Arbor Grove Congregational Church
December 2019

Challenge Day

On Monday, October 28, 2019, I had the awesome opportunity to share in a fun, energetic, and awakening experience called CHALLENGE DAY. I was one of the twenty some adult volunteers that shared this experience with approximately 120 seventh graders from Columbia, Michigan Center, and Napoleon schools.  The goal was to inspire people, young and old, to live, and work in an environment of love, acceptance, and respect that hopefully will help make this a world where people feel safe, loved, and celebrated.
Gosh, I recall reading about a Jewish man teaching and demonstrating this concept a couple thousand years ago.  He too offered a Challenge Day by telling people to love their neighbor.  Though his teachings still circulate today, we still live in a world with much hate, violence, fear, and discrimination.  We still have not grasped the full concept of his teachings, yet it seems very simple when we hear or read his words.  It was not just this simple Jewish teacher preaching this idea, it is also found in the First Testament book Leviticus 19:18

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any
of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself:
I am the Lord.

When the Lord tells us to do something, I believe we should put forth a great effort to do it.  We will never experience heaven on earth if we don’t follow God’s instructions. 
This time of the year we often experience more love from others, so this Advent season let us open our hearts to welcome others and make an effort to know and better understand those that worship in a different faith community, dress different, and have a different life style.  Let us all take on this challenge to love our neighbors.

I take this time to wish all my neighbors Peace, Joy, Love, and Understanding beginning now and for evermore.

Respectfully,
Rev. Jerry W. Turner

Arbor Grove Congregational Church
2621 McCain Road
Jackson, MI 49203
(517) 784-4824
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