York Rescue Mission
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.
My Father will honor the one who serves me. – John 12:26
We are living into the vision! Many of you will recall my reflections from the Shack. Last summer I took a couple of days away to spend time with God in prayer, as I sought His guidance for the future of Pine Grove. God used the time to reveal his purposes and to do a mighty work in my life. One of the primary convictions that came from the experience was the need for our church to get outside its walls and to meet needs in York City. After engaging the Leadership Council they helped me clarify this vision even more as we looked for opportunities to partner within the city limits with another ministry. It’s important to recognize that the development of this vision has come from multiple sources including the laity.
Friends, the time has come for us to begin this new and exciting journey. We have waited expectantly for change to occur in how we reach out to the community. In the past months, the Serve Team and the Mission’s Team have combined forces to discern the future direction into York City, as well as, other service opportunities. The plan was affirmed and established that we would make an ongoing commitment to the York Rescue Mission. The York Rescue Mission began in 1962 with the purpose to offer food, clothing, shelter, and spiritual guidance for the poor and needy of York County.
Our role will be to serve an evening meal and to participate in there evening service every 4th Sunday of the Month. David Miller will be coordinating the first meal which will occur on June 22nd, which is right around the corner! This mission opportunity will require the support of the entire congregation, as we align ourselves to Serving Christ! There will be need for donations of food, preparing the food, serving the food, interacting with the poor, and eventually helping with various aspects of worship when this element of the program is added at a later date. Everyone is invited to be part of this from the youngest to the oldest!
In addition to this primary task, we will also be holding two other special events this coming year. One is to replicate the food packaging event with youth encounter. The goal is to feed children worldwide, and last year had a tremendous response when we did this. The second is to package kits for Bell Shelter whose ministry is to those impacted by domestic violence. They offer safe houses to abused men, women, and children.
For me, we have come full circle since my weekend at the Shack! God is flooding my mind with visions and dreams as we not only fund ministry, but take the next step of offering our hands and feet as well. Just like Christ, we are expected to take on the role of a servant, and to care for the poor! Please, join us as we Make Christ Known!
Living the Vision, Pastor Joel Coleman