As followers of Jesus – the ultimate radical spreader of love and hope – we are called to be the bridge-builders, the uplifters, the spreaders of the Good News and the love of Christ. We're living in a difficult time. It's easy to feel like there is nothing we can do to improve the situation, but that's not the case.

At Etowah UMC, we have a plan and an idea for spreading love, initiating healing, and bringing joy into your life and the lives of others.  We are asking our church family to join in “21 for ‘21” -- commit to perform 21 acts of love and kindness as we begin 2021.  You don’t have to sign up, attend meetings, or report your actions and results.  What you are being asked to do is make a commitment to intentionally look for ways to share the love of God. As you are discovering and performing these acts of love, you might want to include reaching out to your friends and family who have political ideas and loyalties that are different than yours. We must begin to heal the divide and remember the love we have for each other supersedes the things that divide us.

There will be a list of ideas posted on the church website.  If you have ideas not listed, please share.  Also, if you agree that following this plan can be a start to healing divisions and raising spirits, please share this plan with your friends and family through Facebook, email, or word of mouth.  As you spread the love, you will experience joy and healing.  Consider sharing your story by commenting on the church Facebook page or website.

Let’s start the year doing what we can to make the world a better place and leading people to Jesus by our actions.

Suggestions for Actions
  • Make a phone call
  • Send an email or text
  • Send a card
  • Take a pot of soup, meal or baked goods to a shut-in or an over-worked mother who could use a cooking break
  • Shovel a snowy driveway or walkway or rake leaves
  • Offer to pick up groceries or run an errand for an elderly or sick person
  • Take a little thank you treat to someone who has given you good service or with whom you regularly do business – vet, post office worker, pharmacist, doctor or dentist office, teacher
  • Clean out a closet or your garage and donate items
  • Help a non-techy person learn to livestream church or attend a Zoom gathering so they can stay connected
  • Organize a Zoom get together for family or friends to stay connected
  • Donate to a cause that touches your heart
  • When you have flowers in your yard, share a bouquet
  • If you have received good service from someone, compliment them and tell their supervisor
  • Donate blood
  • Volunteer