This January, Marine View is engaged in a little friendly competition with Living Grace Church in downtown Tacoma. Together we're asking our congregations to join the fight against hunger in our area.
On January 11, leaders from Living Grace issued a challenge to Marine View - a Peanut Butter War - to see which community could gather the most jars of peanut butter to give to those in need. So far, it's a close contest. Marine View has gathered 205 jars of peanut butter and Living Grace has gathered 156. But in the end, it's not about who gathers the most peanut butter and wins the competition, it's about sharing Jesus' heart to love and serve those around us.
In the gospel of Matthew, as Jesus was nearing his death and resurrection, he left these words with his closest followers:
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me...truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
As you love and serve those around you, you love and serve Jesus. As you provide for the needs of the hungry, you reach wide with God's love and change the world.
Through the simple act of giving a jar of peanut butter, you too can connect with God's heart and make a very practical difference in someone's very real life.
The Peanut Butter War has been extended to Sunday, February 1, Super Bowl Sunday. If you would like to participate, simply drop off a jar or two of peanut butter at the church office during the week or bring it with you on Sunday morning.