Penny Ellwood

Blue Springs Enote

Practicing Our Faith Through Influence

Posted Jul 20, 2021

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Resurrection Blue Springs,

I just had a great morning with our kids at VBC. It’s good to have an excuse to dance in the morning (especially for us introverts) and I just learned actions to the beginning of my favorite psalm, which is one of the key Bible verses for the week:

“I raise my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2)

Yesterday, I had a chance to color grocery sacks with some of our fourth and fifth graders. We were writing encouraging messages on the sacks to brighten the days of our guests of the mobile food pantry. The kids will be collecting food this week for the pantry. As we drew, we also shared our favorite foods, and I learned how to make a hot dog pizza. (Who knew that was a thing?) My granddaughter was proud at the end of the morning to show off her Bible story craft – it was a pillar of clouds and fire from the Exodus story. This was, she told me, God’s reminder that God is always with us.

In activities like these, even at this early age, we’re teaching our kids who God is and how they might share their faith. This is one of our Resurrection essential practices – sharing our faith. We all have influence, as we learned in this past weekend’s sermon by Pastor Scott, and we are called to use that influence to help others experience the love of God. I’d love to hear how you’re putting your influence into practice this week.

If you need some ideas, consider inviting a neighbor to worship or to join us in the fun at our Family Fun night this Friday at 6:30 pm where we’ll celebrate a successful week of VBC.

Have an awesome week!

Pastor Penny

Penny Ellwood

Penny Ellwood

Rev. Penny Ellwood is the Campus Pastor at Resurrection Blue Springs.