Love your neighbor.

At The Table Lunch Series

04-06-2018

In an effort to get to know our volunteers, create an opportunity for people to learn more about us, and begin conversations around some of the core questions in our work, we've created a lunch series. Having conversations around the table often help stretch our worldview, embrace alternative views, and bring creative insights that could help progress our work with vulnerable neighbors.  

Each lunch begins with an overview of NL, an update on our work, and a time of discussion around a topic we've outlined, or questions attendees have. Lunch is on us.  Space is limited to 8 people.

RSVP Online by Clicking the Links below or sending Megan@NLFW.org an email letting her know you're coming. 

APRIL 16 - TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR?

MAY 14 - WHAT DO I WANT AS A VOLUNTEER?

JUNE 4 - BUSINESS ON MISSION?    

JULY 16 - CAN I ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

AUGUST 20 - WHAT IS CIVIC ENGAGEMENT?

SEPTEMBER 24 - WHAT IS VULNERABILITY?

Easter Reflections

03-30-2018

The more we do the work at NL, the more we continue to understand why throughout the scriptures, God calls us to turn towards the vulnerable, live generously, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. To experience resurrection in Christ, you must first know what it was like to be on the cross. Spending time doing this gives clearer understanding just how much effort and primarily, grace, we need to transform situations and our own lives. The more we do this, the more we recognize the vulnerabilities present in our lives today, even if we're resourced. 

Spending time with those suffering not only shows us the pains of life that can represent the cross, it gives us fresh perspective on resurrection when God works through us to bring light to dark places, or when Christ transforms our own vulnerabilities through relationships only formed in brokenness. We need this for our own transformation whether you're a follower of Jesus or not. We believe this is applicable for all of humanity. 

Thoughts we'll be thinking about during this Easter weekend. 


Isaiah 53:5-6 has been getting my attention as of late: 

The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,

   a scrubby plant in a parched field.

There was nothing attractive about him,

   nothing to cause us to take a second look.

He was looked down on and passed over,

  a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.

One look at him and people turned away.

  We looked down on him, thought he was scum.

But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—

  our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.

We thought he brought it on himself,

  that God was punishing him for his own failures.

But it was our sins that did that to him,

  that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!

He took the punishment, and that made us whole.

  Through his bruises we get healed.

We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.

  We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.

And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,

  on him, on him.


Innovation Comes In Many Forms

03-27-2018


This picture doesn’t look all that exciting but it is. The Carpenter’s Sons, who are a group of gentlemen that have chosen to use a portion of their retirement volunteering, are experimenting with a new paint product that has ground up walnut shells in it for anti-slip as an alternative to the no-slip tape they currently use for wheelchair ramps. The tape tends to not stick well & tears easily if someone is using a walker. Wheelchair ramp requires 1" of slope for every 12" of distance, which makes the grade really slight, but that can still be a challenge for some individuals. If this product works, then we can provide a moderate no-slip surface on the entire ramp that will last for a long time. 

Innovation should always be measured by how much is improves ones quality of life or solve the problem and less about how big it is. We are encouraged by volunteers that are always looking for a better way to serve their neighbors in need. #SmallThingsChangeNeighborhoods