Being the Church

July 13, 2016

“Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Jesus said that the defining mark of the church would be that we “loved one another as he loved us”. From the very beginning the church was committed to take care of those in need in the community of faith. In Acts they pooled their resources together “distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need”. So compassion and generosity have been and remain our responsibility and our witness. Wesley Monumental regularly lives out these defining marks. So many groups and individuals live this out at Wesley. Our Care and Share group ministers to our shut-ins and nursing home/assisted living residents. Our Sunday School classes and women’s circle groups minister to their members in times of need. Our Early Childhood committee takes meals to our new mothers. Our Men’s Group does home repairs for our widows and older adults. The list of ways our church “bears one another’s burdens” and “loves one another as Christ loved us” goes on and on.
Many of you have gotten to know Ryan Sailors, a 19 year old member of our church. Ryan has spent his life physically disabled and in a wheelchair, but is active at Wesley, attending the youth Sunday School classes and Children’s Worship on Sunday mornings. Ryan has been hospitalized in Atlanta for nearly two months, but finally came home yesterday! Many of you know what an inspiration Ryan has been to our church family. Thank you for all the prayers and concern you have shown over the past months.
A number of people have asked about how they could help the family. A donation website is set up in his name at this link https://gofundme.com/2brdmqrw or if you would prefer, you can contact us here and we can help with the gift. Another option is to provide the family with a meal. You can sign up online to take a meal at https://mealtrain.com/g0yr78 . Please keep being the church for Ryan and his family by holding him in your prayers and reaching out to meet their needs with compassion and generosity as they continue to battle through his physical challenges.