“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:36-39)
At the center of Christian life is service to others. We are called to share in God’s work by loving and serving all those in need, in this neighborhood and in the world.
There are service opportunities regularly. The next service opportunities are:
- Youth Mentoring Program: Every Thursday, 5:30pm-7pm. Work one-on-one with (very cute) 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students on math, reading, and physical fitness. Make a huge difference in the life of one of our neighborhood young people.
- Little Free Library—Book Donations Please bring your books in to keep our library filled!
- OrchKids Mothers' Recognition Event, May 9th, 4pm-6:30pm
- Teacher Thank-You Breakfast, June 12th, 6-8am
Service Trip to Puerto Rico
We are putting together a group of volunteers to head to Puerto Rico over two weeks in September: the 9th through the 15th and the 16th through the 22nd. The bulk of our work will be construction in response to Hurricane Maria, so construction skills/experience are very helpful. Volunteers may come for one or two weeks.
The total maximum cost is $800 per person if coming for one week, $1300 if coming for two weeks. Those costs include flights, all meals, housing, transportation, spending money, supplies, and a donation. Please note, those are our starting figures, and we'll work over the next few months to bring them down. For example, we have an active grant request to Southwest Airlines for forty flights, our partners in Puerto Rico are currently trying to buy vehicles so there would be no rental costs, my estimate for flights costs is conservative, and we plan to do at least a little bit of fundraising.
We will be staying in the Lutheran camp outside of Dorado, about forty five minutes west of San Juan. They have space for sixty people at a time. We'll be working with Lutheran Disaster Response, a branch of Lutheran Social Services of Puerto Rico. Pastor David Guadalupe runs the operations there.
The camp is serviceable but certainly not luxurious. We'll sleep in bunkhouses which are divided into rooms with bunkbeds sleeping 6-14 people in each room. We'll work hard each day, and expect to wrap up mid-afternoon when the heat peaks. Most late afternoons will include the option to visit the local public beach or to rest at the camp. We'll spend at least one half-day exploring San Juan or have some options for other cultural experiences.
We are now accepting registrations and deposits to participate in this service trip.
You may register here.
You may make your $100, non-refundable deposit here.