While our family is away for a few days of vacation, I am so very grateful to our own Dawn Waters Baker for leading and sharing during our worship time this past Sunday. As our church’s Artist in Residence, Dawn has such a unique way of helping our church family and friends consider parts of our world in different ways. What I especially appreciated about Dawn’s message this past weekend was how she is helping our church family serve a specific group of families in our area by meeting some specific needs. I asked Dawn to share some follow up thoughts from our time together on Sunday and appreciate her giving additional leadership through the words below. Thank you, Dawn, for the way you love Jesus and lead people to follow Him so well.
A Message from Dawn Waters Baker
Thank you for letting me share about the needs of ALERT Ministries. We are a non-profit group created to love the sons and daughters of our community specifically through the Juvenile Detention Centers here in Dallas County and also in McKinney. Because of COVID-19 we have not been able to get into Juvi since March to teach the Brushworks class (an art class I teach once a week). But there are still ways we can help them and their families. These donated items will go ONLY towards the incarcerated youth’s family, many of whom live in deep poverty in our city.
As we are looking closer at our issues of racism and class divide I pray for attentiveness (for us) and a wider heart for our neighbor. Mostly I pray that we visit, clothe, feed and befriend because Jesus calls us to see HIM in the “least of these.” Not because they are less-than but because they have so little. In fact, it is in visiting them and loving them that we are changed! They are “Jesus in disguise.” Not us. We learn to let the immense sufferings of our brothers and sisters into our hearts and by doing so it frees us from our own importance, our fears and judgment of others and instead remakes us into a person with a heart like Jesus.
So in God’s wonderful upside down way, we learn that we need the poor, the incarcerated, the hungry and the needy. They break our hearts for what God is broken for and in that we find our life and our neighbor. I would love to bring you into Juvi and show you these kids. Each one of them has a name, a beautiful face, an incredible, heartbreaking story. They all range from 12 to 17 years old but some have lived on the run for a long, long time. I invite you to lean in, way in and let their stories, prayer requests, paintings and creative hearts show you your neighbor, the sons and daughters of our own community and that we can do something to love well and let them know that they are more than statistics. They are a living human being with a soul and they are deeply loved by God.
LOVING OUR NEIGHBORS
Arpaho Road Baptist Church is partnering with ALERT Ministries in helping to stock the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program pantry with food and provide hygiene items. This pantry serves the entire juvenile department. These are families that have a child that is incarcerated or is on probation. If you would like to help express the love of Jesus in tangible ways, please consider purchasing some of the following items and bringing them to the church this week, Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00am through 5:00pm. There is a donation drop-off area located inside the Family Life Center, Church Office entrance foyer for non-perishable items. Gift Cards may be placed in the secure mail drop box located just outside the Church Office entrance. Here is a list of the most needed non-perishable items:
Pancake mix, syrup
Macaroni and cheese
Peanut butter and jelly in one jar
Tuna (or any type of canned meat)
Baby Diapers Sizes 1-4
– They will also accept McDonald’s Gift cards to be passed out to the families in need or Walmart Gift cards to be used by the pantry to buy non-perishable goods to give to families in need.
– Please make sure that food items have an expiration date on them and that they are NOT expired.
– Please NO glass jars.
– Please NO used items.
– All items must be in original store packaging.
