Community in Action June 29, 2020

The virus numbers keep rising and the plateau seems to be getting further away as a goal for California every day. We may have to postpone seeing grandkids from Texas because of flying concerns and it maybe Thanksgiving before our whole family can be together again.

    Disappointment and concern seem to continue to creep into our lives with no end in sight. Yet yesterday in the Sunday East Bay Times there was a section in the Parade magazine talking about people all across the U.S. who are stepping up doing good things.

    12 inch wide cinnamon rolls are being baked by a mother and 7-year-old daughter to help raise funds for the Oregon Food Bank. Teachers in Iowa have created 8-inch paper likenesses for teachers in their school to send to students. A group of fishermen turned a 220-pound ahi tuna they caught into meals for health care workers at the medical center in Honolulu. A middle school student is making stuffed animals out of socks, yarn, beads, and felt for people who donate to a New Mexico Food Bank.

    Sometimes we need to seek new ways to bring goodness into a world that is struggling with issues like this pandemic. These endeavors mentioned above are encouraging, but they sometimes seem to require more resources than we have, both financial and time. Yet the story below reminds me that we just need to keep our ears and eyes open and opportunities will come up at a moments notice. We just need to be aware of the world around us.

    Even little things make a difference as Latavious Brini and Jaylen Johnson can tell you. These two young men are football players for the University of Georgia and they were sitting in a Subway Restaurant when opportunity came knocking at their door. Avery Myers, a young girl in Athens Georgia, had to go to the bathroom real badly. So her mother and she ran into a Subway store to use the restroom there. The staff told them only paying customers can use the bathroom and since Avery’s mother, Christie, didn’t have her wallet she apologized and started to leave.

    These two young men asked if they could buy Avery a cookie, if Avery gets a cookie then she would be considered a “paying customer.” The cookie was bought, Avery was taken care of, and Christie posted her gratitude on facebook, it soon had over 267,000 likes and 127,000 shares.

    Myers said she also received a Facebook message conversation with Brini’s mother, who said her son was “raised to do the right thing even when no one is watching” and that the post meant a lot to her as a mother.

    Let us continue to live out our calling as ones who serve the world in creative and unprecedented ways. Galatians 6:9, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.


    Pastor Randy

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