It Takes a Village November 3, 2022
Thursday, November 3rd
Take5 Devotional today written by Pastor Jason McMaster, Executive Pastor
It Takes a Village
So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
I loved growing up in the Conejo Valley. As a kid, I remember the Conejo Valley Day parades on Thousand Oaks Boulevard where we would set up chairs, enjoy some donuts, and watch all the performers pass by. The chili cook-off and the fair were also a lot of fun. It’s also a beautiful place to live with the Santa Monica Mountains making for a stunning backdrop to the rolling hills with the abundant oak trees and grasses. I also loved the rich history of the Conejo Valley where Chumash Indians once lived. It was also home to thoroughbred horse ranches, cattle ranches, and fruit orchards where television shows like Gunsmoke and Bonanza were filmed. I enjoyed the beautiful weather nearly year-round where we could head over to Zuma beach in 20 minutes or go to Big Bear in just a couple of hours to play in the snow. It was a healthy, safe place to grow up – and I still believe that is true.
For these reasons and so many more, the Conejo Valley can be a financially challenging place for some families – and sometimes there are circumstances where the Calvary church body can be an amazing resource to turn to first. Some families find themselves in a short-term situation where the church body’s resources help bridge the gap. Others have longer-term needs. In this current season, we see the demands growing. We also see the Calvary body leaning in to help meet those needs through their time and through their direct giving of finances to the Benevolence fund.
Our church body relies on its people being the hands and feet of Christ. For those already serving and giving – thank you! For those new to us or who haven’t had the opportunity to help just yet, we need you. Please join us to help make a tangible difference in the name of Jesus for those in need in our community!
Father, where and how do you need me to meet the needs of another today? Please use me to encourage or bless someone else today.