Take the #NEIGHBORINGCHALLENGE!

 

As a part of our “Loving THAT Neighbor” series, we want to invite you to be a part of connecting with weekly opportunities that will help you grow in loving your neighbor and exploring places in our neighborhood to connect with God.  We are calling it the #NEIGHBORINGCHALLENGE!  See the details below:

WEEK ONE, August 30-September 5

Love your neighbor:  Walk, drive, or prayerfully think about your neighborhood.  Invite God to help you love your neighbors and pay attention to the different needs they have.  

 

Connect with God in the neighborhood:  Walk a prayer labyrinth in our community this week:

  • St. Paul Episcopal Church, 4700 Lowe Road

  • Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, 1044 Altavista Road

  • Epiphany Catholic Church, 914 Old Harrods Creek Rd

 

WEEK TWO, September 6-12

Love your neighbor:  Send two notes of encouragement this week.  Send one to a church member who is a shut in (we will provide an address list in advance) and one to someone in your own neighborhood.  

 

Connect with God in the neighborhood:  Visit “Merton Corner” at the corner of 4th and Walnut Streets, where Trappist Monk Thomas Merton was overwhelmed with love for his neighbors.  Find more information at:  https://www.spiritualtravels.info/spiritual-sites-around-the-world/north-america/kentucky-a-thomas-merton-tour/thomas-mertons-mystical-vision-in-louisville/ or check out our weekly video by clicking HERE.

 

WEEK THREE, September 13-19

Love your neighbor:  Introduce yourself to a neighbor you don’t know yet who may need help during the coronavirus.  Give them the linked card to discover how you can pray for and serve them.  

 

Connect with God in the neighborhood:  Walk the “Walk of Faith” in the memorial garden at our Browns Lane campus (319 Browns Ln).  Pay special attention to the Scriptures, names, symbols, and sounds throughout the garden and how God is speaking to you through them.  Click HERE for a Walk of Faith video.

WEEK FOUR, September 20-26

Love your neighbor:  Follow up from the card you delivered to a neighbor last week OR complete a random act of kindness for one of your neighbors.  Visit https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas for a list of possible things you could do.    

 

Connect with God in the neighborhood:  Take a walking or driving spiritual growth tour of Cave Hill cemetery.  Visit the following sites using the linked map and reflect on the spiritual significance of each one:

  •  Lithgow--Marble sculpture of Angel Gabriel

    • God offers faith, hope, mercy, and relationship.  Pray to God for what you need most in your life right now.

  • Painting of Last Supper--Gheens Mausoleum

    • Remember that even Judas had a place at the table.  God invites you to the table and welcomes you into a relationship with him.

  • Cave Hill National Cemetery

    • Reflect on the sacrifices of soldiers in American wars.  Pray for peace, for our country, and for soldiers and their families.  

  • Muhamaad Ali Memorial

    • Reflect on the civil rights movement and the ongoing battle for racial justice in our world.  Read through the beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-10.  How is God calling you to serve others?

WEEK FIVE, September 27-October 3rd  

Love your neighbor:  Participate in a socially-distanced, church-wide impact day to bless our community (more details coming soon!).

 

Connect with God in the neighborhood:  Visit our River City campus (4611 Lowe Road) to complete a series of prayer stations that will guide you in praying for different needs in our community.

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