Since I was young, my parents have taught me to follow the Golden Rule; do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I happened to join a church in this community where its members feel the same way, in fact, much more at times.
There’s a song that we sing in our church that talks about this very thing, it’s called “God of This City.” The words go like this:
“You’re the God of this city, You’re the king of these people, You’re the Lord of this nation; you are! Greater things have yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city.”
If you could see the images of the areas that have been improved in this city behind the words of this song; it just chokes me up because this is what I believe. We’re better than before but there is still much work to be done and it’s going to take time, money and everyone’s help. Work at it and for it!
Portage First United Methodist is working toward a better Portage and a bigger and better church as well. The church is hosting a Band Bash from noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday just south of the church at 2567 McCool. There is no admission or parking fee, just a great chance to worship and listen to some great talent from right here in Northwest Indiana.
Performance times are: noon to 1 p.m., Flight-10:50; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Nine 30; 3 to 4 .m., Southsiders; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Branches of the Vine; 6 to 7 p.m., our own SONday GLOry; and 7:30 to 8:30 Into the Light. If there is inclement weather the Band Bash will be at the church, otherwise bring your chair and enjoy.
Oh, did I say there was food? I must have; no great Methodist gathering goes on without food. Concessions will be sold and all the profits will go to the roadway project that will link the church properties together to further our mission to become a community where all people encounter Jesus Christ.
Good eats at a good price. For more information, please call the church at (219) 762-3816 or the FaceBook page at Band-Bash-Portage First Music Festival.
The church also is planning its 2013 Car Show Cruis’n for Royal Family Kids Camp on Aug. 3 which is just around the corner. The funds raised from this car show will go to offset costs for kids who have been abused or neglected to go to camp.
The camp gives kids a glimmer of hope in a scary world that has been so dark to them. It gives them one week filled with fun and excitement. Again, if you would like more information on registering a car for the show or how you can help make a difference in a child’s life please call the church.
Lastly, the Red Cross will be at the church on July 26 to conduct a monthly blood drive. The season is always difficult for donations but this summer it has been worse. Please consider coming out and giving the gift of life that day. Walk-ins are welcome or you may register online with the Red Cross for a specific time.
Come on out and make a difference in your life and someone else’s life at the same time.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.