Vickie was one of MCC’s first volunteers at the Cedar Crest Farmer’s Market; she has a servant’s heart and deep understanding of how God loves each and every one of us. I interviewed Vickie a few weeks ago about her experience and got a profound lesson in how God loves each and every one us! I hope you will too.
When Vickie began serving at the Farmer’s Market in 2015 she didn’t know what God would do with people’s hearts as MCC volunteers brought water and shared conversation with the vendors.
But she saw God move in big ways!
“This smile, that hello, a bottle of water……God used everything,” she said. “God gave us so many little opportunities every week to share Jesus through the Farmer’s Market!”
She said she was personally amazed at what he did with, in and through her. God truly allowed the atmosphere of the church to bless everyone there; the vendors, volunteers and the shoppers, she said.
Although Vickie no longer attends MCC or even lives in the state of New Mexico, she took lessons from her time as a volunteer with the market and MCC that will last her a lifetime.
“All too often we broad-brush a group of people,” she said, “but the truth is we need to realize that they each have a name, a face and a life-journey and through this opportunity we get to step into that and walk alongside them. The hairs on their head are counted by God, just like ours! They are individuals, not just buyers or vendors and each one matters to God!”
What an essential reminder to each of us in a day that it is so easy, and common, to judge others.
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Please join us THIS SUNDAY for our potluck at 2:00! Meet us at Los Vecinos with your favorite side dish and celebrate with us!
International Students Inc. (ISI) has a fantastic volunteer opportunity for anyone willing to share their Thanksgiving with the students! There are options for large dinners hosted by churches, mid-size dinners hosted by smaller churches or church community groups, and several small dinners hosted by individuals or families. If you are interested in hosting one or more students for a Thanksgiving meal, contact Vince Tidwell for more information!
Shine will be putting together Winter Break boxes for A. Montoya families in need. Each box will provide breakfast and lunch items for a student every day of winter break! We will have a tree set up next Sunday, November 25 in the foyer that will have tags with specific items that we need to fill the boxes. Please take as many tags as you like and return the items on Friday, December 21. Also, please join us on Saturday, December 22 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the A. Montoya parking lot to have coffee and doughnuts with the families when they come to pick up their boxes! Contact Ashley Procter for more information.
The 2019 Clarus Conference is March 1st-3rd. The topic is “Letters to the 7 Churches” by guest speakers Kevin DeYoung and H. B. Charles Jr. There are postcards in the foyer if you want more information. If you are interested in the Early Group Registration rate of $30 per person, please let Elizabeth know by November 27th.