This past Sunday, fifteen of us set out into the Church’s surrounding neighborhood. Our goal was just to introduce ourselves and let our neighbors know that JFUMC is here for them. We had a list of 55 houses. We formed five groups, and off we went. We had the pleasure of meeting fourteen of our neighbors. Some people prayed with them, others talked. A few of our neighbors said they had been to JFUMC before, and we encouraged them to return!

We came back energized, excited, and refreshed. At the same time we knew we needed to do something to reach those 41 houses where we did not get to talk to anyone. We did leave a gift. Some houses we noticed there were people home but, for whatever reason, did not want to answer the door. We began to think that we need to do something to encourage our neighbors to trust JFUMC!

Hebrews 10:24 says, “Let’s also think about how to motivate each other to show love and to do good works.” What have you done to lift up and nurture trust in our neighborhood and in the community of Jacksonville? Do you have ideas you can share? We have such a vast knowledge in our congregation. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about nurturing trust in our neighborhood.

Come join us next time we venture out into our neighborhood. You never know who may bless you! Take time when you leave church on Sunday afternoons to drive through our neighborhood and familiarize yourself with the streets that surround JFUMC. You never know what you may see or who you may see. Let our neighbors see you!


Stephanie Dunn

Christian Education Coordinator