I picked myself up off the ground to see if I was hurt. Finding no open wounds, I picked up my bike and found the source of my fall. Like Adam and Eve in the garden, a piece of fruit was to blame, in this case an apple at the bottom of my candy bag. The bag was hanging from my handlebars and had been swinging ever closer toward the rapidly spinning spokes of my bike. Eventually the spokes caught the bag, causing three things to happen. One, my front wheel effectively became a blender which shredded the plastic bag and peppered me with a chunky spray of apple sauce. Two, the apple core lodged in between the wheel and frame of the bike, bringing it to a sudden and complete stop. And three, the still-moving rider (me) was rudely ejected from the now-stationary bike onto the cruel street below. My two friends stopped to make sure I was okay, then laughed as I gathered my scattered candy and broken pride up off the asphalt. Who hands out fruit instead of candy, honestly? Some well-intended dentist, no doubt.
As you probably guessed, this incident occurred on an October 31st evening long ago. Christian opinions on Halloween are as varied as the individual personalities of Christians themselves. However, I would ask you to consider the incredible opportunity for outreach that Halloween presents. What is the one night of the year that your neighbors might come to your front door? These are the same neighbors you rarely see, the ones who have recently moved in to the neighborhood, the one’s you know do not know the Lord. This year, October 31st falls on a Wednesday, a church night. If my research is correct, this is the fourth time this has happened in the life of our church. Our mission as a church is Loving God and One Another, Sharing Jesus with the World. What better place to share Jesus than our own neighborhood? Don’t live in a neighborhood? Go to a friend or family member’s house who does. In light of this opportunity, we will not be having normal Wednesday night activities at church on October 31st. We are not cancelling church for Halloween. We are BEING the church on Halloween in our community.
The church has glow stick bracelets with “North Shelby Baptist Church” printed on them, as well as the scripture reference “John 8:12.” The bracelets are available to purchase at cost for $1 each at the Children’s Welcome Desk or by contacting Julie Donavan. Come by and pick up some bracelets to hand out to children who may be trick-or-treating in your neighborhood. And don’t forget to invite your neighbors to our Fall Festival at the church this Sunday evening, Oct. 21st, from 5:00 PM — 7:00 PM. “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” May we as a church family be faithful to shine!
Minister of Education & Families