Just Love

Adoption, Foster, & Orphan Care

He has shown you, O man, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.    Micah 6:8

Color Blind to Color Bold

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Pastor Ernie Grant’s discussion on race that took place at Covenant Church on November 13th.  Whether you are hearing this for the first time or revisiting what he shared, our prayer is that you will sense the gospel throughout and be encouraged that our God is calling us all to grow in grace, compassion, and unity. 

There may be things he says or seems to infer that give you pause or make you struggle to some degree.  That’s ok.  Ernie is not infallible, so please extend grace to him in the way you listen to what he shared.  He is a brother in Christ who loves Jesus and has lived his whole life as a minority in a majority culture.  May you listen with open ears and hearts and also with an engaged mind to see where God might be speaking to you personally and all of us collectively.  Through all of this, may Jesus continue to refine us to be more and more like him every day. Please stay tuned for the continuation of the Color Blind to Color Bold discussion coming in the first quarter of 2017.

Pastor Grant's Talk:

Panel Discussion:

 

Adoption

Just Love has partnered with Lifesong for Orphans to help as many children and families experience the blessing of adoption as resources permit. Contact Beth Earl.

Adoption Support Group
A ladies group that meets monthly to better love, serve and care for the children God has brought into our lives. Contact Michelle Munari.

Foster Care

Safe Families for Children
SFFC seeks to come alongside a family by providing a loving family for their children to stay with until a crisis has passed. You can help by offering Biblical hospitality, being a mentor and helping those who do.

Volunteers are trained and agree to the placement of a child at their own discretion. The average length of stay is 45 days, but it can be less or possibly more depending on the individual circumstance. Safe families include singles, married couples with
children of any age, and empty nesters, all of whom simply decided to make room in their hearts and homes for children in need. Contact Deb Rosica.

Orphan Care

Orphan care is biblical. It is close to our hearts because it is close to God’s heart. We are commited to making James 1:27 tangible in response to what God did for us as spiritual orphans. God is about big things throughout the world, and we are excited about being invested in spreading the good news of his grace in very practical ways.
Come be a part of a global effort to reach those on the margins with the love of Christ.

There are many ways that everyone can get involved including a Connected For Care book club, Little Dresses for Africa sewing events, Orphan Sunday weekend, collecting supplies for orphanages, and mission trips. Contact Kristin Burleigh.

We love because he first loved us.

 

I John 4:19

Why 'Just Love'

This clear call to action reminds us that we, as Christians are called to do something, to JUST LOVE. Realizing that we have been given much, most of all salvation through Jesus Christ, it is our desire and calling to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the “least of these.” 1John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” Our inclination to love and care for children and families we have never met is based on a response to Him who loves us perfectly first. Micah 6:8 says, “He has showed you , O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” The ability to extend justice and mercy flow from the Source of perfect love. Whether it’s becoming an adoptive family, a foster family, or a Safe Family, caring for and supporting those families, going on a mission trip to minister to children and families in need, or engaging in activities here to help raise awareness and support for them, God calls AND enables us all to JUST LOVE

We are deeply flawed, but even more deeply loved.