By Rev. Sue A. Jackson
Mother Teresa said “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
This reflects the spirit of the three churches on the Calvary-Bethel-Centennial Charge. On Saturday, May 19, 2012, in the spirit of cooperation, the churches united forces and washed cars for the community from noon until 3 p.m. They had all the right ingredients for a good car wash: warm weather, a servant’s heart, water, soap, sponges, music and the church was open for prayer. They had a steady stream of cars for the three hours. The day concluded with several cars washed, one dog washed, one water fight, and a wonderful cook who grilled hotdogs for the volunteers. Danny and Diane Maxwell, Billy Butler, Tom and Mary Brown, Jim and Carolyn Harty, Pat Maxwell, and Megan and Sarah Maxwell put their hands to the sponges and washed!
“On a Saturday afternoon, 10 people gave a few hours of their time to help change the world,” said Diane Maxwell, who helped organize the car wash. “Out of their love for Christ they shared God’s love with others by waving to people as they drove by and by washing cars for free, not asking for anything in return. That’s just as God does by loving us – He doesn't ask for anything in return.”
We must remember to carry each others’ burdens. When we do, it becomes less about us and more about Christ, because what we do to the least and lost, we have done for Christ. With a little water, a lot of laughter soaked our spirits. What little was done was done with the intent of revealing Christ’s love to the world. We are genuine Christians, fiercely serious about our faith and in creating a loving atmosphere.
Our church charge may not be much different than any other, but our 56 members have big hearts and we are out to make a difference in the name of Jesus.
The United Methodist Church has a mission: we are to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. That is what our three churches are memorizing; that is what our charge is doing.