My name is Kelly and I lead Cultivate, Veritas’ food and gardening ministry. Truthfully, I love everything I do in this position; there is something so gratifying about working with your hands and surrounding yourself with nature that you just can’t get while working in front of a computer screen. Additionally, I have been incredibly fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers for which I am so thankful for. However, I still often find myself in a mindset of unthankfulness and dissatisfaction, and I want to confess my sins of always looking to future endeavors to feel accomplished and content in my work.
Though a large part of the Cultivate Vision is to build community and to meet the physical needs of others, an integral way to accomplish these objectives is to facilitate a change in how the Veritas body (including myself) views and participates in work. We all work, in some capacity, although this will look very different for different people and thought different stages of life. Therefore I wanted to reflect on some scripture that provides us all with some insight on the subject of our work:
I know that there is nothing better for men to be happy and to do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink and find satisfaction in all his toil, as this is a gift of God.Ecclesiastes 3: 24
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19
In the chaotic dissonance of finding purpose in our short time on Earth, we can often be burdened with the choice and degree to which we labor. However, we don’t need to solve an existential anomaly before we can enjoy these fruits. Often, the simplicity of being thankful and reverent of the beauty and generosity of God is enough to give us the peace and satisfaction we desire. Ultimtately, we cannot add to God and the work that Jesus has done for us, and repentance of our pride is all that is required to enjoy and rest in that.
Written by Kelly Lash, leader of Cultivate.Weekly Volunteers times for Cultivate are Wednesday at 6pm, Friday at 10am, and Saturday at 11am; contact Kelly if you are interested.
Veritas Foundations is a class that talks about everything that makes us what we are as a church and who we are as believers. These classes are required to become a member. Find more info and register on our website!
Family Movie Nights in the Park
Friday night, July 11th, 18th, & 25th at 7:30pm
Come catch a movie with us in Weinland Park! 7:30pm. Movie starts at sunset. What do I bring? Your family, friends, neighbors, lawn chairs, and blankets. We’ll bring games for the kids and popcorn to share.
This fall, Veritas will start a partnership with the Columbus Tutoring Initiative to provide tutors for second and third graders at Weinland Park Elementary school. We are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to give 2-3 hours a week to coordinate this partnership. If you are pursuing a career in Education and/or have a heart for Weinland Park with a gifting in volunteer coordination, you are perfect for this job. If you’re interested, email Amy Byler for more information. We’re excited about this opportunity to invest in our local school!
Milo-Grogan West playground finally has a build date! SERVE C’BUS has been working with the Lord Jesus Christ Church in Milo-Grogan to secure funding and partnerships for this safe play space for Milo-Grogan kids. The build date is on Saturday, August 2nd, and we’re in need of 30 volunteers to help with kid’s activities, food/hospitality, and prepping the lot/building the playground. If you can be there, contact Amy Byler or Ryan Johnson.
Join your community in supporting Weinland Park food pantries. Volunteers from Veritas will be helping to maintain garden plots the NNEMAP and Vinyard Church food pantries this summer. If you’re interested in signing up for a shift, or want to get your community group involved in a regular rhythm of service at the gardens, email Kelly Lash.
Genesis: The Gospel
According to Joseph
Genesis is the first book of the Bible and introduces the first act in the drama of redemption. It tells us about the beginning of creation; it tells us about the beginning of sin in the world and the fall of humanity; it tells us about the beginning and formation of the people of God—Israel and the church; but most of all it points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.
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Community groups (CG’s) are at the heart of the ministry and mission of Veritas. They are where we live out a gospel informed life together. A CG is a small group of people who come together to declare and demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ to a specific pocket of people. Being part of a Community Group means being part of a family of people on mission together. Its our hope to have a CG on mission in every neighborhood of Columbus. Look for a group in your neighborhood and join the mission! If there is not a group in your neighborhood, contact us via the contact page and let’s begin talking and praying about starting one there!
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