Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35
It’s the season for barbecues—who can resist burgers on the grill, corn on the cob, potato salad, and a big slice of watermelon? I leave these friendly gatherings groaning about my overly full stomach and promising myself that I won’t eat for the rest of that day—or maybe for the rest of the week. But on Sunday we will hear words about a feast that is never ending—and we rejoice.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to some families’ changing schedules, the congregation retreat to Koinonia this weekend (July 31-August 2) has been cancelled.
Speaking of barbecues… have you signed up for the Potluck Picnic for Pastor yet?
Join the send-off for Pastor Koran
Burgers and hot dogs provided!
Saturday, August 22, 2009, 2-5 PM
Location: Ralph & Pat Rudolph’s Home, 110 Stebbins Rd, Carmel; 845- 277-4874
Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex, indicating what you will bring, by August 16th. Needed: Appetizers, side dishes, burger and dog rolls, desserts, condiments, beverages (especially water), ice, plates, napkins, flatware, cups, coolers. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate, set up, and clean up. Please contact Ralph Rudolph or Don Icken.
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” John 6:9
On Sunday we'll hear the familiar story of that little boy with the fish and loaves and the apostles faced with 5000 hungry followers. There are times when we can be overwhelmed by the needs that exist in the face of the little that we might feel we have to offer. It can be tempting to say, as Andrew did, "what impact can this little bit have?".
Muhammad Yunus realized the impact that even a little can have. Born in 1940 in what would later become Bangladesh, he rose above the poverty in that area to become a well educated and successful economist. Visiting some of the poorest areas near the university where he taught, he met a group of women who were trying to support their families by making bamboo furniture, but were hampered because they could not afford the high interest rates charged by moneylenders to borrow funds to buy the bamboo. Yunus made a list of the women who needed financial help and came up with 42 names. When he figured out how much money they needed he was shocked to realize that it was only the equivalent of $27. He made that loan from his own money and it was enough to enable the group to establish and grow a successful business. Yunus went on to found the Grameen ("Village") Bank which began the practice of granting microloans to those who could not afford to get assistance elsewhere. In 2006, Yunus and the bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
What are the situations you see around you where just a little might make a big difference? Just a phone call or a visit or a greeting card? Just an extra moment of patience. Just a half hour of time to lend a hand? When these small things are given in Jesus' name they, too, become "microloans"–like the loaves and fishes, they will come back to us multiplied.