Church women offer cookies, conversation
They’re out during the Downtown MarketBy Phillip Yates
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorados – The sun beat down on the people enjoying the Downtown Market in Glenwood Springs Tuesday. And as the gathering of tourists and residents sampled some of the products, Sharon Jensen mingled among them and handed out little pieces of paper.They were an invitation for the throng of people at the Downtown Market to stop by the First United Methodist Church right across the street for a cookie or a cup of refreshing lemonade. And if they were interested, a conversation about Jesus Christ.
“Our job as Christians is to show people the love of God and Jesus,” said Jensen, who is director of Christian education and programs for the First United Methodist Church. “We look for ways to let other people know what we know. It is a very old-fashioned church kind of thing.”However, Jensen noted that the group is not out to proselytize. They are there only to share their love of Jesus Christ, she said.Jensen was with a small group of church members Tuesday afternoon, as they sat underneath the shade and talked among each other and greeted tourists from other places. Two visitors from Dallas shared a cookie and lemonade with the women.Jensen said she and the others offered the cookies and lemonade – and if people were interested, some discussion about religion – as part of the many outreach efforts the First United Methodist Church does for the community. Those outreach efforts include the Extended Table, where many disadvantaged people can have a meal during the week.
The gathering outside the church Tuesday afternoon is a great way for members to talk and meet new people, Jensen said. “It is a wonderful Tuesday evening in Glenwood Springs,” Jensen said. “It is great. The conversation is wonderful.”June Robinson, 76, who was also with Jensen on Tuesday, said their outreach efforts outside the church Tuesday are a “good public relations opportunity” for the community to get to know their church, rather than just see it as a building.”We want them to come over and get acquainted with God,” Robinson said. “We are just being good neighbors.”
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