Well, I did encourage people to skip our 10 AM service. But I also urged them to come back for a special 6 PM service. And they did - about 300 of them, in fact.
In short, today was amazing. There were 338 people that volunteered to serve. Instead of a worship service, we had service worship. Southies . . .
- . . . packed a semi-load of clothing for shipment to the Ukraine.
- . . . prepped a garden plot for spring planting as a community garden.
- . . . hosted a neighborhood carnival.
- . . . watched lots of little kids so their parents could participate in SERVE day.
- . . . decorated gift bags to be sent to Haiti (filled with food for hungry Haitians).
- . . . took dessert to Lansing Police department's North and South Precincts as well as the Detention unit and the 911 Dispatch center. We even had enough for two fire stations.
- . . . washed and packaged potatoes for distribution at a local assisted living apartment building.
- . . . painted playground lines at North Elementary school.
- . . . cleaned up Burchfield Park.
- . . . painted a jungle gym at Hawk Island Park.
- . . . sang and visited at the nursing home.
- . . . sorted food at the food bank.
- . . . cleaned the teeth of dozens of head-start kids.
- . . . packaged enough meals to feed 11,000 people for Kids Against Hunger.
- . . . built a porch and wheelchair ramp for a disabled man in Mason.
For almost a year, our church has been challenged to Seek, Study and Serve God. Today, I sense that our folks really embraced the challenge to serve. I don't know, for sure, the lasting effects of today's efforts. I suspect, however, that our folks are more excited about serving than ever.
Not only did I see a lot of people acting like Jesus today. I think I also saw many of them become more like Him, too. What a day!