Touché November 20, 2015
Posted on November 20, 2015 by under Touché,

Spinning the Plate for CMP

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7)

At times I liken being a Pastor of a vibrant church to that of a plate spinner at a circus; there are times when I need to make sure the ministry plates are spinning with enough energy not to crash.  Today I want to spin a plate for CMP.  Community Mission Program began in 2002 as a follow up to Group Work Camps.  Six hundred kids from around the country came and worked on ninety-two homes.  This was organized by Gerry Richardson and HRC. When the kids left, HRC picked up the pieces to make sure that all the work was finished.  CMP has been going since then. Almost every month a crew from HRC goes out and repairs home for the poor and the elderly.

There have been times when I gathered for prayer with over thirty volunteers from Hopewell and other churches, as people committed a Saturday to “seeking the welfare of our community.”  It has been one of the signature mission programs of HRC. Lately there have not been thirty people gathered.  We need more volunteers and we need new site leaders. Site leaders run sites and are good at organizing work crews. Volunteers are needed for just about everything, including simply sitting and talking with people whose homes we are working on.

It is great that we have opportunities to serve on each of the Saturday’s surrounding Thanksgiving.  This coming Saturday Rick Rieland will lead a team going into a trailer where we have been working with a woman whose daughter died and whose trailer was in rough shape.  A floor has been put in, a shower installed and the love of Christ has been shared.  If you would like to help Rick come at 7:30 this Saturday.

The Saturday after you have giving thanks, a team headed by Don Bernard will be working in a trailer as well, for a single woman who faces many challenges.  She initially had no hot water and no shower.  Let John Ryan know if you are able to work, or let CMP know if you would like to lead a site at:

It is fitting in a season when we recognize our blessing that we have an opportunity to bless others.  Let’s keep the energy strong in the CMP plate and work for the welfare of our community.

In Christ,