Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center
The FWCOC Resource Center is a way for members to use their gifts and talents to serve God and mankind. All resources and activities listed on the site are provided FREE of charge to residents of the greater Houston area. If you are wondering how we can offer these services free, the answer lies at the heart of what we understand as God’s directive for our lives. "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10). The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief is our way of providing a profile of Ministries at Work.
The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief: Frequently asked questions to a Christian - Exploring the "Giving Season" Kickoff and the FWCOC Thanksgiving Blessing, What Should I do?
Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? Do we look at it from a worldly perspective, or from a spiritual standpoint in this season of giving? Why is Thanksgiving such a big holiday? What should Christians be doing during the giving season? These are great questions whose answers are often taken for granted.
Exploring the "Giving Season" Kickoff and the FWCOC Thanksgiving Blessing, What Should I do?
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Thanksgiving is defined as "a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness," "the act of giving thanks," or "a prayer expressing gratitude." These definitions give us some hints about the meaning of the holiday, but what do they tell us about the giving season, which in the US is kicked off by Thanksgiving Day?
In today's society, marketers and retail stores (online and brick and mortar) take advantage of our vulnerability and high-running emotions during this season by promoting Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday. From the church’s perspective, we need to look at this time of year as an opportunity. It is a wonderful opportunity because many people are in the spirit of giving. As Christians, we need to be the biggest givers, and we need to take this opportunity to share the gospel.
The FWCOC annual Thanksgiving Blessing gives us an opportunity to organize and share our message with the community as they show up early to collect a turkey (and fixings) that will allow them to prepare a meal for Thanksgiving.
During the event, we provide a way for over 1,000 people who would not normally come to FWCOC to be in our midst. Doing this allows us to share the message of God with them. This year, we had three baptisms on this day. The seeds we plant during the Thanksgiving Blessing could lead to lifelong changes for those ready to hear God’s message. Each year, we have families who bring their kids to church as a way to belong. Some families also come for the turkey and sides—the result is the same, as they are always welcome.
Here are some of the comments from people attending the Thanksgiving Blessing:
"Thanks to all of you!"
"Thank you for helping us!"
"Everybody is so nice, kind, joyful, and uplifting with smiles across the entire event."
"Everyone is very open and receptive about my needs."
"Not pushy or anything, just being open to helping."
Finally, the FWCOC Thanksgiving Blessing event is also a chance for fellowship among members, as we begin the day with a breakfast where we can all share and discuss any ideas or additional insights going into the event.
Some members might feel like they don’t have time to stop by, or they may be wondering what else they can do if they can’t take off work for the event. There are many options! Several members have called people to register and stop by the church to pick up a turkey. Members can also donate to the general contribution, as this is another way to aid in the success of the event. Members can also share pictures of the event on social media and other platforms. In other words, there are ways for everyone in the church to get involved. Members can continue to participate in and provide resources to the effort in whatever way they can.
Just remember, we should be welcoming, energetic and in a giving spirit at all times, not only during the giving season. This provides a way for our light to shine. Each of us can make a difference. Sometimes we can be strategic, and the words we say to someone can last a lifetime and help propel them to reach new heights. We may connect with a person at the exact moment when they need to hear such words. As members, we should be able to feel a sense of fulfillment and gratitude by being part of such efforts. It is also important to use whatever we have "in our hands" to help out during the giving season. From tangible to intangible items, all giving is valuable and should not be taken for granted.
1 Timothy 4:4-5, 4 "For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer." (Source: Bible – New American Standard (NASB))
Ministry: Frequently asked questions to a Christian. Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Gary Smith, Karl Spencer, Barry Gibson--Special Events Coordinator. Ministry In-Brief Administrator: Karl Spencer. Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center.
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Resource Center Highlights
The Goals and Vision of the center are to:
(1) Offer quality resources that contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of local community residents and the Greater Houston Area;
(2) Provide an opportunity for every desiring member to use their particular gifts in service to God and mankind;
(3) Cultivate a community of believers who support and encourage one another, and who ultimately bring glory to God; and
(4) Create opportunities to share the goods news of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.
Some services require pre-registration or accompaniment by a member. Space is limited. Call or email us for additional information. Tel: 713-672-2654, Email: email@example.com