The Every Need Project
October 10-21, 2016
Acts 2 in the King James Version tells us that the first church gave “as every man had need.” We identified a church member with a great need, and now we have the opportunity to move toward this picture in Acts and be the church. Together with The Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders, the FPCOS family will build a new home for one of our own this October. Every person in this community of faith can help meet this every need.
So what is this project?
This is not just some project…this is just us being the church. Starting October 10, we will build a new home for a family in our church that is in need. This project will involve resourcing materials through financial donations, volunteering to swing a hammer to build the house, sharing a devotional on the worksite one morning, or providing food for our volunteer teams over the course of construction. We will be inviting Sunday School classes, Vital Groups, and other ministry groups and individuals to help us live into this picture of what it means to be the church.
Why are we doing it?
In Acts 2:45, the Bible states “They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.” The church sacrifices to meet the needs of the church. They know these needs because they are together in worship and in fellowship. Why this sticks out is because for many, this is not their experience of church. Church, to many, is a place you go. It is a set of doctrines or traditions played out each week for an hour or so. It fits into the religious compartment of our lives. But this text paints a different picture of church. It is more relational than religious. It is not occasional, but continual. It is not a compartment of life, but rather the framework of life.
The sacrifice of Christ became the model of their sacrifice. The fellowship of the triune God was the basis for their fellowship with one another. The way they acted as a church was a visible theology of the gospel they believed. Sacrifice. Service. Relationship. These things were how they lived into the transformation that had been brought about by their faith in Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
To be the church is to embrace this understanding and to move toward this picture in Acts, not away from it. Our prayer is that we can continue to grow into that kind of church, and we hope this will be the first of many more “Every Need” projects we participate in as God builds His kingdom in our midst.
What do we know about building a house?
We have partnered with The Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders to help lead the way. The Fuller Center for Housing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that seeks to eradicate poverty housing by promoting partnerships with individuals and community groups to build and rehabilitate homes for people in need. Last August, the Disaster ReBuilders built five homes on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in acknowledgement of ten years of recovery from Hurricane Katrina. We are both firmly committed to giving a hand up and not a hand out!
How can I get involved?
Every person in our church can help with this project! We have broken it down into three unique ways you can help!
PRAY – if you’re a prayer warrior, we need you on our prayer team! We’re looking for three people per day to commit to praying for the family, the church and the volunteers involved in meeting this need.
SERVE – there are multiple ways you can serve at the work site! We will need 12-15 volunteers each day for physical labor. We will also need a medical volunteer each day (who can also assist in other areas), as well as a volunteer to host our hospitality tent! If you can’t be there to help throughout the day, we will need people to provide breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the build (this is a great opportunity for Vital Groups, Sunday School classes and other ministries to get involved). You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. Volunteers who are ages 14-16 can participate in non-construction related activities (ex: painting, clean-up, etc.). Volunteers who are ages 16-18 are permitted to work on the construction site. Adult supervision by a parent or legal guardian is required at all times for all minors (under the age of 18).
GIVE – if you have resources, you can give a monetary donation to help purchase materials necessary for this home build! Donations should be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, September 20.
Ready to get plugged in? Click the button below to go to our sign-up page, where you can sign up to Pray, Serve or Give!