Living in Community Day by Day – Rev. Laura Glover

Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47

This I absolutely know to be true: life is richer and better when lived in loving community. The passage above records how the early church lived and how the amazing Good News of Jesus Christ spread so far, so fast — they lived and shared life generously in community. They prayed for one another, shared meals together, worshiped together, and helped each other to thrive. The joy and generosity of the early Christians drew others to “come and see” and to believe in this way of life in which everyone thrived.

Despite what popular culture tries to tell us, we are not meant to go it alone in life. Jesus modeled how to live in community as well. The first thing he did in ministry was to draw around him a community of believers who would share life together as well as share ministry together. When Jesus fed the multitudes, he did so by pooling the resources of those around him. Even when he was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, he asked his disciples to pray with him and to share in that most painful time. As the popular saying goes, “A problem shared is a problem halved.”

Like Jesus and his followers, we are meant to live in community, and what a wonderful gift we have at Epworth Villa to live together in such a loving community! But what does it look like for us day to day? This is what we will be learning and celebrating together throughout the season of Lent. Whether by participating in the small group study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together or living out the practices in our community Lenten project of “Grow Deeper Together,” I pray you will be a part of learning how to live together day by day in loving and generous community so we can all thrive together.

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Men playing horseshoes

Thunder UP!

Last week a group of residents/superfans made their way to the Paycom Center. We take our Oklahoma City Thunder games very seriously! For the Webers, this was a #bucklist item for them. At Epworth Villa, our purpose is Enhancing Lives So People Thrive. Helping residents live their lives to the fullest – even at the Basketball Game – is what we are all about.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. King once said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let’s be inspired by his words and take action to make a difference in our world. Whether it’s volunteering in our community, speaking out against injustice, or simply being kind to one another, there are countless ways we can all contribute to a better tomorrow.

We celebrate our relationship with Scissortail Edmond Elementary School where we can help pour into the lives of our young friends. Giving back has no age requirement or limitations. How are you making a difference?

The Market at Epworth Villa!

What’s new in 2024 at Epworth Villa? The Market has received a refresh and it is fantastic! Residents and Guests are enjoying the Market, which is conveniently located in the center of campus. If you need something healthy – they have it! If you need something sweet and cold – they have it! Need a stamp and a card – they have it! Be sure and stop by the next time you visit us and check it out. We think you will be impressed!