Romans 15:1 We who are strong ought to bear with the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors, for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please Himself v5) May God who gives endurance and courage give you the same attitude and mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is common ground at ABCCM when people in the community come together with our churches and people of faith with one mind and one voice to serve our neighbors with critical needs. With so many voices calling for greater unity and civility, we want to invite you to a place that is accepting, caring and compassionate for those who want to serve by volunteering, just as we care for those coming through our doors that need hope and healing.
At the core of ABCCM’s founding and day-to-day service is gathering around a common table. It may be to serve food through our daily meals, or it may be to offer boxes and bags of food so families can serve their children. It may be spreading clothes out on a table to find just the right size and fit for a mom’s school children; or for the homeless who need fresh clothes; or for the student that has graduated and going for their job interview.
It may be asking a patient to sit on an exam table where they are being served by doctors and nurses from sometimes competing practices, but now collaborating their skills to bring the best degree of healing. It may be opening the Bible at a small table in the county detention center where people from different churches combine to bring light into a dark place, to illuminate greater meaning and purpose for these lives.
Although the news media may make us feel like the noise and shouting about issues and legitimate problems has us more divided than ever, ABCCM is a respectful and peaceful place where we come together with compassion and caring that transcends the noise and violence of the world to be a safe place for women and children who have already had to endure and survive abuse. It is a safe place for Veterans to heal from their traumas and to discover their greater potential.
In all these ways, ABCCM invites you to be a part of bringing your gifts and strengths to this common table in our community. We have lots of tables to gather around, and hope that you will find a few hours in your life, in your month or in your week to come be a part of us. You will discover hundreds who are thankful for such a place where their lives fulfill the call to care for the least of these – and experience the Christ.
Reverend Scott Rogers