Glenn Memorial UMC
Friday, May 24, 2013
Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Good Neighbor Day
Address and ContactGlenn Memorial United Methodist Church
PurposeOne Saturday every September, hundreds of Glenn members, young and old, demonstrate their love of neighbor through service to the community.
As Christians, following scripture, we are called to honor the commandments to “love God” and “love thy neighbor.” In the Gospel of Luke, when a clever lawyer responds to the latter mandate with the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus responds with a parable of the Good Samaritan, reframing the concept of neighbor from the qualifying “Who is a neighbor?” to an instructive “How to be a neighbor.” The Rev. Fred Craddock points out that the intent of the lesson was to leave the lawyer with the imperative “Go and do.”
At Glenn, Good Neighbor Day is one of our opportunities to “go and do” those acts that help us to be the right kind of neighbor. Like Christmas, Easter, and Souper Bowl Sunday, it has become one of our community’s annual traditions. Good Neighbor Day gives Glenn families many different opportunities to come together and get to know our fellow Church members better. Both children and adults participate. Some activities take place at Glenn, such as writing letters to our Methodist missionaries and hosting children from local shelters. Other activities involve field trips to work with agencies such as the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Wesley Woods, The United Methodist Children's Home, and the Day Shelter for Women and Children. Glenn members entertain children and the elderly, pull weeds and plant flowers, collect trash, sort food, and just generally pitch in to make our neighborhood and our city a more hospitable place. Some projects last about 2 hours, others about half a day.
Many of the activities are chosen to assist programs the church sponsors. It thus gives members a chance to experience first hand how our resources have helped answer the needs in our community. Those experiences help to improve our understanding of the reason it is important to be a good neighbor.
All ages are invited to participate. Babies are the biggest hit at Wesley Woods, while school age children can join in the mission at Jerusalem House and the Women’s and Children’s Center. Projects vary from year to year, but there’s always something for everyone.
Good Neighbor Day is always the Saturday after Labor Day. We hope you will join us. Contact Eric and Laura Reece at 404-929-7376 for more information.
Glenn ContactsEric and Laura Reece