Disability Awareness Sunday - April 8th

    People with disabilities are part of our society. They are the folks that we call neighbor, friend, loved one, and colleague.  It is this time of year that we pause and become aware that people with disabilities are people first! Their disabilities are a part of their lives, but do not define them.

    On Sunday, April 8th, we will celebrate disabilities!  Don and Aida Baumgardner will share their stories of their life and faith with us at both the 9am and 11am worship services.  We will also have Lisa Warren from Annointed Hands share with our children and our congregation about the gift of sign language.  This Sunday marks our  fourth Disability Awareness (or should we say Acceptance) worship service.

    The 2018 Disability Awareness month campaign theme is "Be Cool.We Are."  No matter the differences between people, it is always better to treat others the way you want to be treated, and this is especially true when interacting with friends, co-workers, and others who live with disabilities.  The theme is all about the importance of being comfortable in your own skin and making the conscious decision to be yourself, because acting different around someone with a disability isn't cool (www.indianadisabilityawareness.org).

    This theme echoes the teachings and law of Jesus, which is to love our neighbor as ourselves.  We gather to learn from each other about what makes us unique, realizing we all want to be accepted and appreciated for the person that God made us to be.  We celebrate that we are all God's special children fearfully and wonderfully made by our creator.