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How To Love Our Neighbors

Pastor Mike has been teaching us on Sundays about how to love our neighbors. We’re surrounded by a lot of panic and confusion right now. We can be the hands & feet of Jesus to our neighbors and offer genuine peace & love as we serve them. But what does that look like? Below are some suggestions for how to love our neighbors in this moment.

Pray
  • For the spread of COVID-19 to stop and that those who are sick will be healed.
  • For wisdom and compassion on the part of our leaders and health professionals.
  • For those who are most vulnerable to the illness—the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions
  • For the vulnerable among us who will be most affected by closures—those who are unable to find childcare,  who cannot take off work, the hourly workers who will not be paid, those who depend on school for meals
  • That we will be people of peace, kindness, and open hands when the world is panicked and looking out for themselves first
Check-in on People

Do your neighbors have childcare? Do people around you need food? Is anyone living alone and required to isolate or quarantine themselves? Is anyone immuno-compromised or elderly or have other underlying medical conditions and cannot go outside? Does anyone struggle with mental health, such as anxiety or depression? Are there college students who are being forced out of their dorms and have nowhere to go (this is especially important for international students, homeless students, and low-income students)? The gist: keep your eyes and ears open for people who need help and for ways you can help them.

  • Offer to help out with childcare if you can
  • Order grocery delivery for your neighbors
  • Have meals delivered to them through UberEats or DoorDash
  • Ask if you can FaceTime with people to give interaction—especially for people who live alone or are quarantined
  • Offer to go to the store for someone who cannot go out
  • Offer a student a place to live while they are unable to be in the dorms
  • Be a listening ear
  • Offer to go to the pharmacy for someone
  • Offer to tutor students who are struggling with online assignments
Check-in with the Shelters

Make sure the shelters around you have enough of what they need.

MUST Ministries in Cobb and Cherokee has asked for non-perishable foods. I’m sure they also need items such as diapers, cleaning supplies, and other essentials.

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Support Small Businesses

Many of our neighbors are small business owners who are concerned about how they will make it over these next weeks. One way to help out is to buy gift cards from them now that you can use later. This provides them some income right now to help out.

Take it Seriously (But Don’t Panic)

Follow government orders. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing (keeping a safe amount of space between you and others in public). Use hand sanitizer. Stay home if you’re ill. Prepare, but also leave stuff at the store for those who need it.

By doing these things, we are not only protecting ourselves, but also those around us. When we make light of these situations, we signal to others that our well-being is more important than theirs (even unintentionally).

Be Exceptionally Kind

Tip well when you order delivery or meals. Be patient when out in public. Smile. Offer words of encouragement.

Be a Person of Peace

We know that God is in control. We have a hope and peace those in our communities desperately need right now. Share that peace with others. Be steady when the world is shaking. Jesus is our Rock. He is all where our hope lies. Point others to Him.

Strategic Partnerships

Image Church is strategically partnering with these organizations to serve our city.

Image Church has an on-going partnership with Fair Oaks Elementary. Right now, they are asking for help in a couple of ways.

Food Pantry & Clothing Closet
  • Diapers (any size)
  • Baby Food/Formula
  • Dry Pastas
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Foods that are easy to microwave and need only water (oatmeal, noodles, bagged rice, potatoes, etc)
  • Shelf-stable foods, such as powdered or non-refrigerated milk, canned meats, beans, rice, canned vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, etc.

Donations for Fair Oaks can be taken to the school from 10am-12pm, M-F. There are signs at the school directing you where to leave the donations. The school is located at 407 Barber Rd, Marietta, GA 30060.

Read Alouds

They are asking for people to tape themselves doing a read aloud. This way, they’ll be able to post the videos online for their students. The school will provide a book for you to read! Here’s a demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jPsR7ng7U8

If you’re interested, please contact [email protected], and we will connect you with the school.

Family in Need

Principal Yoder has made us aware of a family in their school who were recently evicted from their apartment. Many of their belongings were also stolen. They’re moving into a new apartment on March 20, and are in need of several things.

  • Furniture: 3 beds, dressers, living room furniture, lamps
  • Bedding: sheets, comforters, blankets, pillows
  • Clothing: Girl, size 12/14 (shirts and pants); Boy, men’s medium, pants are 34 waist.

If you are able to help this family, please contact [email protected] for more information.

Mosaic runs a community center where they offer ESL classes, job training, and assistance for students. They are working in partnership with area schools, serving 1500 families as the local distribution point for food.

Food Needs
  • Small moving boxes, tape, and brown grocery bags
  • Toilet Paper
  • Various foods, including:
    • Tomato Sauce 8oz
    • Fruit Cans 15oz
    • Tuna 5oz
    • Pasta w/ Meat 15oz
    • Peanut Butter 18oz
    • Beans 15oz
    • Flour/ Pancake Mix 16oz
    • Cereal
    • Juice
    • Oatmeal
    • Canned Meat 24oz
    • Crackers 16oz
    • Mixed Veggies 15oz
    • Corn 15 oz
    • Green Veggies 15oz
    • Soup 10oz
    • Pasta 16oz
    • Mac ‘n Cheese 8oz
    • Starches 6oz
    • Breakfast items

Donations for Mosaic can be taken to the church Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm. They are located at 1528 Austell Rd, Marietta, GA 30008.

Volunteers

Mosaic is also asking for people to help pack and distribute food boxes, help answer phones, and man the computer lab for students. If you would like to volunteer and serve the community with them, please visit this link to sign up.

MUST Ministries is an organization that serves vulnerable people and families across the Metro-Atlanta area. They are working with Cobb County Schools to feed students while school is not in session due to COVID-19 precautions.

They have recently added drive-thru food services at several locations, including Osborne High School, where we have developed a partnership with the football team, and East Cobb Middle School, our meeting location.

These locations are structured so that every Monday from 11am -- 1pm, families will come to the drive-thru at the school. For each child present, they receive 5 days of breakfast and lunch.

They need 4-6 volunteers every Monday to help get food from the school to the cars. Volunteers need to arrive at 10:30am. Wear comfortable, weather-suitable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Gloves and masks are recommended if you have them, but not necessary.

Volunteer Requirements
  • Over 18. Please do not bring children with you.
  • Not in a high-risk category (chronic medical conditions, over the age of 60)
  • No known exposure to the virus or travel to areas with widespread cases of COVID-19.
  • Not experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)

Here is the link to sign up.

This link will take you to a calendar. Find the Monday you are interested in, look for Osborne High or East Cobb Middle, and click the name of the school. You will be taken to a page with specific opportunities for that school on that day.

For questions or more information, please contact [email protected].

 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me.’

Matthew 25:35 (CSB)

 

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”

Matthew 22:37-40 (CSB)