Toby Brown
Larry Stewart Daryl Tucker
Richard Combest Ross
Bobby Moudy Danny Tucker
Johnson Delphine Ruiz
Because the Lord is my
Shepherd, I have everything
I need! He lets me rest in
meadow grass and leads me
beside the quiet streams.
Sunday:Bible Class...9:30 a.m.
Worship...10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Bible Class 9:30 A.M. Bible Study...6:00 p.m.
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month...potluck followed by
early evening services.