You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

A church that never breaks out of its 4 walls and into its community is essentially a light under a basket. It is our desire as a church to shine light into dark places—to bless our community with our presence. We want to build a reputation in the community and relationship with the community.

Pray that we would not have a fortress mentality, where we keep the community at a safe distance out of fear or self-centeredness. Pray that God would open up opportunities for us to use our resources (people, money, gifts, facility) to bless our community, and pray for Noah and Jerry as they have been in the initial stages of exploring some possible opportunities. Pray that our light would shine in the community in such a way that people would see our good works, and glorify our Father who is in heaven. Pray also that as individuals, we would be light in our communities.