Hi Parkside Family.
As I mentioned this past Sunday, we had a great kick-off to our "Essentials" bag donation drive for families from Beaverton High School who are struggling to meet some basic needs. We were able to put together around 150 bags.....amazing!! Thanks to all those who donated financially, those who dropped off supplies and those who helped pack bags.
I wanted send out this short email to let you know that we will be collecting supplies and packing bags again this Thursday at Parkside, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Our goal is to have between 200 and 250 bags that we can deliver to the high school on Friday afternoon. These bags will then be distributed to these families beginning next Monday.
Also, thank you for your continued financial support for the ministry of Parkside Fellowship. It is encouraging to see our church family faithfully tithe, so that we can continue to fulfill our calling to spread the Gospel in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. Please note that due to our offices being closed and the trickle affect of receiving our church mail, we most likely will be making deposits on a monthly basis, as opposed to weekly. If you have sent in a tithe check that has not yet cleared your bank, rest assured that we have received your check. Again, the plan is to deposit checks on a monthly basis. Thanks for your patience as we work to streamline this process.
Hi Parkside Family.
During our Good Friday service, I mentioned a unique opportunity for us to come alongside and support families from Beaverton High School who are struggling to meet some basic needs.
In speaking with Dr. Anne Erwin, the principal at Beaverton High School, she has asked if we might be able to provide some non-food related, but still essential items, that families are struggling to find or afford.
Several churches have stepped-up and are excited to work together to meet this growing need. Each church will be responsible for providing a specific group of items to be handed out at the school.
Parkside has agreed to be the drop-off location for these items and is also where volunteers from these churches will gather (in groups of no more than 10 and who will be wearing masks and gloves), in order to assemble the items into individual family bags.
We will use safe procedures to pack these items and then we will take them to the high school for Club Hope Students to put out for families to pick up.
What can you do? Parkside has been asked to provide bath soap, deodorant, razors and shaving cream.
Again, these items can be safely dropped off at Parkside Fellowship, in the parking lot, beginning this Thursday, from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Items that the other churches are collecting include detergent pods, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, TP, paper towels and Kleenex; if you would like, you are welcome to bring these items as well.
Please continue to pray for our church family, our neighbors and community, as we ask God for protection during this pandemic.
Seeking God's Glory Together.
"Until the Whole World Hears" is more than just a catchy Christian mission phrase. It's a lifestyle that says, "I want to feel the heart of Jesus and see the world through His eyes. I want to be His hands and feet. I want to live a life that leads people to Him."
This Sunday, Parkside Fellowship will begin a week-long global mission emphasis revolving around the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. This emphasis is not just about writing a check; nor, is just about praying for our global missionaries......that's the easy part. The hard part is making a personal commitment to join the harvest.
Every farmer wants a harvest. His eyes see an empty field that is overgrown with weeds and covered with rocks. But his mind sees his field covered with strong, healthy crops. And the promise in his mind, not the problems before his eyes, takes him into the field to work.
First he breaks up the hard dirt, so the seeds can grow easily. Then he plants the seeds. As they grow, he pulls out the weeds that try to choke the new plants. He makes sure they have enough water, and he protects them from birds and bugs.
He does his part, knowing that only God has the power to make the seeds grow.
When the time is right, the farmer goes into the field, gathers the fruit of his harvest and takes it to his storehouse. There, he collects new seeds for the next planting season--more seeds than he started with. So his harvest grows greater every year.
This is the parable of the harvest found in Matthew 13. For generations, farmers or what today we call missionaries, have been preparing and spreading the seeds of the Gospel and now, more than ever, they need harvesters to go out into the fields and harvest the seeds that have been planted and are now ready to be harvested.
In Matthew 9, Jesus displays true emotion as he looks out over the crowd that has gathered to hear him teach and turning to his disciples says, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few, therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." What field might God be calling you to go and join the harvest.....if only for a week or two.?
All must Pray.....Many will Give......Some will Go. Join us this Sunday, as we ask God to show us our role in the harvest. One easy role is to make a personal commitment to invite one person, who doesn't know Jesus, to our Christmas Eve service, which takes place at 4:00pm. Who is God placing on your heart to invite?
FYI.....don't forget tomorrow's (Saturday) Young @ Heart Christmas Party. It takes place from 2:30pm to 4:30pm in the Fireside Room.
See you Sunday......or Saturday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor