In this total paradox, our acceptance and willingness to encounter death goes a long way towards shaping our soul and how we live in the here-and-now. Without that acceptance of the finitude of human experience in this life, we remain mired in “my story” and fail to move onto or even consider “the story” and God’s presence there.
This is one reason I found this interview with my dear friend Paui West deeply moving. Paul and his wife Missy live in Memphis Tennessee where they run a family business specializing in unique monuments for loved ones who have passed on. Their work, similar to the work of churches, often comes right at the edges of life, right at those threshold moments where, as Dr. Naomi Remin phrased it, “a whole lot less matters but what matters, matters a whole lot more.”
The distilled knowledge we find there is transformative in our lives. Thinking of death, acknowledging it, may open us up to life in brand new and unanticipated ways.
Enjoy the interview!
Snapshots from Pastor Chuck this week…
Join together with other congregants and help us purchase beef from a family farm to be distributed in the Philadelphia area. Many food banks are seeing higher than average demand and often things like beef and other meat (especially high quality meat) is hard to come by.
We have a local family farm that wishes to donate their beef at cost if enough people are interested in supporting this initiative. They process and sell the meat at 1/4 cow intervals. We are hoping to raise enough to contribute 1/4 cow that will then be distributed locally through “Helping Hands in the Northeast”
NewChurch LIVE would like to double our efforts and maximize our impact! For every dollar raised by the congregation NewChurch LIVE will match it and donate that amount to Heiffer International. Heiffer International supports communities across the world by training farmers, donating animals and sustainably working to end poverty by supporting and investing in local farmers and their communities.
For more information or to contribute toward this initiative email us or click the button below!
News and Events
Last week we mentioned that we made our end of year fundraising goal almost 3 weeks early! This is certainly worthy of celebration!
We say it all the time, but it is worth repeating…fundraising is never our main goal. It is specifically a means to supporting the church and all the functions that it takes to operate. Reaching our goal allows us to continue to plan, look to the future and to support this growing thriving congregation.
It is also worth noting that one of the ways that we reached this goal earlier than ever this year is by the small sustaining gifts that people set up earlier in the year. It’s through setting up recurring gifts that the impact of this congregation was realized (and 3 weeks early!) It’s through many people giving a little and growing the foundational support for NewChurch LIVE that we are able to sustain and even expand our reach. It’s through slow, steady recurring support that the real magic happens.
So I encourage everyone to think about what their impact could be? What could a sustaining gift look like for you? It’s through that recurring support that we are able to plan ahead, and confidently rely on the foundation of this amazing congregation supporting from wherever you are tuning in from across the country!
Set up your recurring donation today! In whatever amount and frequency works best for you: https://pushpay.com/g/newchurchlive?src=hpp