Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: May 31, 2018

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Life-Giving WaterMary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

“I assure you that everybody who gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones because they are my disciples will certainly be rewarded.” (Matthew 10:42)

Temps are forecast for the upper 90s to low 100s for the foreseeable future, so despite what the calendar says, Texans know that SUMMER IS HERE! So for the third consecutive summer, Vista Ridge UMC will provide free, cold, bottled water for our neighbors. If you’re at the church during the day and early evening, you’ve probably noticed our neighbors walking through our parking lot. Some are on their way to work at Whataburger or Market Street or Rosa’s. Some are exercising their dogs. Some have a daily, early evening ritual of taking a walk with their spouse. Sometimes they stop to play on our playgrounds or sit on the benches by the fountain. In many ways, our corner provides an oasis on a hot day: a bit of shade, the sound of splashing and a cup of cold water.

If someone were to ask me who Vista Ridge UMC is, this is probably the first thing I would talk about. We are a community of Jesus Followers who care for and care about our neighbors. And cold, bottled water on a hot summer day is just one of the ways we do that.

If you want to be part of this Oasis Ministry, you can bring cases of bottled water to the church during office hours or on Sundays and leave them in the kitchen. You can also give to support this ministry through the offering on Sunday, or by giving online through our website (or Text to Give – text GIVE to 972.587.7820) and water will be purchased on your behalf.

Life-giving water. It’s what we have to give. I give thanks for you and the ways you share a cup of cold water.

I’m praying for you. I hope you’re praying for me.

Glory to God!
Pastor Mary Beth