Article by Seth Odam
It was my joy to lead a team of twelve servants, ranging from high school to young adults, to Santa Cruz, California, to work alongside Santa Cruz Baptist Church in an effort to help wildfire victims in their community. Our team primarily did cleanup for the Brock family who lost their entire home back in August. With shovels, wheelbarrows, and five gallon buckets we filled two thirty-foot dumpsters full of rubble. One dumpster was filled with all of the metal scraps that make up a home. Things like the microwave and kitchen chairs were left unrecognizable from the blaze. The other was filled with ash, broken glass, and other household debris. Along with that, the team placed 45 hay waddles around the properties of surrounding neighbors to prevent their foundation from washing away during the winter rains.
With good ol’ western Oklahoma work ethic we finished faster than expected! Successfully clearing the site of the debris met a tangible physical need for the Brock family, but it also opened the door for the pastor of Santa Cruz Baptist Church, Drew Cunningham, to connect and build relationships with the unbelieving neighbors who were also affected by the fires. Our presence made an immediate impact, but more importantly we were able to help set into motion years of ministry for Santa Cruz Baptist Church as they will continue to serve these fire victims even after the fires fall from the headlines. We witnessed these unbelieving neighbors not only accept our help, but also saw them jump into action to serve each other.
Living like Jesus isn’t normal everywhere.
Living like Jesus is noteworthy everywhere.
Let us continue to live on a daily mission to imitate Jesus in how we serve and love others. Thank you for supporting us in your giving and in prayer. You make an eternal difference! Seth
- Sundays Sermon “The LORD Our Righteousness” Jeremiah 23:1-8
- This Sunday, November 22 at 6:00 p.m. – Vote to approve the proposed 2021 Budget and the 2021 Committees.
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- NO Gathering Service or TeamKIDS until January 13
- The Church Office will be closed Wednesday, November 25 – Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving
- December 20 & December 27 – NO LifeGroups / Worship Only at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (Childcare available for Birth – 3 year olds)
- Virtual Christmas Eve Service will be posted on the Church website, youtube, and Facebook on December 24 at 5:00 p.m. Provide your own communion elements.
- Feel free to continue and watch the FBC Sunday Morning Worship Services live streamed on Facebook at 9:00 a.m., also available on the website at: http://www.fbcweatherford.com at 11:00 a.m., or listen at noon on 95.5 FM The Coyote