Last night we celebrated Juneteenth with a festive drive through celebration on the Cathedral Campus, Perth Amboy (Complex lot).There was food, music, fellowship, and fun. My wife and I had a wonderful time!
This morning, our Mercy House Outreach Center, distributed 1,000 packages of food, on The Cathedral Campus,Perth Amboy (West Side/ Cathedral Parking Lot/ Train Station). Our public officials, and politicians served along with us, including Senator Joseph Vitale, Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez. There were many other volunteers as well. It was an amazing morning!
My special thanks to Deacon Juana Bacchus, and Sis. Damaris Ramirez, (and team), whose herculean efforts lead these Cathedral Outreach events. Thank you!
Community service is a large part of the framework for ministry in an any setting, but particularly in urban communities. In my book, Church Growth from an African American perspective, I discuss how serving the community around us in tangible ways became a cornerstone for our ministry at The Cathedral. “We didn’t start out with any fancy programs or high-profile ministries. All we had was Jesus. As I searched for God’s direction for my ministry, He gave me a very simple formula. He said, “Love them, lift them and liberate them.” That was my mandate. As I applied them the church immediately began to grow. I also believe that these three principles are fundamental for any church that wants to grow because they cut right to the heart of the gospel message.”God gave me a simple formula for ministry: love them, lift them, and liberate them. Click To Tweet
Even as the global pandemic continues to impact the ways that we are able to interact with one another, we must continue to invest the time to serve. We must continue to seek impact and impartation, in safe and healthy ways. Our communities depend upon it!