For more details and information on ALERT Ministries, please visit www.alertministries.org
We all are learning to live in a world where Covid-19 is present. Let’s continue to love our neighbors well as we work toward unity, pray for healthy results, and exercise recommended best practices for the health and wellbeing of everyone. It will be important that we choose not to make this a political issue that polarizes people in our church and community. Rather, let’s choose to be respectful of the various perspectives that each person may have, while doing our part to be considerate to all. As you consider when the right time may be to return for In Person worship, please remember to adhere to these guidelines when on the campus:
– Recommended social and physical distancing measures while on the campus
– Sanitization of hands upon entering the campus (please provide your own hand sanitizer)
– Engaging in a physical “touch free” worship experience (no handshakes, fist-bumps, hugs etc to show affection; no physical collateral will be distributed)
– Wearing masks at all times while on church property by all who are present (please provide your own mask)
Our elders encourage those who are in a higher risk category of the population to please plan on choosing to gather for worship through our online platform options rather than In-Person on the church campus. There is no judgment on any who choose to continue gathering for worship through our online options, nor any judgment on those who feel ready to gather In-Person for worship. We do ask that anybody feeling any kind of symptom such as fever, headache, cough, body aches or chills to please refrain from coming onto the church campus and instead gather for worship online until free from such symptoms for at least 14 days.
Our worship experiences will continue to look and feel similar to what we have experienced as a church family over the past few months since we have been meeting solely online. Therefore, the music will continue to be led primarily through our musicians and a limited number of vocalists rather than our choir until further notice. Only those individuals giving leadership from the platform while on the platform will have the option to remove their mask during those moments to help in the communication and leadership of the worship.
COFFEE WITH PASTOR DAVID resumes NEXT Wednesday, July 29
Join Pastor David Next Wednesday, July 29 after his return from vacation with family for a cup of coffee, connection with friends, conversation about what’s going on in Arapaho Road life, and a time of prayer: on Zoom Next Wednesday, July 29 at 10:45 am.
WEDNESDAY EVENING Prayer Study & Prayer Gathering
Join us throughout the months of June and July for some designated time of prayer. Philip Burgess will host a brief teaching each Wednesday night on the church’s Facebook Live stream from about 7:30-7:45 pm. Then we will jump into a Zoom call to be able to pray together in a more secure platform due to the sensitive nature of some prayer requests. Watch your email for a link to join the Zoom Prayer Gathering this Wednesday at 7:45 pm.
As we seek to grow in our effective ways to communicate, connect and be in community as a church family, the Communion App that we launched recently is a great way to stay engaged. We are seeing an increase in prayer, connection and encouragement among our church family as we get more familiar and comfortable with this great and simple resource. Watch your email for more details.
CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING
On Sunday, July 19, 2020, during our Sunday morning worship service, we announced a special called business meeting to be held on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 2:00pm CST via a Zoom video call. This meeting is to provide a quick update about final requirements from our lender regarding the closing of the sale of the Family Life Center. A link to the Sunday July 26th Zoom video call will be sent in a separate email to church members on Thursday, July 23, 2020.
NEED TO KNOW
The following are what you need to know for the week of July 21-26, 2020:
– For more information on AR Kids resources, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be glad to include you in weekly updates and opportunities for families with kids.
– Wednesday, July 22 @ 6:30 am, Men’s Morning Bible Study via Zoom. Click HERE to join this meeting.
– Wednesday, July 22 @ 6:45 pm. Student Ministry Breakaway via Zoom; To receive more information & updates via text on AR Students send @arapahosm to 81010
– Wednesday, July 22 @ 7:30 pm Bible Study on Prayer with Philip Burgess on AR Facebook Live
– Wednesday, July 22 @ 7:45 pm Prayer Gathering via Zoom with Philip Burgess. Check email for a link to join this meeting.
– Sunday, July 26 @ 9:30 am, AR Life Groups via Zoom
– Sunday, July 26 @ 10:45 am, AR Worship Livestream via AR Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and our church website.
– Sunday, July 26 @ 2:00 pm, Church Business Meeting via Zoom. Link to Zoom call will be sent to church members this Thursday, July 23.
ONLINE GIVING: Thank you for your continued faithfulness and generosity as you give to the Lord through the Church. While we check the mail regularly and any giving can be given through the mail, the most helpful way to give is through our secure, online giving link from our website at arapahoroad.org/online-giving.
In Community. On Mission.
David Rogers, Dmin. | Lead Pastor
Arapaho Road Baptist Church
In community. On mission.
2256 Arapaho Road | Garland, TX 75044