“The Faces of God’s Work!”
No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have
seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
1 John 4:12-16
Greetings and peace to you all!
For the past nine months, your sisters and brothers in Christ who form the UPG staff have been working tirelessly to make the transition of three separate and unique congregations into the UPG vision of ONE community of faith with two campuses. It is an honor to share ministry with these wonderful people who have proven themselves over and over to be incredibly competent, efficient, and most of all filled with the power of the Holy Spirit as children of God! Please consider taking a moment to thank God for bringing each of these gifted persons into our midst and maybe even take a moment to thank our staff for all the wonderful work they do to benefit our faith and understanding of a loving God.
Every week when our staff gathers we have a practice of asking one another “Where we have witnessed God working in the world this past week!” In my opinion, this practice has really helped each one of us be able to witness how God’s Spirit is working within our midst and has encouraged us, as a staff, to continue striving forward to proclaim the love of God. While I can honestly tell you that every week I am amazed at the power of God working through various people within our midst, I thought it would be fun to share three
stories witnessed by our staff this week:
A brother in Christ from one of our campuses was asked if he might be able to drive his brother in Christ from the other campus to a doctor’s appointment. The man needing medical care is relatively immobile and needed great care for this transportation. Not only did this brother in Christ respond favorably to this man in need, but in doing so and in learning more about his situation, this brother in Christ purchased a meal, not only for our patient, but also for his family. This story truly reminded me of the story Christ shared about “who is your neighbor.”