Sing a New Song!

I waited patiently for the LORD;
   he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the desolate pit,
   out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
   making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth
                 -Psalm 40:1-3

Two nights ago, Community Christian Church in Kansas City, MO, hosted their 15th Annual Jazz Carol Fest, a fun, and always successful, fundraiser for Week of Compassion. Each year, some of Kansas City’s best jazz musicians come together to perform at Community, helping to raise close to $150,000 since its inception toward our ministries of disaster relief, sustainable development, and refugee resettlement. It’s an amazing evening filled with laughter, music, and celebration. 

But more than that, it’s a great example of a church finding a way to use its gifts--the resources of the community in which it is nestled, the energy of its volunteers, and the passions and interests of its members--to live out a sense of Courageous Compassion.

Over the last year, I’ve been privileged to see so many churches involve themselves in creative, life-giving ministries. I've walked around Saint Louis with Rev. Margie Pride and Memorial Boulevard Christian Church to help raise more than $10,000 for clean water projects. I've heard from folks like George Armstrong, coordinator of one of our successful Foods Resource Bank growing projects in Valparaiso, IN, who was thrilled to let us know that they have raised more than $11,000 to support agricultural development overseas. I’ve been delighted to see how these and other of our churches have lived out the Gospel’s call to love our neighbors—even neighbors whose names we don’t know—as ourselves.

It’s been fun to see churches like First Christian Church in Paris, TN, Saint Paul Christian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Geist Christian Church in Indianapolis excitedly launch our new “Wine to Water/Water for All” program and find fun ways to turn social events into points of advocacy and ministry for those who need access to clean, potable water. It’s been fun to see work trip groups—many packing their tools up for the very first time—head to Louisiana, Texas, Iowa, and Tennessee to put their skills to work helping with flood and hurricane recovery.

There are many ways to make a difference in the world, and many ways to partner with Week of Compassion to meet people both near and far at points of serious need. We are grateful for the contributions you have made to the ministry of Week of Compassion. In this Advent season, a time of renewal, anticipation, and hope, may our imaginations lead us to new songs to sing—not only of praise, but of mercy, courage, and compassion. May those new songs become new ministries in the coming year!  

Celebrate a Courageous Christmas!

This Christmas, what if you gave the gift of clean water, the gift of a new start after a severe flood, the gift of a new way for communities to support themselves?

We invite you to share your passion for making a difference in the world by giving a Courageous Christmas gift on behalf of someone this holiday season.

Week of Compassion will send you a Courageous Compassion note card to give to those you are honoring this Christmas with your generous gift.

Please contact us by December 21 if you would like someone to receive either a note card personalized by Week of Compassion or an e-mail acknowledgement sent by WoC.

If you are intending to make an online gift requiring multiple acknowledgements, please first contact Elaine at ecleveland@woc.disciples.org.