You might remember that we started this calendar year with a sermon series entitled “Countercultural for the Common Good.” What does countercultural mean? It means we’re different, and this for a simple reason: Christ has called us to follow him. So we cannot give ourselves to the American dream and its promise of the good long life. On the other hand, but also because of Christ’s call, neither can we be isolationist or indifferent to our neighbors of the Easton Road corridor. Instead, we are decidedly for the common good.
Especially in light of the recent tragic shootings, it seemed worthwhile to tell you all about the PCA’s recent statement on racial reconciliation.
Beginning July 1st my job at New Life officially changed. My role now is community relations coordinator. The session has also started an outreach committee of which I am a non-session member. Steve Smallman (Interim Pastor), asked me, Nancy Bower, to write this blog to help explain my role at the church. I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past few years thinking and praying about outreach ministries and getting connected to our Glenside community. Under the leadership of Terry Traylor and David Goneau, former pastors, the church made a shift to focus more on our local community. In the absence of an outreach pastor, my job was created to fill in some gaps.
At its annual banquet on Thursday, April 24, the Abington Community Taskforce honored New Life with its Citizens That Care Recognition Award for “Phenomenal Community Outreach.” We also received at the same time certificates of commendation from the Abington Township Commissioners and from the Montgomery County Commissioners, as well as a citation from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.