"Helping Your Neighbor"
Rev. Dr. K. E. Brearley
Longswamp Church has been on roughly the same spot since 1734. Boy! That's a long time! Yes, the timbers used in the structure of our current sanctuary comes from oak trees that were already growing when the Revolutionary War was fought.
Much has changed over the years, but one thing has remained constant - we help our neighbors. The early European settlers helped one another to clear the land. Everyone was expected to work hard, but if a family was in trouble people stepped up to help. We continue that tradition today. We call it, "Paying it forward." If we are lucky enough to be blessed today, we think of others who currently have bad fortune. We generously share God's blessings, and in return we receive many thanks from our neighbors.
We give directly. People who are in trouble can receive immediate assistance with the gift of a grocery gift card or a card for gas. We are pleased to give Prayer Shawls to any individual who faces a medical situation or the pain of grief. This month we will be giving gifts to a local family who is in need.
We also give indirectly. Through financial gifts and volunteer hours we support the local social service agency Friend Inc. We donate food for local children through the School Back Pack program. Each week our worshipers bring items for the local food pantry.
These are all ways we Act on Our Faith to help our neighbors. We celebrate Thanksgiving and we "pay it forward" so all our neighbors can celebrate with us. Come and be a part of this thankful community of faith.