Archive for the ‘Awareness’ Category

Feedback on the first sunday of “Serve”

November 11, 2008

Nov. 10th marked the first Sun. of “service” for my church, Journey. The idea behind this is rather than hold more church services to facilitate the number of folks attending on a Sun. morning, why not send some of them out into the community to serve. We chose to name this endeavor simply, “Serve”, and the first outing was this past Sun.

It was my turn to play drums on the worship team so I wasn’t able to go out. But my good friend Darren was able to go out with his family and I got some very cool insights from his experience. The first Sunday’s act of service would be going around the community with a bag and a note attached to it asking for food donations for the food pantry at a local mission called Graceworks. Graceworks is like most food banks around the country right now. Their requests for assistance are up dramatically and the donations are down. Tina Edwards from Grace Works was quoted as saying that the supplies in their pantry are the lowest she has seen in the 5 years she’s been with the organization.

You can read this for more information on Graceworks.

Next Sun. the Serve group will go back out to those same homes and pick up whatever folks leave out in the donation bags provided last Sun. to bring to Graceworks. Very simple for anyone receiving these bags, you don’t even have to leave your house to make a difference. Darren mentioned that as he and his wife along with their 4 kids roamed the streets with their little red wagon, one of his daughters said that she wished church was like this every Sunday. What a great way to expose your family to being a part of something bigger than yourself.

Why can’t church be like this every day? More services, or more service?

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Please help!

September 24, 2008

Here’s the deal –

My friend Bush and his wife Maris are down to the final couple days of their adoption and they are in need of help. They thought they would have all the money they needed by now but they don’t. Grants and adoption loan applications are out but they haven’t heard anything back yet. The deadline is this Thurs and Bush is selling prints of some of his incredible pictures to try to get the necessary funds to finish the adoption. If he can sell 140 prints at $35 a piece they will have all they need to make this adoption final.

Here is a link to his post with details.

If you can help, please head to that link and respond. Thanks so much for all your help!

What teachers make. (Rated PG-13 for language and gestures)

June 26, 2008

Lemonade Brigade!

June 24, 2008

So this is the first time I’ve really had time to post about my saturday with my little girl and her lemonade stand. When I’m home, especially for such a short time, I don’t want to be sitting in front of my computer. I want to spend my time with my girls. So when Cadie wakes me up at the crack of dawn, I’m up and we’re doin’ stuff! Then when bedtime rolls around, I crash.

Even though Tracy and some others have blogged about the lemonade stand, daddy wants to dote on his little girl here. Even though she is a typical 6 year old who get’s bored easily and is very shy at times, she did a great job with her Crayons sponsored lemonade stand on Saturday. Her cousin, and a couple friends (thanks guys!) sat in front of the Kroger with her in Spring Hill from 10 to 1 and made $155 for Real Hope For Haiti! As Tracy said in her blog, a dollar may not do much here but in a country like Haiti it can literally save a life! The Roberts family is so happy to support such a great ministry and will continue to find ways that we can help. We will try to come up with more ways that Cadie can help as well. Simple things like lemonade stands or car washes or selling some of her toys in a garage sale are easy ways for her to contribute to a serious need in the world and keep her aware of the world outside of the American borders.  

If a 6 year old can do this all you grown ups can do something!  No matter how big or small.