“When Jesus was asked to reduce everything in the Bible into one command he said: Love God with everything you have and love your neighbor as yourself. What if he meant that we should love our actual neighbors?” questions authors of the book entitled, The Art of Neighboring (page 15).

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Steelton, strives to love their neighbors by building relationships right outside the church doors. A few weeks ago, they met the summer heat and their community members with hospitality and ice cream. While this was not the first time St. John’s shared free ice cream, Pastor Tonya Eza celebrated that because the congregation’s community presence continues to grow, their July outdoor evening brought new and even deeper relationships with their neighbors, especially those who attend St. John’s community breakfast. Members have begun to see familiar and returning faces and plan to continue regular community engagement.