LoveLincoln. It is more than just a marketing brand; it is our intentional effort to show our love to Lincoln Parish through specific acts of service and ministry. Indeed, LoveLincoln events push us beyond the four walls of the church building and out into our community. Last week, several of our church family members did exactly that as they encouraged our local law enforcement personnel. In The Tidings, George indicated in his artice that volunteers delivered around 150 meals and handwritten note cards to various agencies across the parish: Choudrant Police Department, Dubach Police Department, Grambling Police Department, Grambling State University Police Department, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department, Louisiana Tech University Police Department, Ruston Police Department, Ruston City Marshal’s Office, and Simsboro Police Department. (We were also able to minister to a couple of Louisiana State Police Troopers.) We did this because we recognize how personally challenging it is for our law enforcement folks right now, and we hoped to remind them how much they are loved and appreciated. These are men and women who place their lives on the line daily to protect our families and communities. They deserve our support and encouragement in Christ. I urge you to pray for those who serve in such capacities and express your appreciation to them through tangible acts of kindness. After all, the beloved disciple commanded, “Little children, let us love not with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth” (1 John 3:18 NAS). Thanks again for what you did to make last week’s “deed” a reality. How truly grateful I am for how you LoveLincoln like you do!
I am also thankful that your love spills over into our state, national, and even international missions. Already, you have contributed over $16,000 to our Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, funds which undergird the disaster relief response as well as the church planting endeavors right here in Louisiana. In many ways, this offering is the lifeblood of such ministries, and we look forward to reaching and exceeding our church goal of $28,000 so that we can impact our state for Christ.
Finally, I admit that I am missing the fellowship of our faith family. Many of you know that I have been in quarantine as COVID-19 reared its head in our household. Currently, we are all doing well as only one of our family members has dealt with the virus. Thankfully, we were able to watch our worship services online, and we were blessed by the music and by John’s message. Technology has certainly allowed us to stay connected. Yet, it is not the same as worshiping in person with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Neither the television or the iPad can provide the personal touch that gathering physically with the body of Christ does. That is why I so look forward to being back with you. Because I not only LoveLincoln . . . I also LOVE Temple! Never forget that! And I’ll see you soon!