“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 2:37-39Local outreach begins with hearing Jesus’ words to love God and love others. Who is my neighbor? The word means “near ones” and includes people in our neighborhood, at our work, or at the gym. Really anyone near us that God has placed in our lives. Who has God placed in your life to love? Pray and ask Him to open your eyes to the “near ones” around you. How can you begin to get to know your neighbors? Start praying for them, asking God to give you a heart of love and compassion, and looking for open doors to serve and love them. SGC offers some structured opportunities for service:
Abled-Hearts serves people who are differently-abled through teaching, fellowship, and service opportunities. Al Hodges: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caring Hands Pregnancy Center provides opportunities to serve young women and families seeking to make positive life choices for themselves and their babies. Lucy Johnson: email@example.com.
The Food Ministry is a practical expression of God’s heart for individuals and families in need. Avenues of ministry include the food pantry, Meals on Feet and the annual Neighborhood Thanksgiving Meal. Susie Lee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prison Ministry reaches out to adult and youth prisoners through Crossroads Bible Institute and Mt. View Youth Services. Al Hodges: email@example.com
Rahab Project endeavors to educate people regarding sex trafficking, as well as rescue, protect and restore those who have been impacted by trafficking. Al Hodges: firstname.lastname@example.orgQuestions and comments related to Local Outreach may be addressed to Al Hodges: email@example.com. For additional service opportunities in the community check out our list of Partner Ministries.