What if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbors?
When Jesus was asked to reduce everything in the Bible into one command He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is why, as a church family, we’re responding to the COVID-19 crisis, not by panicking, but by serving our neighbors that are in need.
2 Corinthians 1:4 says, “God comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Art of Neighboring Resources
Art of Neighboring Small Group Series on RightNow Media
Block Party Kit
Bless Every Home Website
30 Days of Praying Through Your Neighborhood
East White Oak's Church Plant: Living Stone Communities
In 2006 East White Oak Bible Church began to develop a local outreach ministry—a difficult task for a rural church. Pastor Larry VanGundy, now the Senior Pastor at Living Stone Communities, had joined our staff to lead the effort. Initial endeavors were made in west Bloomington through one-time events (the Bloomington Block Bash) and Children’s clubs (Good News Club, Summer Fun Days, Irving Reading Program).
Our roots began to grow deeper in the area as we adopted Irving Elementary School and established The Hub — Living Stone Communities local outreach center. Through Irving LSC has established programs such as The Treehouse Bible Club, one-on-one tutoring, and support for the Irving Elementary staff. At The Hub they’ve hosted community game nights, movie nights, and classes such as Faith & Finances, Computer courses, Men’s Fraternity, and DivorceCare. A couple of families from East White Oak, including Pastor Larry, moved into the west-side.
Small Gospel Communities on the west side have gradually formed into a Sunday morning church gathering. Weekly services began in April 2018! Living Stone Communities are based on neighbors reaching out to neighbors with the love of Jesus.
We believe that the Lord is on the move in west Bloomington. By God’s grace we are excited to witness the Gospel transformation happening through the ministry of Living Stone Communities.
See pictures, updates, and more. Search for "@livingstone309" on Facebook.