Sonya, Joe and Justin Tinault have built Community Prayer Wall for Coolwater. The Prayer Wall is on our church grounds near our church sign on Dynamite. The idea is to have a place on our church grounds to write prayers and messages. There is a mailbox with ribbons and writing utensils next to it. This is for our members, the people in our “community” and the people who drive by each day. This location offers a safe space to pull on to our church property and be safely off Dynamite Road. At this place, someone can pull over, walk to the Prayer Wall, and write a prayer, jot a note, or leave a message. Once the writing is complete the ribbon can be attached to the Prayer Wall.
In these tumultuous times, this prayer wall offers a gift to people of our congregation and all around us. The Prayer Wall gives an opportunity for people to offer prayers, lift up thoughts, express feelings, share hopes and dreams, and voice frustrations and struggles. It gives people an outlet for expression. The Prayer Wall offers a message - while our times may be uncertain, the One in whom we believe is certain, steadfast and eternal. What a wonderful gift and way of reaching out to others!
This Sunday is the first day of our weekend Coolwater Food Drive. Elsewhere in the newsletter are the details for the drive and items most needed. Saturday is a drop off day for people in the surrounding community. Postings on social media have helped spread the news about the food drive. Some of our members have been contacted and have already received items for the drive. Participants from Coolwater can bring in food on Saturday or Sunday.
Here are a couple of quick thoughts about what the Community Prayer Wall and the Food Drive have shown us. 1. Social media can be an amazing tool for creating awareness, advertising, and reaching out to others. 2. People want to help. People want to do what they can. People want to respond and be a part of caring for the needs of others. People want to be part of something good that is larger than themselves.
As we continue to think in new ways and offer opportunities to reach out, Coolwater will be fulfilling our mission to share the life, love, and hope of Christ.
Blessings to All,