New Congregation Engages in Mission Initiative

Saturday, August 10

8-10By Debbie Hogan of New Port Richey

and Brenda Cummins of North Fort Myers, Florida, USA

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.

—1 Peter 4:10

Excitement rose in 2011 as 31 people attended the first worship service in the New Port Richey Congregation in Florida.

Each week, all who attend share hot meals. Services typically last about three hours, including the meal and community-building activities.

As the members provide a witness of Jesus Christ, relation-building skills, and ministry, the congregation partners with community projects that relate to the Abolish Poverty, End Suffering Mission Initiative. This congregation remains a place where people can share meals, ministry, and mission. Your generous contributions make it possible for congregations such as New Port Richey to make mission real. Thank you for responding generously to move forward.

Prayer for Peace
Creator God, may we be aware of needs in our communities and around the world. May we always be ready to address those needs by witnessing for Christ and sharing his peace.

Spiritual Practice: Experience Congregations in Mission
Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 164:9a–d. Reread the sentence, “If you truly would be Community of Christ, then embody and live the concerns and passion of Christ.” Make a list of the issues you feel mattered most to Christ. Make another list of issues that matter to your congregation. Reflect on the similarities and differences. How can you help align the lists? Throughout the day, as issues arise, ask yourself, “Would this matter to Christ?”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will expand the breadth of my sharing.

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