One of the first things Joe Tkach Sr. did when he was appointed by Herbert Armstrong was to reach out compassionately towards those outside the Church of God. For decades, HWA, Meredith, Waterhouse and others screamed and snarled at the evil world around us and how it was not our position to do anything for them. God was going to fix it all in the end so why waste tithe money on them when it could go towards remodeling evangelists homes or buying gold and silver for HWA!
Meredith has obviously been influenced by younger ministers/members who are tainted by the evil world around them. Someone saw a need and got Meredith to change his mind. While he is not necessarily giving money,, LCG members are now starting to volunteer in community groups to help those less fortunate. What is the Church of God coming to when it helps Habitat for Humanity? Who would have imagined 20 years ago that COG members would be volunteering for a Jimmy Carter upstart!
James Malm and Bob Thiel will be having fits now. When will they start helping in their community? When will Thiel start volunteering with the homeless in Arroyo Grande where there are 11 different shelters needed to take care of all the people?
Outreach—Exciting Upcoming ProjectsDr. Meredith has encouraged us that, while powerfully preaching the Gospel to the whole world remains the priority of God’s Church (Mark 1:14, Matthew 24:14, etc.), we must remember that Jesus Christ Himself also said that His faithful servants would “feed the hungry, help the stranger, clothe the naked, visit those in prison,” etc. and that when we serve those in need, we actually serve Him (Matthew 25:31-46). Following these biblical admonitions, as we have the time and resources, Living Church of God Outreach is active in “[doing] good to all” (Galatians 6:10) by engaging in community service work that especially helps those less fortunate, such as the widows and fatherless in their time of need (James 1:27) and also in assisting in local congregation service as desired by the local ministry. Our Church member volunteers have been a wonderful light in both the local community as well as with organizations that have national and international reach. These organizations include groups such as Habitat for Humanity, local hospitals and retirement homes, Goodwill, and others. Coming soon, we have another Habitat for Humanity critical home repair project planned and will also be working with Ronald McDonald House to prepare and serve a large dinner for parents and families of children who are hospitalized with serious medical conditions. To learn more, or for ideas about how you can get involved in local Outreach activities in your area, visit LCG.org and click on the “Outreach” menu item.—Wyatt Ciesielka, Outreach Coordinator LCG Weekly Update for May 3, 2014